Northants captain Stephen Peters says that he closing in on knowing the identity of the XI who will take to the field in Cardiff for the season opener in less than two weeks’ time.
The County travel to the principality on April 10 to face Glamorgan in the first match of the County Championship season, which will be Peters’ first official engagement in his new role after being appointed the four-day captain in the winter.
He takes over the reins from Andrew Hall, and after returning from the pre-season trip to Barbados, Peters says that the picture of who will take to the field at the SWALEC Stadium is becoming less fuzzy.
He said: “I’m definitely a little bit closer to knowing who will play.
“We’re probably another week from knowing the exact line-up but on the whole it is taking shape nicely.
“It’s more in the bowling where we could do with two or three guys having a really good bowl outdoors, but if the weather doesn’t improve then it could well be a case of going with a gut feeling which wouldn’t be a problem.”
The weather which Peters alludes to could result in the squad’s outdoor preparation being very limited prior to their first serious outing, and he thinks that an individual approach to the next fortnight could well be the way to go.
He continued: “I’m very conscious that we’ll need to do some work, but I’m mindful of the fact that we don’t want to do it for the sake of doing it.
“We’ll do the normal gym work and conditioning like we always do but, cricket wise, it will be up to the individual to do what he wants to.
“It could well have been three weeks without any cricket so if it is now just one then so be it.
“Hopefully we’ll be able, in the next week or so, to get outside and have a bit longer in the field but if we can’t I still think our preparations will have been good.”