Nottinghamshire batsman Ali Brown has no plans to change his explosive approach to limited overs cricket when the Friends Provident t20 begins in June.
The renowned six-hitter turned 40 today but has recovered from off-season surgery to remove a bone spur and is ready to report for pre-season training later this month.
Brown joined Notts after 21 years with Surrey and proved to be a sound acquisition with solid performances in all formats.
“Last season revitalised me and if I’m banging hundreds and enjoying my cricket then I’d hope to sit down with Mick and talk about extending my stay,” said Brown who scored 849 LV= County Championship runs and three Twenty20 Cup fifties in his debut season at Trent Bridge.
“I don’t feel like I’m living in the body of a forty year old and I was actually a little bit disappointed to average 40 in the Championship last season because I felt that my form and the wickets made a 50 run average achievable.
“I struck the ball with confidence in the second half of our Twenty20 campaign, had less fear of failure and developed a good understanding with Matt Wood in the opening pair.”
Brown’s form combined with the impact of overseas duo David Hussey and Dirk Nannes will go a long way to determining the success of the Outlaws campaign in the revamped Friends Provident t20.
A veteran of 16 one day internationals, he saw the strengths of Nannes during his stint with Middlesex and believes his capture represents shrewd business by the Notts management.
“Left-armers can be harder to hit because they tend to get across right-handed batsman and Dirk has good pace which will make him a real asset to the side,” said Brown.
“David Hussey was explosive last season and I’m sure he’ll pick up where he left off. On top of that we’ve signed some good young players who can help the older men in the field.”
We’re giving away a family season ticket providing free admission for two adults and two under 16s to all eight Friends Provident t20 matches at Trent Bridge in 2010.
To stand a chance of winning, tell us which county Ali Brown represented before his switch to Nottinghamshire in 2009:
Email your answer and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org . The closing date for entries is Friday 19th February.
Friends Provident t20 - Notts Outlaws fixtures at Trent Bridge
Friday 11th June V Derbyshire Falcons
Sunday 13th June V Worcestershire Royals
Tuesday 15th June V Lancashire Lightning
Tuesday 22nd June V Northants Steelbacks
Friday 25th June V Durham Dynamo
Sunday 27th June V Warwickshire Bears
Thursday 15th July V Leicestershire Foxes
Saturday 17th July V Yorkshire Carnegie
£31 family (2 adults, 2 under 16s)
£7 under 16s and over 60s
Friends Provident t20 Season Tickets
£175 family (2 adults, 2 under 16s)
£20 juniors (includes full membership of Junior Outlaws)
Click here to buy tickets or call 0844 8118711.