Hughes reveals new season targets

09 April 2018 05:43:55 EST

Derbyshire all-rounder Alex Hughes wants to contribute in both facets of the game this coming summer after a bat-dominated 2017.

The 26-year-old struck 800 runs in Division Two of the County Championship last summer while bowling 33 wicketless overs.

"Last year I didn't really get as much of a chance for whatever reason but I like to be seen as a bowler and someone who can do a job with the ball so it was time to start working hard on it again," he said, of his quest to balance his contribution to the team.

"This winter I've been working on what kind of bowler I'm going to be. Over the years my role may have changed a bit so it's about getting a clear role for myself and what I want to do with the ball, bowling more overs and trying to get as consistent as possible.

"I always look at people like Darren Stevens who towards the end of his career is bowling more and maybe learning his craft a bit more and I want to go down that route. If I can learn my game more and more over the next few years it will help me contribute with the ball."

But - after finishing as the club's leading scorer in first-class cricket in 2017, pipping captain Billy Godleman by a single run - he wants to contribute to success in any way he can.

Last year I didn't really get as much of a chance for whatever reason but I like to be seen as a bowler and someone who can do a job with the ball so it was time to start working hard on it again.

Alex Hughes

"I never really have many personal goals, it's about contributing to the team and being worth my place. If I have a brilliant season then great, if I don't that's cricket because it's a very fickle sport at times so I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself," he said.

"You never know what's going to happen but team accolades are much more important than personal ones."

Derbyshire are 50/1 to win the County Championship Division Two title, while Middlesex are priced at 20/1.

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