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Kervezee targets return to top form
2:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014 in Sport
WORCESTERSHIRE batsman Alexei Kervezee wants to repay the faith shown in him by the coaches and players during last season’s lean spell by recapturing his best form in 2014.
Kervezee has shown examples of his potential in the past with splendid hundreds against Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
By his own admission, he struggled in the four-day game in 2013, although he still managed worthwhile contributions in limited-overs competitions.
But the 24-year-old has retained the support of director of cricket Steve Rhodes and the squad and wants to make amends this summer after promising efforts during the warm-up programme.
Kervezee, who has retired from international cricket with the Netherlands, said: “I am determined to have a good season.
“I’ve had a good winter and I’ve been really looking forward to the campaign and cracking on with things.
“I know last year was a bit of a tough time. The County Championship was a bit of a struggle, there was no particular reason as to why.
“It’s the way things worked out. I haven’t done anything differently and I’ve scored runs pre-season.
“Hopefully, touch wood, it all goes to plan this year for me.
“You can always tweak things here and there and try to adapt to situations.
“But, at the end of the day, I am a fairly attacking player. I just need to adapt my game to certain situations and bowling attacks.”
Kervezee added: “The club were very supportive of me. I couldn’t have asked for any more from them last year or this year, from people like Steve and Damian D’Oliveira, Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali.
“They’ve all been there for me. They’ve always had an arm around my shoulder saying ‘it’s just around the corner, don’t worry’.
“Hopefully, I can repay the faith they have shown in me. I hope to set things straight and have a good year.
“I just think last year was one of those unfortunate things to be honest.
“I went through a lean patch, it happened at a young age for me, and it’s about dealing with setbacks and coming back stronger.”