Fast bowler Liam Norwell is raring to go in 2021 and start making up for some lost time with Warwickshire.
After joining the Bears from Gloucestershire, Norwell made a spectacular start in 2019. He took seven for 41 on his debut at Taunton and struck 64, including 50 in fours and sixes, on his home debut against Surrey.
A freak injury and the pandemic have combined to keep him largely sidelined since but the 28-year-old is now fully fit and looking to regain the form which brought him 171 first class wickets for Gloucestershire across the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.
“It has been frustrating,” he said. “Slipping in the championship match at York after one ball and damaging my hamstring was very frustrating. I could slip 99 times and do no damage, but at least I know it’s not my body letting me down, it was just a freak injury.
“I’m fully fit and ready to go. I’ve been training by myself during lockdown, of course, but am really looking forward to getting back to training with the lads again and getting in some hard graft up to and after Christmas.”
Norwell is aiming to make a major contribution for the Bears in 2021 and is excited about qualities of the squad of which he intends to be a big part.
“I think it’s a really exciting time for the club,” he said. “We have got some great senior players like Tim Bresnan and OHD and then the likes of Will Rhodes and myself who have played quite a lot of cricket now, and then some really good younger guys. In the bowling alone we’ve got Henry Brookes, who’s already been in the England set up, and Ethan Brookes and George Garrett who could really contribute in the coming years.
“We’ve got all bases covered and I think we have an opportunity to do something special in the next two or the years. I am really looking forward to 2021 when the first class format, with divisions of six, will give us a great opportunity to get on a run.”