ONLY ONE MONTH TO OPENING HOME GAME AS RHODES URGES PLAYERS TO BUILD ON LAST SEASON'S POTENTIAL
It is only one month today until Worcestershire open their home LV= County Championship programme against Kent and Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes believes his players should take confidence from some of their performances during 2013 heading into the new season.
There is a growing sense of excitement amongst members and sponsors alike now that the floods have subsided – and after witnessing Moeen Ali's England breakthrough – with the focus on the start of the 2014 campaign.
Rhodes, currently with the squad on their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, is looking for more consistency than was evident at times during last summer.
But equally he hopes his crop of promising talent remember and build on the good times when they realised their potential in overcoming quality opposition.
Rhodes said: "The 2013 season was certainly an up and down season. Part of that was because we couldn't get a lot of consistency.
"But we must take confidence from some of the victories, particularly some of the one-day victories at Hove, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.
"Again in the Twenty20 it was up and down. If we could only string together the type of performances we put up against Somerset, a really good Twenty20 side. Beating them home and away in one year was a real achievement.
"We showed a lot of glimpses. We also beat the eventual winners in Northants. We can do it, the players know they can do it, the dressing room know they can do it.
"We just need to do it a little bit more consistently. That is how we are going to improve as a side."