Fixture News | 2nd July 2005
Smith hopes the good times keep on rolling
Start time: 2.30pm
The 22-year-old maintained his good form with the bat this season with 51 from just 34 balls against Derbyshire and is now trying to cement his place in the team up the order.
He said: ?My confidence throughout the season has been terrific and all I?m trying to do now is maintain my place in the team when Twenty20 finishes and hopefully earn a full-time contract with the club.
?My mindset is much better this year, I have a much better idea of what my strengths are and I?m trying to focus on playing to them.
?I need to be pushing my case with the bat by scoring at a run a ball or better for a good number of overs and also in the field by throwing myself around, taking catches and saving runs.
?From a team point of view the Twenty20 has been a disappointment but personally I?ve had a good couple of weeks playing in front of big crowds and I hope I?ve got myself in contention for a place in the totesport League as well.?
Stephen Fleming has been troubled by an elbow injury throughout the Twenty20 matches and is rested for the trip to Headingley. Russell Warren comes into the squad as his replacement.
Last year?s skipper for the Twenty20 Chris Read will take the captain?s armband.
All-rounder Mark Ealham is also rested for the game, with AJ Harris coming back into the side.
Warren, Hussey, Will Smith, Patel, Clough, Read (wkt), Franks, Swann, Alleyne, Greg Smith, Harris.