Glamorgan Dragons are hoping the re-introduction of Mark Cosgrove into their line-up will propel them towards success in this season’s Friends Life t20.
The Tasmania opener scored more than 2,000 runs for the county in all competitions last season, which also saw him become the third highest scorer in Twenty20 cricket.
But because of the appointment of South African Alviro Petersen as captain, the big-hitting Cosgrove has only been re-engaged for the Twenty20 Cup.
“Mark coming back into the side adds an injection and he is a fans’ favourite,” said Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott. “He will give us some spark following a couple of hard weeks in the County Championship.”
“I am excited about the Twenty20. We have the aces in the batting line-up with some power hitters. We have workers with the ball which is particularly handy at Cardiff with the big, square boundaries.”
But because of 12 days of Championship cricket in 14 days, Glamorgan have had no time to practice Twenty20 cricket. The Dragons’ planning was, in essence, one meeting in their hotel in Northampton this week.
“We thrashed around a few new ideas in the meeting which we needed to do and for people to identify different roles,” added Mott. “The preparation has not been ideal, but we have to live with that because it is not going to change.
“We do have a bit of a break after the opening game and we need to get through this game as best we can get and try to get a positive result. After that we will have more time to have practice.”
But Mott wants his players to keep their approach to Twenty20 as simple as possible. “The danger of Twenty20 is to outthink yourself and get too complicated,” he added. “It’s the same as the other formats. It’s making good decisions under pressure.
“Hopefully if we simplify our processes, identify the players particular roles then they can go out and enjoy themselves and execute what we’ve talked about.”
One concern for Glamorgan is a foot injury to England Lions seamer James Harris. He could be out for another two weeks after missing the last two Championship matches.
“He’s a bit of a golden goose and we don’t want to cook him,” said Mott. “We will err on the side of caution and make sure he is 100 per cent before we get him back bowling.”