Jos Buttler is hoping 2012 is the year he finally lands a trophy after several near misses with Somerset over the last two seasons.
The Wedmore wicketkeeper-batsman was part of the Cidermen line-up that finished as runners-up in both t20 and CB40 finals during the last two seasons. They also finished second in the County Championship during the 2010 campaign.
Slow starts have hampered Somerset’s bid for Championship honours in recent years, so Buttler is keen to hit the ground running ahead of the season opener at home to Middlesex, which starts next Thursday.
“Obviously this season we want to win something because we have been the nearly men for a couple of years now,” said the 21-year-old.
“The main aim of every club is to win trophies, so we need to work hard, put in some performances, be consistent and hopefully that will happen for Somerset in 2012.
“We lost our first two games in the Championship in the last two years, which we are determined to do something about this season.
“It would be a fairytale to be part of the Somerset side to win the County Championship title for the first time ever. We came so close up at Durham a couple of seasons ago when it so nearly happened and we have been there or thereabouts for a while now.
“It would be brilliant to push on and finally do it and I am sure that it is what everyone here at the club wants, especially me, so we are all working hard towards that happening.”
After a winter playing one-day cricket with England and the England Lions, Buttler is glad to be back at the County Ground. However, after being labelled as something of a one-day specialist, he is keen to impress over the longer format this summer.
“It was a fantastic experience to be part of the England squad and play in that environment, because it is the place where every cricketer wants to be, so of course I’m hungry and want more,” said Buttler.
“But I’m back at the County Ground, where I have played a lot of cricket, and it’s a very familiar environment. It’s feet back on the ground and trying to put in some performances for Somerset.
“I want to win games of cricket for Somerset in all formats. I think I have done that in one-day cricket over the last few years but this season I really want to improve my Championship performances.
“I think I have got the technique to do it and if I apply myself I can score a lot of runs in the four-day game and help us to win games in the Championship as well.”