All-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate admits that his return to the Essex camp after a hectic winter has not gone as planned.
The 31-year-old represented Tasmania in Australia’s Big Bash before joining Canterbury in New Zealand’s Twenty20 competition. Then he flew on to to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, finally returning at the end of May to rejoin Essex with plenty of air miles to his credit but having had little respite from the continuous demands of practicing and playing.
Apart from 164 against the touring Sri Lankans, nineteen other innings in all forms of the game for Essex have produced a highest score of 44, and he has managed just 11 wickets.
The player was also reported to the ECB for a level one breach of the board’s disciplinary code by umpires Jeff Evans and Steve Garrett during the County Championship match against Gloucestershire, at Bristol, after bowling an accidental high full pitched delivery that resulted in him being disallowed from bowling further in the innings. Ten Doeschate subsequently received a formal reprimand.
“It hasn’t been a good time for me since I’ve been back with Essex,” he said. “I’ve not achieved much and that’s very disappointing for me. I’ve perhaps got into a bit of a rut but I’ve been working hard recently on technical things with Paul Grayson and Graham Gooch to get out of that and I’m beginning to feel better about my game.”
Suggestions that fatigue had caught up with him after his heavy schedule leading up to his return to the English domestic game, however, were discounted by the Netherlands international who was named Associate Nations’ player of the year last October.
“I don’t feel tired as such but I don’t feel that I am as prepared as I would like to be,” added Ten Doeschate. “I’m putting all the hours in but it’s just not been happening for me and that only adds to the problem.”
Ten Doeschate is also disappointed that Essex, despite a host of short form potential match winners, surprisingly failed to make the knockout stages of the Friends Life t20 but accepted that they had not been consistent enough to earn their place in the last eight of the competition.
“I think that everyone is very wary now of talking about the strengths of our line-up and how strong we look because we showed in t20 that a strong squad on paper doesn’t guarantee you wins,” he added. “It’s all about doing the business on the pitch. We started the competition slowly and although we managed to pull things back a bit, we were unable to achieve the consistent momentum required.
“Everyone kept talking about what a good line-up and how many good players we’d got but that counts for nothing because it’s all about doing the business on the pitch and we weren’t good enough when it mattered.”