Hugh Morris on signings, Ingram and captaincy

19 Jan 2017 | Cricket
With Glamorgan players back in pre-season since the start of 2017, the countdown to the new campaign is on and Chief Executive Hugh Morris spoke to reporters earlier about the club\'s preparations.

Read on for a summary of Hugh's comments to the media about new signings, the return of Colin Ingram and captain Jacques Rudolph.

There’s been talk in the South African press about a new signing, can you shed any light on this?

Looking at the bigger picture we’re trying to produce as many of our own players as we possibly can. In September we announced new contracts for four young cricketers here, but as and when we do get gaps or our resources are limited, we want to make sure there’s as much competition in the side as possible.

We’ve identified a need for fast bowler and we’re actively speaking to one or two options.

Marchant de Lange was the name in the South African press, is he likely to join?

We've had conversations with Marchand's agents and those are ongoing.

There were a few batting headaches in the Championship last season particularly with Chris Cooke and Colin Ingram being injured, are you worried about their return given Colin is yet to play four day cricket in South Africa this season?

We’re in regular contact with Colin and his rehabilitation post operation for his troublesome knee has gone very well.

He played a full part in the Warriors' white ball cricket before Christmas in getting to the final of the T20 competition down there and deliberately he is now spending some time on strength and conditioning and he is due to play some four-day cricket before he comes across to Glamorgan.

We're very comfortable with the way he's going, he's due to be playing before the end of January.

Batsman/wicket-keeper Chris Cooke is also expected to be fully fit, after missing half the 2016 season with back trouble.

"We’re also really pleased with the progress Chris has made, he didn’t have an operation in the end, but he’s played a full and active part in strength and conditioning over the last two and a half months.

He’s been back doing his skills with the squad who are in the UK and he’s batting, keeping and diving around so should start the season fully fit.

No one was more frustrated than Jacques himself last season about his form, are you confident he can be in the 1,000 run club?

By his own admission Jacques had a really disappointing season.

But he's had 19 seasons as a professional cricketer and he’s averaged 45 in domestic first class cricket in South Africa and over here and has a very good international record, so he’s a top player.

We all have bad seasons, and he's really excited about coming back to Glamorgan for 2017.

There won't be anyone trying harder than Jacques to regain form and provide some success for the club.

In light of Welsh rugby’s decision with Sam Warburton, is it possible he may relinquish the captaincy to focus on his own game?

The way we performed in white ball cricket the last couple of years, we've been really competitive and at times we looked as good as anybody in the country in T20 cricket last year.”

Whilst Jacques' total of runs may have been disappointing last year, the way he led the side, the respect he has, is really important and we’re looking forward to him captaining the side again this summer.

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