Northamptonshire are sending three batsmen on a pre-season training camp to Sri Lanka.
David Murphy and Ben Howgego will spend three weeks on the island and they will be joined there for the first ten days by opening batsmen Stephen Peters.
The trio will fly out on January 22 and will link up with the county’s overseas player Chaminda Vaas who has helped organise the trip by arranging accommodation and bowlers for the training sessions.
The training camp will help the Northamptonshire players prepare for the new season in a warmer climate and also to improve their batting techniques against spin bowling.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to sort a trip like this out. I was speaking to Ben and Stephen last season and wanted to go and work on my skills in a warmer climate during the winter,” said wicketkeeper-batsman Murphy.
“Chaminda has been brilliant in helping us with this trip, and I’m sure it will play a big part in my development and future progress.”
The entire Northamptonshire squad is scheduled to return to South Africa for a pre-season tour in March but head coach David Capel believes the Sri Lanka camp will be an extra opportunity for Murphy, Howgego and Peters to get in some valuable outdoor training.
“I’m sure this will be a very good opportunity for them. When a trip like this is properly thought out and organised, I think it offers the players a boost,” Capel said.
“For them to train and work on their techniques, especially against spin, by going on a short trip like this is great and I would advocate this kind of trip to others. They go with our full support.”