Fletcher Welcomes Talk
Of Overseas Bowler
Featured News | 17th October 2013
After Nottinghamshire ensured their LV= County Championship division one status with a draw against Somerset in September, the general air was one of relief and a focus on building for 2014.
At the end of the season, Director of Cricket Mick Newell stated he was in the market for an overseas bowler after David Hussey announced that this was to be his final season at Trent Bridge, a decision welcomed by Luke Fletcher.
"It’s a very good idea,” he said.
“We struggled to take 20 wickets this year, and if you don’t do that then you can’t win games.
“It’s an area we need to sharpen, improve and with an experienced overseas bowler we’ll definitely see that happen.
“Any test bowler would be very good, Peter Siddle would be fantastic, he’d be a great asset to the club.”
In a season of frustration for Notts’ bowling attack, there were high points for Fletcher. His consistency saw him collect career-best figures of 5-52 against Warwickshire, following another five-fer in the previous match against Yorkshire.
“I pride myself on being consistent with the red ball,” said Fletcher.
“I have done since I was a young lad and long may it continue.
“Hopefully I can tinker with a few things on my bowling, work on a few variations for the shorter format and get myself back in contention for the T20 and 50-over competitions.”
Fletcher has also emerged further as a composed tail-end batsman, playing nicely to rack up scores of 58 against Somerset in Taunton and 64 against local rivals Derbyshire on their arrival at Trent Bridge in June.
“I’ve always been able to hold a bat, the challenge is stepping up to first-class level and facing some of the best bowlers in the country,” he said.
“I have struggled with that over the years but I’m finding a method of coming up against them and scoring some runs.”
One man who has rightly taken plaudits for his performance this summer is Steven Mullaney, an excellent second half capped with a century at Lord’s, before collecting the club’s Player Of The Season award. Fully deserved, too, according to Fletcher.
“Opening the batting at Trent Bridge is a tough job, and he’s had to work hard to adapt to it,” he said.
“He’s been bowling and fielding well too in the one-day formats, he’s been excellent.
“There are others too. Samit’s had a brilliant season in all formats, Harry has been fantastic with the ball as well, but Mull has shone.”