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Lancs gear up for 2012

Lancashire's squad are back in training as they prepare to defend their LV= County Championship title in 2012.

The Red Rose county's squad were back in the nets at Old Trafford's Indoor School on the second day of their pre-season training schedule as they were put through their paces by Peter Moores and the rest of his coaching staff.

James Anderson, Simon Kerrigan and Karl Brown were all amongst the group, with the trio preparing for trips to South Africa, India and Sri Lanka either before or just after Christmas.

Anderson, who is gearing up for England's winter tour to play Pakistan in the Middle East in January and February, travels to South Africa as part of the England Performance Programme training camp for fast bowlers.

Left-arm spinner Kerrigan also goes to India with the elite group of EPP players, while batsman Brown goes to Sri Lanka with the up and coming group of EPP players early in the New Year.

A trip to meet the Duke at Buckingham Palace, appearances at the region's football grounds with the Championship trophy and civic receptions during the last couple of months now make way for weights, treadmills, rowing machines and bowling machines as preparation for the trip to Abu Dhabi in late March kicks in.

"It's been a really good time for everybody to enjoy the success of the season," said coach Moores. "It was a good season, but it's the time now to put it on the back-burner and start to concentrate on what will be another tough campaign starting in April next year.

"The lads have been doing physical work, ticking over for the last month or so. They've upped it over the last two weeks, and now we'll start with the skill work.

"It will be the same as normal. We'll do the basics and start to build up for the three different formats of the game. There's quite a lot to cover to get ourselves ready for when April comes around.

"It's been two months since the end of the season, and it's gone pretty quick. It's only three or four months until we're off and running again."

Brown, the club's young player of the year for 2011, added: "It's good to be back. We've all had a good rest, so I think everybody's ready to go again.

"It's sinking in slowly (winning the Championship), but we've not got much time to dwell on it because we're back into it now. We're looking forward to next season and winning it again.

"It's a good thing to look back on, and it can give us confidence for next year. I think we've got to move onto next season, go about it the same way and hopefully get the same result."

Graham Hardcastle
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