Hughes wants all-rounder tag

05 January 2018 13:06:45 EST

Alex Hughes hopes to be reconsidered an all-rounder in 2018 following an imbalance in his Derbyshire performances last summer.

While Hughes enjoyed a career-best season with the bat, including 800 first-class runs at an average of 40, he was only a bit-part presence with his medium pace bowling.

"I always enjoy bowling and last year I didn't get much of an opportunity to bowl, but whenever the captain turns to me I'll be ready and hopefully I can do a job for the team," he said.

"You can never get too far ahead of yourself so over the winter I am trying to improve little things about my game and hopefully the season is similar or better."

Hughes went wicketless in 13 County Championship appearances and took just two and three wickets in the Royal London Cup and NatWest Blast tournaments respectively.

You can never get too far ahead of yourself so over the winter I am trying to improve little things about my game and hopefully the season is similar or better.

Alex Hughes

But he was a member of an improving team: after going winless in the 2016 Championship, the midlands county claimed three Division Two victories and reached the final eight in Twenty20 cricket.

"We want to add to the three matches that we won away and if we can get two or three at home, we might be in with a chance in four-day cricket," said the club's cricket adviser Kim Barnett.

"The bowling was an issue in defending totals in one-day cricket and bowling sides out in four-day cricket. The overseas we're looking at, plus Ravi Rampaul, Hardus Viljoen, Will Davis and even a loan signing means you're looking at a strong bowling unit.

"We want to be in quarter-finals and give ourselves a chance. We enjoyed the T20 Blast and we want to continue that. But we'd like to add a knockout game in the 50-over competition and around five wins in the County Championship. That would be further progress again."

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