New signing Liam Plunkett will head to Adelaide next week to embark on a two-month training camp at the highly acclaimed Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy.
Middlesbrough-born Plunkett, who joined Yorkshire in the close season from Durham, has only played three LV= County Championship matches in the last two seasons due to injury. After missing the second half of 2012 with an Achilles injury, the management team at Headingley felt the 27-year-old will benefit from warm weather training as he aims to start the 2013 season in peak condition.
“Liam (Plunkett) will head out on Monday to Adelaide and join up with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy,” said director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
“The thinking behind it is to give Liam every opportunity to play and train in excellent conditions. He missed a lot of last season through injury, so he is keen to make up for lost time and get some good outdoor preparation in readiness for our pre-season trip to Barbados in March.
“Our conditioner has implemented a fitness programme for Liam, which he will execute whilst he is out in Adelaide. In addition to the training, there will be many opportunities to play during the week for the academy, which organises matches against other competitive teams in South Australia. At weekends, he will play grade cricket for the University, which will help his development as the new season approaches.
“We have a good partnership with the Darren Lehmann Academy, through Darren and Dizzy (Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire coach). On a weekly basis we will get a full report on how he is progressing and we will also be in touch with Liam regularly to see what is working for him.”
This is not the first time that Yorkshire players have had the opportunity of training and playing in Adelaide. In the past the likes of Joe Root, now playing for England, and former players’ Ajmal Shahzad and David Wainwright have benefited from the excellent facilities in South Australia.
“It is a great facility out there and they know how to look after the players,” added Moxon.
“The coaches are very experienced and they know what our objectives are. We have seen Joe Root, Ajmal Shahzad and David Wainwright all have successful stints in Adelaide in the past and I have no doubt that Liam will return to the club ready and prepared for an important year ahead.”
Plunkett will return to the club on March 5 and during his time in Adelaide we will keep you updated on his progress.