Adam Hose is looking forward to well and truly “immersing himself” in the Warwickshire set-up when he returns to England next month after wintering in Australia.
The Bears batsman has spent the last three months down under in Adelaide where he has been playing grade cricket for Kensington District.
There is a real sense of a fresh start under Ashley Giles and Jim Troughton. The players feel that way very strongly and are excited by the new season and what it might bring and I hope the supporters are too.Adam Hose
The 25-year-old reports that his stay has been “good prep” for the new county season in England – and has left him champing at the bit to get cracking back with the Bears ahead of his first full season at Edgbaston.
Hose, who made a spectacular entry for the Bears with some explosive innings in the NatWestT20Blast last season, is aiming to excel in all formats in 2018 having been kept out of championship cricket last year due to a condition of his midsummer switch from Somerset.
“It’s been good prep in Adelaide,” he said. “I have played some red and white-ball cricket, played matches at weekends and trained three times a week.
“I’ve also been doing a lot of gym work because I know the guys back at Edgbaston have been getting beasted! Every time I talk to them they have just had some fitness tests, so I have made sure I have kept up over here.
“It’s been a good winter and when I return to England I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in life in Birmingham and with the Bears. It will be my first full season and my target is to score enough runs to be selected in all three formats.
“It was great to get a taste life with the Bears last season and get to know the set-up. Now the prospect of my first full season is very exciting.
“I’m looking forward to catching up with the guys and getting to work in the marquee which will give us specific early-season preparation.
“There is a real sense of a fresh start under Ashley Giles and Jim Troughton. The players feel that way very strongly and are excited by the new season and what it might bring and I hope the supporters are too.”