Ben Coad insists he is not too concerned by being overlooked for the England Lions’ winter schedule.
Coad, 25, has been one of county cricket’s standout seamers during the last two summers, taking 98 wickets in the Specsavers County Championship.
It was somewhat of a surprise to see his name omitted from tours to the UAE and India either side of Christmas, the latter which is currently ongoing.
But the Ripon-born star believes his omission has a silver lining.
Coad has enjoyed his winter at home, something he admits to preferring over a spell in Australian grade cricket, something he did as a teenager.
He continued: “I enjoy staying here over the winter. It’s just the fact of being at home and recharging the batteries.
“I enjoyed going overseas when I was younger. I was 19 when I went to Australia, and that helped me a lot. But if I was to do another six months on the back of a summer, it would just ruin me. So to stay here and train with the lads is good for me.
“I think I’ve been through that stage.
“I know what my body needs, which is very important because when the season comes around, you are ready to go.”
So what has been Coad’s winter action plan?
He said: “I spent a lot of the early stages of the winter, before Christmas, on fitness and freshening up. Three months skills work is enough to get me ready for the summer, which I’m obviously into now.
“I’ve worked hard on getting more bulky to ensure my body can maintain its performance throughout the season instead of breaking down like I did last year with that side strain I picked up around the Lancashire away game.
“It’s all been about getting myself prepared for a full season and doing the best to eliminate these little niggles that I seem to pick up.
“It’s very hard to do that, I know, but that’s the aim.
“Technically, it’s always about increasing my pace. I’ve developed skills over the last couple of years, but that was an area I didn’t desperately need to improve. I’ve always had nice skills from a young age. If I can add a yard here and there, great.”