Kent Cricket Club batsman Sam Northeast reveals captaincy ambition and pursuit for international recognition
by Alex Hoad
Kent batsman Sam Northeast
says he would "love to lead the county one day" but is currently
focused on scoring enough runs to get him into international
contention this season.
The 23-year-old is on a
one-year contract at the St Lawrence Ground and while he backs the
appointment of James Tredwell as the new skipper following Rob
Key’s decision to step down after seven years at the helm,
Northeast admitted it was a role he’d relish in the
He said: "I am a little bit
disappointed that Rob stepped down as he has done a great job over
several years. It came as sort of a surprise but now he can
concentrate on getting back to scoring 1,000-plus runs a season and
James is definitely the right man for the job at the
He added: "In the future, at
some point, it’s something I’d be interested in but at the moment,
my ambitions are not on that.
"At some stage, I would love
to lead the county but it’s not my time at the moment.
"My aim for the season is
scoring runs and getting in teams. I’d like to think I can cement a
place near the top of the Kent order in all forms of the
"If all goes well, I’d like
to think I could knock on the door of higher honours."
Speaking before flying out to
Dubai on Tuesday to join the MCC team for a pre-season competition
featuring Sussex, Warwickshire and Lancashire, Northeast added:
"I’m looking forward to it.
"It is an interesting
selection. It is certainly an honour but it doesn’t really mean
anything in terms of other selections.
"I’ve not heard anything
about any selectors looking at me but all I can do is focus on
scoring some runs and see where that takes me."
He added: "I’m looking
forward to playing alongside Rahul Dravid. I’ll try to get some
advice from him and maybe try and persuade him to come back to
Northeast spent just two
weeks back in Kent after returning from a winter playing in
Australia for the Sunshine Coast Scorchers.
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