Whitticase opts for Barbados for Leics pre-season

Leicestershire will join their Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire in Barbados for a pre-season trip to the Caribbean island in March.

Leicestershire will spend 11 days on the island ahead of the new domestic season where they will play a two-day match plus Twenty20 and 40-over contests.

“The key thing is outdoor practice , what we need with the season starting in early April,” said Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase.

Two injury doubts ahead of the trip are captain Matthew Hoggard who is recovering from a shoulder problem and batsman Josh Cobb, who has a knee niggle.

“Josh is moving forward really quickly,” Whitticase said. “Matthew’s rehab is going OK under the guidance of the physio and he is working hard on his conditioning.

“He hasn’t been able to bowl so far but he has been working on his batting which is important.”

Leicestershire now have new batting coach Ben Smith on board following his return to Grace Road after ten years with Worcestershire.

Smith, a member of Leicestershire’s County Championship-winning squads in 1996 and 1998, retired from playing in 2010 and spent last year as Worcestershire’s batting and fielding coach.

Leicestershire hope that Smith’s appointment will address an obvious weakness in their coaching set-up since Tim Boon resigned to head up the England Under-19 system in September 2010.

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