Peter Moores says Nottinghamshire are committed to playing aggressive and entertaining cricket when the new season gets underway in April.

While the Head Coach accepts that conditions play their part and that his side will inevitably find themselves, at times, with their backs to the wall – he’s focussed on a style of play that will entertain the public. 

“We’ll try to play aggressive cricket,” he said. “You look for opportunities to dominate games. “Sometimes, in any format of the game, you’ve got to soak up the pressure.

“The expectation on our players is that they can do that, but to be waiting for our chance to strike and win games of cricket.

“We’re looking to win games, not draw them. You want your side to be the aggressor as much as you possibly can. We’ll try and do that because it’s an exciting way of playing cricket.

“In four-day cricket, we’ve been trying to get the right balance between the pitch and being exciting to watch.

“I’m expecting to play some really exiting cricket.

“There’s a chance to win a trophy early - the Royal London One-Day Cup - something we were privileged to win a couple of years ago, so we’ll target that.

“Then we’d love to be in both remaining competitions for the last part of the season.

“Training has gone well. The lads have put a good shift in so far and now we’re getting to the exciting bit.”

In completing the domestic signings of Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Zak Chappell and Ben Slater, Nottinghamshire have made quite the statement of intent ahead of the new campaign.

It’s also notable, however, that the Outlaws’ professional squad boasts seven players that first made their mark at the Club as teenagers.

The twin propellers of exciting recruitment and developing homegrown are what Moores hopes will breed success, now and long into the future.

“We’re an ambitious club. We’ve gone through a big transition and there are two threads going.

“We want to develop our own players. We’ve seen the likes of Tom Moores and Matt Carter come into the team and do well.

“From our Academy boys, we’ve also seen Jack Blatherwick and Lyndon James make their debuts in recent times.

“The interesting thing with Clarke, Chappell, Slater and Duckett is that they’re young and exciting players.

“Our message is that we are ambitious and that we want to play a style of cricket that’s worth watching.”


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