As Peter Trego planned to swap the plummeting temperatures of an English winter for the heat of a New Zealand summer, the all-rounder admitted taking a break does not come naturally.
The 31-year-old flies out to represent Central Districts as their overseas player next month just as Somerset’s winter training programme hits full swing.
Trego, named county cricket’s Most Valuable Player for 2012, has barely had time to take breath in the last four years. He has appeared for Casey-South Melbourne in Australia, Zimbabwe outfit Mashonaland Eagles and Bangladesh Premier League side Sylhet Royals on the back of full seasons with Somerset.
However, the hard-hitting batsman and right arm seamer said he was relishing the challenge ahead. “For the past four years I have been playing non-stop cricket and this has been my first break for a long time now,” he said.
“This will only be up until December as I will then be flying out to New Zealand. I personally love playing cricket and continuing to play cricket.
“The rest is probably physically the hardest part because a few too many late nights and a few too many cooked breakfasts make the body creak a little bit more than a day’s cricket so I am looking forward to getting back into it.
“This will be my first time in New Zealand. I have been close and played in Australia and in many other parts of the world, which is a great experience but New Zealand is somewhere that I have pinpointed as a place I would love to visit and play in.
“Central Districts have given me the opportunity to go out there for two months for a couple of First Class games and their Twenty20 series. I am delighted to have the chance and cannot wait.”
Trego could be expected to fill the void left by Adam Milne who is anticipated to be on Black Caps international duty and came recommended to his latest side by former Somerset and Central Districts man Ian Blackwell.
Weston-super-Mare-born Trego followed captain Marcus Trescothick in scooping the MVP accolade but said time would only tell how it benefits his career.
He said: “The proof will be in the next three or four months. I don’t think it has really made an impact at the moment.
“I suppose it is something to go on your CV that your agent can use when they band you about and that is obviously great because it is like saying you have bigger alloy wheels on your car, it’s a selling point.
“I haven’t felt any massive impact and I would like to think I was a pretty level, grounded person.
“It’s not something I have been pushing around in people’s faces and hopefully it is more to do with what I have done over a long period of time as to why I get these opportunities during the winter. Hopefully that trend can continue and I can experience more cricket around the world.”
After another trophy-less season for Somerset, Trego said the squad remained motivated to reward their following with the success they so desire.
“Every season you re-assess the situation and we are the type of club that is never really satisfied with what we have done,” he said.
“It has been well-documented that we have had a number of second places, which is great and the other clubs in the country would love to be in that position. But for us it is not enough and that County Championship is always looming above us.
“We feel that we have the tools to win that and looking back over the last year it was a challenge but it is all about moving forward and getting better. If you stop doing that it is time to pack up and find another job so we are all motivated to go on again.”
Trego also backed County Ground colleague Nick Compton to shine in an England shirt. He said: “I am pretty confident that he will be getting that number two position and if he can get a bit of luck early on he will get a big score to cement himself for a good future in Test cricket. He really does deserve it.”