Shocked Rose decides to keep the faith

Brian Rose has admitted to being shocked and disappointed by Somerset’s terrible start to the LV= County Championship season.

But the club’s director of cricket believes the time is right to show faith in his experienced players, rather than make drastic team changes for the third fixture of the season, against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl this week.

The bookies’ favourites for the title have been embarrassed by Warwickshire and Lancashire in the first two games, losing both by an innings inside three days.

A number of talented youngsters, including Lewis Gregory, Adam Dibble, Max Waller and Craig Meschede, have pressed claims for opportunities with promising displays in pre-season.

But only all-rounder Gregory is added to the squad for the Hampshire game after impressing with the ball in the Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Rose said: “I believe it would place too much pressure on our young players to pitch them in at this early stage after two very poor performances.

“If the trend continues we do have a number of selection options, but I will assess things again after we have played four Championship matches.

“The team we have picked so far is the one we consider our strongest and we know the players involved are capable of so much better.

“Hopefully, the CB40 win at Trent Bridge will have boosted confidence again after what we all admit has been a shocking start in the Championship and I believe the team will come good.

“We need a change of attitude with our batting to show a greater desire to occupy the crease when under pressure and our bowlers have to perform well in pairs.

“I shall be looking for both those things to happen at the Rose Bowl, but I feel that sooner rather than later an opposition team is going to pay for the frustrations we have suffered so far.”

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