It was a great effort from John Hastings to make his Durham four-day debut this week the day after he arrived on a plane from India, although I’m not that surprised.
From what I hear from our coach, Jon Lewis, he’s been champing at the bit for the last few weeks so I think he was quite excited to finally get here and he wanted to play for Durham as soon as he could.
He’s been tweeting and retweeting the club and all the lads from the Indian Premier League, and keeping a close eye on the results. He is very proud to be playing for Durham, which is an absolute bonus from an overseas player.
He loves playing for the club and he’s only played one game so come September, I think he’ll be a local!
He started well with a quickfire 38 not out in the first innings om Monday, and then to take a few wickets and bowl as well as he did, it’s great credit to the bloke.
He’s fitted in like he’s been part of the team for weeks.
He’s big and strong and he’ll be very aggressive once he gets used to the conditions. He’s played around the world in some big tournaments so it was nice for him to take the new ball with me.
I spoke to him a little bit yesterday and he’s dead keen to get going in the Twenty20 stuff, starting with this weekend’s games against Warwickshire and Worcestershire. He’s looking forward to showing off a few things he’s picked up in India.
I’ll just keep trying to chat to him as much as I can and pick his brains as much as possible.
Our Twenty20 win on Friday night against Nottingham was a great boost, especially after our close defeat to Lancashire the previous day. We’ve just got to make sure we can push on now and get two wins this week.
Warwickshire will be a tough ask because they’re always pushing for trophies, and Worcester have some exciting players so we have to make sure we are on the ball.
Hopefully Hastings will add that little bit of extra experience. He’s an experienced “death bowler” so hopefully he’ll add that extra dimension and close things off at the end.
When Twenty20’s going well it can be the best game in the world, but for a bowler you don’t have too many good days.
It’s nice to be playing when you’re winning and it’s a format we want to do well in.
With yesterday’s final day against Middlesex washed out by rain we had plenty of time to chat in the Durham dressing room, and we all had our say on Jos Buttler’s “Mankad” run-out.
The England wicketkeeper was run out by Sachithra Senanayake as he backed up too far.
I agreed with Paul Collingwood, it should be taken out of the players’ hands and left to the umpires.
I don’t think I’ve been involved in anything like that since I was playing Under-15s cricket at Ashbrooke. It’s not gone down too well with the spirit of cricket.
That’s something you take as a given, and you expect everyone to be the same. It was a bit of a shock more than anything else.
Everyone on the county circuit will probably say it was within the rules but against the spirit of the game. It’s done and it will just add a bit of spice to the Test series.
It will be interesting because it’s the first series of Peter Moores’ second coming as coach. It will be good to see what kind of team he starts with. We’re all hoping Ben Stokes gets picked, but it’s an exciting time for England and it will be a good, tough series for them.