Tom Kohler-Cadmore is going down the Jonny Tattersall route in a bid to make himself a more saleable asset for the increasing number of worldwide domestic white ball competitions taking place.
Yorkshire’s opening batsman, also a superb outfielder – particularly at first slip, is currently learning his trade as a wicketkeeper as he looks to cement his place on the franchise scene after impressive winter displays in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and the Pakistan Super League.
The 26-year-old performed superbly at the top of the order in both competitions.
But he is refusing to rest on his laurels as he expands and pushes his game to the next level.
“I hate bowling, I’m rubbish at it,” explained the former Worcestershire man. “And I have zero satisfaction if I ever get a wicket in training!
“But, in these franchise competitions around the world, normally if you have a second string to your bow then it makes you more selectable.
“It might be that they need a part-time second keeper in the squad who is a batsman. That’s the category I’m trying to fall into.
“It gives myself more options to be picked in a team.
“I know people have spoken in the past about it maybe getting you on a tour. But I know at the moment England have so many keeper-batsman options.
“I’m not thinking about sneaking onto a tour with it because in the Tests, there’s Ben Foakes, Jos Buttler, Jonny (Bairstow) and James Bracey has been with them all winter. In the white ball stuff, there’s Jos, Jonny and Sam Billings around.
“But, in the franchise stuff, it won’t harm my chances. If you’re in a squad, you may even get into the team because you offer a lot more with the bat than the other keeper they could pick. That’s my thought process.”
Kohler-Cadmore has been working with Paul Shaw, Yorkshire’s go to wicketkeeping consultant, who helped to turn Tattersall from a non-keeper into the county’s senior gloveman in 2018.
“I’ve done a couple of sessions with Paul, and I’ve also done a lot of work with Birky (Ben Birkhead) this winter. He’s been unbelievable,” he continued.