Durham’s new head coach Jon Lewis says he is excited about the opportunity of coaching Durham for the first time for the "whole season” as he was forced into the job when Geoff Cook, the then Durham coach had a heart attack.
Lewis is now a full-time coach of Durham’s senior side and looks forward to helping them defend their division 1 title, “It’s a slightly different role for me obviously, although I was pretty involved last year,” he is quoted as saying on ecb.co.uk.
“I am obviously making a few more decisions now but I am just really pleased with how the guys have responded.
“Being here through the winter, I have seen plenty of good work being done. It can be tricky indoors but we have done as much as we can.
“The guys who have come from overseas, it’s clear they have used the time well. I am pleased with what I have seen so far.”
It never is an easy thing to play top cricket when you go into a tournament when there are lot of expectations from you and your reputation is at stake as well.
Lewis also says that it isn’t going be easy.
He said. “It’s going to be tough, no doubt about it, but nobody expected us to do a great deal last year and we achieved an awful lot.
“We’re really happy with the quality that we’ve got but we know as a side that we have to get better.”
Lewis has the added bonus of already being familiar with the club, and he believes this will help.
“Continuity is a real bonus,” added Lewis. “But we need to open-minded enough to look outside what we have done before and challenge ourselves to look at other things.
“We try to bring players through from Durham and we have a decent record with that. One of our strengths is we have a strong group of coaches and we hopefully have a good chance of bringing through other young players.”
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