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Surrey Spin With Keith Medlycott
The treatment by so-called cricket experts in the media towards Ian Ward is a load of nonsense.
Ian has shown over the last four years what character he possesses.
All the press have done is capitalise on the situation with regard to Ian's technique. It's disappointing because the last thing he needs is to hear so-called experts being negative about his game.
Ian has shown with his success in the A-team that he's capable of producing at that higher level.
It's unfair to judge him on three innings and undermine that potential.
In the Ashes series Ian received some decent deliveries which got him out instead of him getting himself out. But it will be good to have Ian back playing with Surrey this week.
I will sit down and have a chat with Ian about what the situation is.
He has the character to fight back and force himself to another level because you don't automatically become a bad player overnight.
To lose our last Championship game to Glamorgan was extremely disappointing, especially with most of our internationals playing. Our performance from the time we had them 80 for six in their first innings was very, very average. With a lead of 60 we could and should have done a lot better.
This defeat realistically means the end of our championship hopes. If we can't win then we have to make sure we finish second. It's very, very disappointing to have lost a game we should have won.
Our National League performance was totally different last Sunday. We fought tooth and nail and 95 per cent of everything we did went well.
Adam and Ben's partnership won us the game. Adam had been out with a abdominal muscle injury.
He can't bowl at the moment, but he's getting better which is encouraging for everyone. Four wins from five games is our target. It will be hard. We have to make certain we are competitive.
August 22, 2001 16:26