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Moore looking for more success

Moore looking for more success

It has been an eventful 12 months for opening batsman Stephen Moore

Flashback: Stephen Moore guides the ball through mid wicket for four during his final day half-century against Somerset at Taunton

On the field, he has gone from worrying about his future in the game following a career threatening injury to becoming a county champion. Off the field, he has become a father for the first time.

Ironically, he came back from a badly dislocated shoulder to return the second best domestic summer of his nine-season professional career, amassing 1,835 runs in all competitions.

But now, he is determined to kick on to help his adopted county build on their recent success.

“I definitely feel that I've become a more rounded player since I've come to Lancashire,” said Moore, 31, who swapped Worcestershire’s New Road for Old Trafford ready for the start of the 2010 campaign.

“My one-day game has gone to a new level. That is especially pleasing for myself.

“To come back from injury and back it up with the season I had was great. But I want to keep improving. Hopefully my stats will improve along with the success of the club.”

As aforementioned, this time last year Moore was still battling back to full fitness from his shoulder injury, with a particular worry about the strength of his throw.

But now he is in the full pre-season swing as the 2012 campaign moves closer and closer.
 
It is now just 53 days until the Lancashire squad depart for their tour of the United Arab Emirates, which includes the four-day champion county match against the MCC at Abu Dhabi on March 27.

“It's been really good,” said the opener of the pre-season training programme. “The level the guys worked up before Christmas was absolutely amazing. I've never seen a group of guys work as hard as that in my time playing county cricket.

“After the success we had, it would be quite easy to cruise a bit and for guys to rest on their laurels, but it's been brilliant to be involved and see how focused guys are so far away from the start of the season.
 
“After Christmas, coming here and seeing the ground take shape, you start looking towards the future and thinking how great it could be.
 
“It feels like the season is a long way away. I always find January and February tough months. There's a hangover from Christmas and the season, for me, feels like it's at its furthest point away.

“You can't quite visualise playing in the first Championship game. They are tough months, but it's exciting when you see some of the skill levels some of the younger guys have been working on.
 
“Personally, having the winter I had last winter, which was such a hard toil physically, to be working on bits of my game has been really refreshing and fun because I couldn't pick a bat up properly 12 months ago.”

Moore, meanwhile, has explained the reasons behind his decision to pull out of the forthcoming auction for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.

“I had my name on the IPL auction list this year, but took it off,” he added.
 
“There's a lot of pride and passion from all involved at this club in the history and the traditions. They want to see it reach the levels where it deserves to be, which is as one of the premium clubs in the country.

“It's great when you feel that energy within the squad, and you just want to be a part of that.
 
“In life, money is sometimes less important than being happy and enjoying where you are and what you're doing.

“As a professional, it's a competition I'd love to play in at some point. Whether I'm good enough or desired enough by people in India to play in that competition, only time will tell.
 
“It’s apparently a fantastic competition to be involved in from a spectacle point of view. If you're a cricketer, you like to be on the big stage, whether it be international or one of these Twenty20 competitions popping up.”

Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd


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