Leg Spinner, Alex Russell made his Gloucestershire 1st XI debut during the 2019 season and impressed by taking two wickets.
The 17-year-old trains with the 1st team at The Brightside Ground, Bristol and is the second youngest player to play for Herefordshire Minor Counties First XI.
Russell heads off to India in February with the Gloucestershire academy and has been training since September. He said “It’s been going really well.
“We’ve been training pretty much since September so yeah, it’s been going really well.
“I feel ready to go out there and play some cricket outdoors.”
He plays regularly in the Second XI but has been pushing to play for the First XI. Training with the first team squad at Bristol for a few seasons has helped him massively, he said “I’ve been training with the first team for a couple of seasons now and I’ve played for the first team, pre-season last year.
“It’s really good to be training with them.
“Just sort of learning from them, learning about how they go about it every day.
“It’s definitely helped me a lot to be fair.
”It’s also good just bowling in a net with the other spinners as well, it definitely helps you learn and develop.
“I’m so thankful for the coaching staff and senior players who have helped with my development and the opportunities I’ve been given at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club”
England U19s are currently in Kimberley, South Africa taking part in the U19 Cricket World Cup. They have played one game so far against the West Indies but lost by 71 runs due to DLS. Gloucestershire’s Ben Charlesworth was in the side and opened the batting scoring 36 off 54 balls. Russell trained with the alongside Charlesworth and the U19s before Christmas.
Russell plays for Frocester Cricket Club who have recently signed Ben Charlesworth for the 2020 season. This means that both boys from the shire will play alongside each other. The 17-year-old said “I’ve played alongside Ben for a few years now.
“I’ve played with him in the U17s and he’s a really good lad.
“I’ve trained with him a few times and yeah, I know him quite well so it will be good to play some club cricket with him as well.”
Gloucestershire got into the first division last season where four teams tried to qualify for promotion. Russell explained his plans for the season: “I’m hoping to try and push to get in the first team this year.
“I think as a county club, we can challenge ourselves and do well in white-ball cricket.
“It’s going to be an interesting first season in Division 1 as well.
“So, it’s going to be an interesting year, but I’m hoping to do well in the second team and push for selection in the first team.
Just like last year, Gloucestershire return to La Manga Club in Spain on March 18 for warm outside training alongside Glamorgan as they prepare for the start of the 2020 season in Division 1.