Nottinghamshire head into the 2014 season with possibly the largest pool of bowlers in their history. They will be hoping that their resources, a mixture of young and experienced players, will guide them to silverware in one form or another.
When available the Notts attack will be spearheaded by England's Stuart Broad and Australia's Peter Siddle, their overseas player this season. Notts will hope they can pair these two established Test bowlers together as much as possible, but England will obviously be hoping that Broad will be wearing a national shirt throughout much of the season.
However, the Trent Bridge outfit will not just be relying on these two bowlers to provide the penetration into opposing batting line-ups. Their bowling resources will be the envy of many County sides this season.
The experienced Paul Franks and Andre Adams will be backed up by the likes of Ajmal Shazad, Luke Fletcher and Andy Carter. Left arm bowler Harry Gurney will also feature prominently again this season and is clearly being looked at by the England hierarchy and, if he continues the form he showed last season, may well
feature for the country at some point this season.
Director of Cricket Mike Newell, who has been in charge since 2002, will be looking to add further silverware to the YB40 success last season, as well as challenging for the County Championship again after winning the title in 2005 and 2010.
Newell has shaken up his coaching staff and has added the former Notts fast bowler Andy Pick to his ranks, which will surely aid his bowlers this season.
Rumours are circulating that Newell could be in the running for the vacant England coaching role but Notts will hope he stays to guide them through another successful season.
Notts have a well established Academy side which produces a number of talented young players. Batsman such as Sam Wood and Sam Kelsall have graduated recently, as have bowlers Jake Ball and Brett Hutton. The future is looking bright for the club in that respect.
Notts have started their County Championship campaign against Lancashire at Trent Bridge this week and the bowlers have come to the fore so far. Without arguably their first string bowling attack, and with youngster Jake Ball making his Championship debut, Notts have taken control after bowling the visitors out for just 144 in their first innings and reducing them to 7-1 in their second innings chasing 349 to win ahead of day four.
Fletcher, Gurney, Carter and Ball have all been amongst the wickets so far and are proving more than capable replacements for the so-called star names.
Certainly Notts appear to be more than capable of challenging for the title along with the likes of Durham and Yorkshire. They look to have the bowling options that can capture 20 wickets in a match and are blessed with some equally good batting options to score the desired runs. Could Newell inspire them to glory once again this year?
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