General News | 24th May 2005
Bicknell targets one more season
Date: May 25-28
Start time: 11am
Game: Gloucestershire v Notts
Competition: Frizzell County Championship Division One
The 37-year-old has started 2005 with a bang with four half-centuries and a hundred, and says he would love to play another season - provided he continues to score runs.
He said: "You're a long time retired and I will miss the dressing room atmosphere a lot. We've got a fantastic team spirit this year and there's isn't a bad apple in there.
"If I keep on proving to myself that I can contribute to Notts winning matches I would love to stay on but I have to be realistic about my age and fitness.
"I'll wait until later in the season before I make a final decision, but in the end I also have to show the management I'm worth another contract, so we'll wait and see how the summer pans out."
Bicknell is in a squad of 13 travelling to Bristol and the left-hander is confident we can get back to winning ways after our defeat to Kent at Trent Bridge.
He added: "We need to put the Kent result to bed and move on very swiftly. Gloucestershire are a team without any real superstars but they do have a terrific work ethic and back each other up.
"We'll need to work hard to beat them but we have to remember what a good start we have made. We've collected the most points from four games of anyone in the division and are still in a very strong position.
"And if Greg Smith and Graeme Swann are fit to play we will have a stronger bowling attack which can push us to another win."
Director of Cricket Mick Newell adds Smith and Swann to the XI that took on Kent.
Smith has recovered from a hamstring strain and Swann's shoulder injury has been rested.
AJ Harris has targeted the game with Hampshire for his return from a broken thumb.
Russell Warren has been playing for the Second XI against Durham this week in a bid to shake off his back problem and may be fit for the totesport League match with Essex on Bank Holiday Monday.
Bicknell, Gallian, Singh, Fleming (cap), Hussey, Read (wkt), Patel, Ealham, Clough, Sidebottom, Newby, Smith, Swann.