Surrey: Chris Adams calls for improvement

Chris Adams

Surrey team director Chris Adams has called for a drastic improvement from his side.

The county are second bottom of the Division One table following their five-wicket defeat at Durham on Monday.

He told BBC London 94.9: "We need an elimination of soft dismissals in both innings. We are yet to use the new ball to any real effect. That is criminal.

"This needs to be dealt with. The coaching staff will invest time in the players and improving those skills."

Surrey have not won a County Championship game in 2013, having drawn three and lost one of their opening four games.

Adams, who on the eve of the season said he had assembled the "strongest squad" since his appointment in 2009, points at their first-innings batting collapse on day one against Durham as a major reason for their defeat at The Oval.

"We were architects of our own downfall," Adams added.

"The one session where we went from 221-4 to 237 all out pretty much tells the difference between the two sides.

"We will look back on the game as one we had control of but let control go in a very short space of time. It was one we let slip."

Meanwhile, Adams believes the loss of captain and opening batsman Graeme Smith to ankle surgery has had an impact on his side.

"We lost Graeme and I'd be lying if I said I didn't think that have an effect on the group," he said.

"That said they are professionals, but they didn't nail their individual skills well enough, whether it was bat or ball.

"As a group we haven't been anywhere near our best."

Surrey face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in their next County Championship match, which starts on Wednesday.

"We have to regroup and get ourselves in a positive frame of mind for the next game," Adams said.

"The nature of county cricket is that it comes around very quickly.

"Come Wednesday morning we will pick 11 players and ask them to go and represent the county with pride, honour and a great deal of commitment.

"This is a game we need to go and get a positive result out of."

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