Sam Northeast: Kent batsman confident in ability

Sam Northeast

Kent youngster Sam Northeast believes he is a stronger player following his achievements with the bat in 2012.

The 23-year-old hit 880 runs in the County Championship last season at an average of 55.00.

He told BBC Radio Kent: "The difference going into this year is knowing that I can score runs consistently.

"I have still got to work hard and put performances in but there is a different feel. I am more excited and think my feet are a bit more grounded."

He added: "This season I'd like to just be happy with where my game is at and just try to push that to be as good as I can be.

"I feel I have got a base but I have to keep working.

"Keysy [Rob Key] and I had a good partnership at the back end of last year and I'd like to think that partnership can keep going forward.

"Like anything, if you don't score the runs your place is in jeopardy."

Over the English winter Northeast spent time playing club cricket in Brisbane in Australia and then represented the MCC in Dubai last month.

"I've had a bit of warm weather but coming back on different wickets will be a bit of a challenge," he said.

"I've tried to take things through from the back end of last year and try and be a bit more clinical in certain areas.

"There is no technical change but I have tried to test myself."

Northeast believes the experience he picked up when playing in the Middle East for the MCC against Warwickshire will stand him in good stead.

"Spending some time in the middle was good and it was a nice flat deck," he said.

"Hopefully if we get a few flat wickets I can try and get a few runs this year.

"I don't really know how you get invited [to play for the MCC] but the guys who I spent time with had played a lot of games.

"There were a few different aspects and views on the cricketing world and it is always nice to see how guys like that go about things.

"It was good to come up against probably the best team in the competition [the County Championship].

"How you go against them is normally a good marker and I am looking forward to this year."

Kent begin their Division Two campaign away to Leicestershire on Wednesday.

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