Foxes make their mark all over the world

Muhammad Abbas capped off his amazing year by being named in the International Cricket Council’s Test Match Team of the Year for 2018.

The seamer had an incredible twelve months, collecting 38 wickets at 13.76 apiece including a best return of five for 33.

Abbas recently played for Pakistan in the second and third test matches in South Africa but the tourists unfortunately suffered a brace of defeats.

The seamer picked up five wickets in the games, taking his impressive test match career haul to 66 at just 18.86 apiece.

While Abbas claimed all of those test match wickets in 2018, he was also in brilliant form for Leicestershire CCC, picking up 50 first-class wickets in his first year at the club.

Mark Cosgrove produced an absolutely stunning over of batting to propel Northern Districts to a T20 Cup victory against West Torrens in Adelaide.

Cosgrove took 34 off one particular over, including five sixes and a four, in smashing 60 not out off 30 balls.

It continued a good recent run of form for Cosgrove, who previously scored an unbeaten 36 to see his side to victory against Sturt in a previous T20 Cup fixture.

Chris Wright and Ben Mike have also been Down Under over the course of the winter. Mike spent time in Perth in December, with Wright picking up hauls of five and four wickets respectively in recent victories for Northern District CC in Sydney.

Colin Ackermann continued his fine 2018-19 first-class season in South Africa by scoring 92 and 78 as the Warriors secured convincing wins against both the Titans and Cape Cobras.

Ackermann has scored 472 runs at 42.90 in seven first-class matches to date, including a hundred and three half-centuries.

Three Foxes have experienced conditions in India. Wicket-keeper Harry Swindells has recently returned from Bangalore, Aadil Ali spent time in Nagpur, training at the HQ of Rajasthan Royals for nine days over Christmas and New Year, and Callum Parkinson is currently in Mumbai.

It’s been a busy start to the new year as Leicestershire CCC players have been training hard, including getting outside to do some fielding drills before the recent cold snap.

The players had a number of fitness tests at the start of the year and have since been working hard across key areas, including cricket skills, strength and conditioning and fitness. There have also been some specialised sessions, including pilates.

The Foxes have also been using the outstanding facilities at Leicester City Football Club’s Belvoir Drive training complex as part of fielding sessions on a Friday morning.

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