Hampshire head to Barbados again

December 7, 2011
Mascarenhas

by Richard Avis

Hampshire have announced that they will be travelling to the Caribbean for a third season in a row as part of their plans for pre-season.

There was some criticism down on the South coast to this decision after Hampshire had made poor starts in their past two seasons, which was highlighted last year as they lost five of their first eight County Championship matches.

The county which bases itself at the Rose Bowl went on to get relegated from division one last year, but their head coach Giles White is confident that they can bounce straight back.

It was White’s decision to take his team to Barbados again, and he had this to say about it “If you stay in England then you can get through to the start of the season having hardly had any outdoor practice which we know we can get in the Caribbean. You’re almost guaranteed sunshine out there.”

Australian Simon Katich has been instated as Hampshire’s overseas player for 2012 which bolsters what was at times a fragile looking batting line up in 2011. Michael Carberry is also expected to feature for the duration of this campaign after missing a large part of last year with an illness.

Chris Murtagh 07/12/2011

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