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County Championship: Leicestershire camp in confident mood

Last Updated: 02/04/14 7:06pm

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Leicestershire coach Phil Whitticase and new signing Dan Redfern are hoping that the county can improve on their four-day form as the new season approaches.

The midlands county ended the 2013 season rock bottom of Division Two having failed to win a single game and failed to make it out of their group in either of the limited overs competitions.

However, former Derbyshire batsman Redfern is confident that the side can pick themselves up to mount more of a challenge this time around.

"The lads themselves know they didn't do as well as they wanted to in the four day stuff and from what I've seen while I've been here they're working incredibly hard to put that right," he said.

"There's a lot of belief in the changing room that we can do that, I'm sure that starting (with the) first game against Derbyshire we'll be ready.

"Leicestershire are renowned for being a great one-day side. It was only a couple of years ago that these boys were at the Twenty20 finals day and they're the most successful side in Twenty20 history in England.

"We want to carry that on but there's also an emphasis on the four day stuff, we want to improve that and get off to a good start this and then we could go quite far."

"The lads themselves know they didn't do as well as they wanted to in the four day stuff and from what I've seen while I've been here they're working incredibly hard to put that right."
Phil Whitticase

Coach Whitticase agreed that the county's performances last season were not up to scratch and hopes the success of local sides in other sports can inspire his players to greater things.

"It wasn't great in LVC, we accept that. The Tigers, the rugby side have been fantastic for a few years and it looks nailed on now that the football club are going to be a Premier League club and we're very pleased for them from the point of view of the city so we need to play our part.

"And our part needs to be to first of all get some wins under our belt and push to get Division One cricket."

Whitticase was also full of praise for Redfern after his new recruit made a century on his debut for the side on Tuesday in a warm-up game against Northamptonshire.

Great work-out

"We had a great work-out yesterday at Grace Road," he added. "The batters performed really well and the way we set it up with Northants is that we would do the majority of the bowling here. We brought what we see as our main group of bowlers here today and they've performed really well.

"I think we've made a very sound signing, an astute signing, in Dan Redfern. He's been on the Derby books as an Academy player and came through their system, things didn't quite work out for him there and we've signed him this winter.

"I believe he is a lad for the future and could be a potential international cricketer. He got a hundred on debut yesterday which is fantastic.

"Nathan Buck has come back with a bit of form - he had a few injuries last year - and Josh Cobb, certainly in one-day cricket, has shown what a dangerous player he can be. I think Josh's biggest challenge, we all know, is to earn the right to play LVC cricket."

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