Players put through their paces in Pre-Season Fitness Test


On Wednesday morning, the players were put through a rigorous multistage fitness test at Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre as preparations for the 2022 season ramp up.

The session, led by Head of Athlete Development Chris Clarke-Irons and Strength and Conditioning Coach Harry McQueen, put the players’ cardiovascular fitness and stamina to the test ahead of their pre-season tour in Abu Dhabi.

Chris Clarke-Irons said: “Sessions like this are really important to gauge where the players are ahead of the season.

“We do a huge amount of work keeping fitness levels high throughout winter, but now the focus is on getting them match-ready.

“We leave for Abu Dhabi on Friday, where the batters will be practising on grass wickets and the bowlers will get some crucial overs into their legs. By the time we’re back, the players will be ready for cricket on home soil.

“There are a few tired legs today, but the fitness of this squad is second to none and gruelling sessions like this ensure that we maintain those high standards.”