New Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace believes the county’s extra fitness and increased mental strength could deliver some long-awaited success this summer
The last time Glamorgan lifted silverware was the one-day league back in 2004. But Wallace, who has taken over the captiancy from out-going Alviro Petersen, is confident the wilderness years could be at an end.
“Going into this season it is a positive group who are focussed on what they want to achieve, and that achievement is winning games for Glamorgan,” said Wallace.
“We have been preparing for this season since November. We are under no illusions we under-performed last year and, given the quality of the side, we under-performed in all competitions. We have been working hard to put things right.
“We are just trying to change a lot of the mentalities of the group. We want to have players who are genuinely ambitious to play for England, who are ambitious to be winning trophies at this club. We have got a very focussed group now.”
In 2011 Glamorgan had a fairly modest season, winning only 14 of their 38 completed games, and finishing below halfway in the table in all three competitions.
Wallace was part of the last two trophy-winning Glamorgan sides in 2002 and 2004 and he admits further success has been too long in coming. Glamorgan begin their County Championship season against Leicestershire at Grace Road starting on Thursday April 5.
Meanwhile, former Glamorgan and England physio Dean Conway has been elected onto the Glamorgan committee for the next two years.
Ex-ECB chairman David Morgan has been elected Glamorgan president for the next four years. Morgan is a former chairman of Glamorgan and ex-president of the ICC.
The role of Glamorgan president is usually for three years but his tenure was extended to four to take in the Ashes Test at the Swalec Stadium in 2015.