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Kohler-Cadmore raring to go for England Lions

— 17 January 2020

Tom Kohler-Cadmore is ready and raring to go ahead of his involvement in the England Lions tour to Australia, starting next week.

Kohler-Cadmore is in the squad for five one-day matches against a Cricket Australia XI and a New South Wales XI between February 2-11.

He will then return home before the four-day squad plays three further matches to conclude the tour.

The one-day squad heads Down Under on Tuesday.

Kohler-Cadmore is the only Yorkshire name in either squad, although Ashes winner Tim Bresnan has been acting as a consultant in their preparations at Loughborough given his experience of success in Australian conditions.

“Having had a break, the excitement is there to get going again.”

  • “I can’t wait to get stuck in,” said White Rose batsman Kohler-Cadmore, 25.

    “Getting out of the East Stand (Indoor nets at Emerald Headingley) in January is always a good motivator because you want to be playing outdoors.

    “Going out there is a great opportunity to show what I can do.

    “Any A side of an international team is going to be strong, and it will be a great test. Doing well out there, especially Australia, can hopefully lead to other things.

    “The main thing is just making sure you’re working hard and doing the right things so that when that opportunity comes you can take it.”

    Kohler-Cadmore had a brief spell of T10 cricket in Abu Dhabi before Christmas, but otherwise his preparations for 2020 have been indoors.

    “I feel really good at the moment,” he said, hoping this tour can also benefit Yorkshire. “The winter here has been great. The coaches have helped out a lot. For me, it’s now about getting out there, playing and scoring some runs. I feel in a good place with my cricket.

    “To be able to play some games at this time of year can only help me, whereas a lot of the other lads will be indoors until mid-March.

    “If I have a good tour, it can give me the confidence to start the season well and then kick on.”

    Kohler-Cadmore was the county’s leading run-scorer across all competitions last summer, posting 1,729 runs with three centuries, the last of them coming in the final Specsavers County Championship game of the year against Warwickshire at Edgbaston – a heavily rain-affected draw.

    Still, he wasn’t entirely happy and has targeted an improvement over the next nine months.

    He added: “I was feeling good towards the end of the season. To be honest, I felt good all through, but I just didn’t get the consistency of runs I would have liked.