Andy Hurry is confident Somerset’s young pace bowlers can come to the fore in 2013 – which is why he is relaxed about the county not bolstering that department over the winter.
Somerset saw James Harris leave Glamorgan for Middlesex and Jack Brooks swap Northamptonshire for Yorkshire at the end of the season – but coach Hurry believes the seam attack is not an area his county are in a rush to improve.
In addition to tried and trusted performers Steve Kirby, Alfonso Thomas and Pete Trego, Somerset also have Gemaal Hussain on their staff, and hope Adam Dibble, Craig Overton and Jamie Overton can play a significant role in 2013. The young trio played just 11 LV= County Championship matches between them this summer, due to Dibble’s injury and the Overton twins’ involvement in the Under-19 World Cup.
Asked whether there was any frustration about missing out on Harris and Brooks, Hurry said: “None at all. A number of bowlers came on the market – including Jack Brooks and James Harris, who are two quality, aspiring, young players with the potential to play international cricket.
“Those are the sort of calibre of players we are looking for, but, having looked at our bowling stock, we didn’t see that as a core priority for us. We have established another area we need to strengthen.”
Dibble, 21, took 3-42 in the 13 overs he managed in the Championship last season, while the 18-year-old Overtons were given their first tastes of first-class cricket.
And Hurry can envisage the trio making a significant contribution next summer.
“Adam Dibble made a great impact at the start of the season and was then frustrated by an injury that caused him to miss three-quarters of the season,” said Hurry.
“But he’s someone whose rehabilitation is going to be key for us this winter. He is also someone we will send out to South Africa to build his confidence and belief, develop his skills and get him back out in the middle, so he gets that opportunity to make an impact at the start of next year. He’s not the only one – we’ve got the Overtons coming through – so from a bowling resources point of view, we feel very enriched with what we’ve got.”
And Hurry believes the Overton twins could earn further international honours in the not-too-distant future.
“They’ll be away during the winter on the EPP programme, and there will be some commitment to the Under-19s,” he said.
“But once the season starts, we’ve been assured that they will be available for the season. Having had that information, it helps us make decisions regarding the signings we are looking to make.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they are playing Lions cricket by the end of next year, or in two years playing full international cricket.
“They have definitely been identified by the ECB as potential, future, world-class performers. So it’s important we keep nurturing them and developing their potential, and giving them opportunities to play for the first team.”