Fuller pledges to work hard on all-round game
James Fuller is preparing to join the long list of Gloucestershire cricketers spending this winter in warmer climes.
The 22-year-old pace bowler flies out to New Zealand at the beginning of next month to play for Takapuna Cricket Club in Auckland.
That will make him a neighbour of Gloucestershire team-mate Paul Muchall, who will also be playing in Auckland with Birkenhead City CC.
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For Fuller, it means a trip back to the area where he was brought up. He represented Takapuna as a junior and is looking forward to honing all aspects of his game in the coming months.
"I'll be playing two-day cricket at the weekends, as well as some one-day games, and there is also a chance of some representative T20 matches for Otago over Christmas," he said.
"That means I can work on all my skills. I want to develop into a genuine all-rounder, so I shall be working hard on my batting and my bowling."
Fuller bounced back from conceding a world record 38 runs in an over during the Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Sussex at Hove to finish the county season strongly.
"I was pretty happy with the way things went and, by the end, I felt I was showing my potential in four-day cricket," he said.
"I am starting to learn what you need to do to be a successful first-class cricketer.
"For fast bowlers it is all about managing your body to cope with the amount of cricket played in England.
"There were a few niggles and an elbow problem that kept me out for a couple of weeks, but other than that I felt fine, which was encouraging.
"There is nothing like the intensity with the domestic game in New Zealand. I expect to be involved in 30-odd days of cricket while I am over there."
With extensive redevelopment work taking place at the County Ground this winter, Gloucestershire have opted to send more players than usual abroad.
As well as Fuller and Muchall, Ian Cockbain will be playing in New Zealand, while Ed Young, Jack Taylor, Benny Howell and Cameron Herring are bound for Australia.
New wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick will be playing in his native South Africa and other Gloucestershire players may spend some time overseas after Christmas.