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Kent Cricket assistant coach Matt Walker says the players need to be more ruthless as they bid to get their LV= County Championship campaign on track

By Alex Hoad
Kent assistant coach Matt Walker. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kent assistant coach Matt Walker. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Kent players need to be more ruthless and show more mental toughness as they seek to get their Championship campaign on track, according to assistant coach Matt Walker.

Kent followed up the disappointing Division 2 defeat at Worcestershire in their opening game with a frustrating draw against Leicestershire this week.

The rain-shortened game was choked to death by unambitious visitors who left Kent just 42 overs to chase down a victory target of 324 on the final afternoon on Wednesday.

Walker admitted: “Losing the first day takes so much time out of the game.
“We declared behind and were trying to be positive. It tells you something about us – we have a positive mindset and we want to get down to the business of winning games.”

Kent lost just two of their 16 LV= County Championship Division 2 games last season, but drew 11 – two more than anyone else.

Walker revealed: “We’re trying to change the culture and win games. We want to send a positive message out to our lads and to the opposition that we’re up for winning the hard way.

“It’s up to us to create opportunities for ourselves. We’re trying to fine-tune the guys. Batters have been getting in and then getting out. Nobody means to do it, but we’ve got to be more ruthless.

“The majority of batsmen are in a good place and hitting the ball nicely, but some need that tougher mindset.

“When we see an opportunity we have to take it – whether that’s turning fifties into hundreds or bowling in the right areas, when we have a team on the ropes we really need to put our foot on their neck.”

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