Experience makes life easier as Martin chases national title

LEN Martin likes Queensland Country's prospects at the looming National Country Cricket Championships in Bendigo, Victoria.

Martin is preparing to coach the team for the fourth time, starting on January 5.

His previous teams have twice finished third and once fourth at the titles and the coach, who lives in North Booval, thinks this year gives Queensland a great chance of claiming the title.

"Eight players are returning, which is a big issue," Martin said.

"Nine if you count Ben."

Ben is Ipswich's Ben O'Connell, who missed the 2014 tournament having captained the team the year before.

Martin is glad to have the Central Districts skipper in his team.

"My word," Martin said.

"He's an extremely good batting all-rounder, who gives us that extra spinner. He's a good batsman, bowler and fielder with great hands. He's a former captain who knows what it takes."

It is that experience, typified by O'Connell, which gives Martin such confidence in Queensland Country's chances.

"In the past we've had to rebuild the team," Martin said. "These guys know what is required.

"They're more experienced, more relaxed in their approach, rather than trying to learn all the time. Inexperience has cost us in the past."

It also makes Martin's job easier because he does not have to spend so much time preparing players for what to expect.

"My job is just supporting the players," he said. "To give guidance when required."

The Queensland Country team has a warm-up game against the Queensland under 19 team at Allan Border Field, Albion tomorrow.



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