Sep 19 2011 By Jon Batham
MIDDLESEX will not repeat their successful November experiment in preparation for life in Division One.
Many of the players have gone on record as saying last winter’s six-week ‘Boot Camp’ created a team spirit and mental toughness which saw the team dig themselves out of many a tight spot en route to the
Second Division Championship.
It was a formula previously employed by Worcester when they won promotion in 2010 and they repeated it last winter as part of a plan to stay up this time – and succeeded.
But Dexter claimed this week the experiment had served its purpose and you can have too much of a good thing.
He said: “What we did in the winter was important because we have a young side and the guys did not know each other that well. But we have had chats about it and if you do too much of the same things can get a bit stale.
“The guys who are around will get together, but a few others will be going abroad. It is a long season and too much time together in each other’s company can cause a bit of trouble too, so we have got to try and balance it.”
Dexter is already relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against the likes of Champions Lancashire, Durham, Nottinghamshire next year when for him just staying up is not an option.
He added: “I’m looking forward to being captain in Division One next year. I think everything is a challenge and the more challenges you can have in your life the better.
“Division One is not going to be an easy task as the wickets will probably be a bit flatter and teams will be a bit stronger. Next year is going to be the real challenge and we have to make sure we don’t just stay up but we compete well.”