Kent coach Adams not getting carried away with flying start
KENT coach Jimmy Adams is refusing to get carried away at the thought of promotion despite watching his side get their County Championship season underway in style.
They blasted past Northants in three days and there are high hopes among Kent supporters that this could well be their season.
Ice-cool Adams, however, is remaining calm.
He said: "Everybody wants to go up – the entire club are after that and the players are no different.
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"It's my role to break the process down and focus on little stages.
"It's a clichéd statement but I have to break it down game-by-game and see where we are at the end of the season.
"The lads are quite happy and they have started very well. We had a good four days in Headingley which we followed with a good win over Northants.
"The signings over the winter have come in and hit it off immediately which is very pleasing. The Powells and Shrecks of this world are established players in first class cricket in England so you know what you're going to get from them.
"Everyone has contributed to our success so far which is particularly pleasing too.
"We have a good level of competition in the squad and things are looking up. When the Northeasts, Bell-Drummonds, Shaws and Blakes get their opportunity – which I'm sure they will - they will all come into a successful team.
"It's always nice to have options."
Northeast has been touted as an England prospect but such has been Kent's start, he's unlikely to play against Gloucestershire in the County Championship match at St Lawrence today (Thursday), even after making 166 for the second XI on Monday.
Matt Coles, whose name has also been mentioned in England circles, will be hoping for better fortunes.
With 54 Test caps on the mantelpiece, Adams knows what it takes to become an international cricketer – and he reckons Coles might have what it takes.
Adams said: "Matt has done very well. He has a lot of talent and a lot of potential and everybody is hoping that upward curve continues.
"He's been a central part of the results we've had. He scored very important runs at Headingley and was very good with the ball against Northants. It outlines how much talent he has. The thing that matters at this stage is if he can think well enough to play at that level.
"You need to be able to handle the pressure and he can do that – he's enjoying the ability he has right now."
Adams saw his team shell a handful of catches in the first innings at Northants but luckily it didn't matter.
He's looking for improvement in that regard when Gloucester arrive at Canterbury.
Adams added: "I was disappointed with the catching but in the second innings we were much better.
"Maybe it was the coldness – maybe it's time to campaign for a mid-May start to the season!"