Seamer James Harris returned to training after a short winter break that has let his body ‘cool down and recover’ following a challenging 2022 schedule.
Harris and the Glamorgan squad were given October off to recuperate but were back at the National Cricket Centre at Sophia Gardens this week to begin their preparations for next season, with the 32-year-old excited to get back to business.
“This is really the start of pre-season training after a little bit of time off to let the body sort of cool down and recover,” said Harris.
“This is just easing the body back in into things again and we will look to pick things up in the next couple of weeks.
“We will do a bit more technical stuff, a bit more strength stuff, and make sure that the fitness is as good as it can be leading into Christmas and then leading into the start of the summer.
“It’s always exciting coming back after a break and knowing a new season isn’t far away.”
There were new faces at the training session, with Harris reuniting with ex-Middlesex teammate Harry Podmore and rookie signing, Zain Ul Hassan.
“It is brilliant to have some fresh guys here and to have some more energy,” said Harris.
“It is always exciting for them, and it is exciting for everyone around the squad to have them in so that is a brilliant thing.
“I think playing and training with these guys, they can pick up any titbits on the way.”
Harris finished his first season back with the Welsh county with 31 wickets in the LV= County Championship, but feels there is room for improvement next year.
“I put in some decent performances towards the backend of the year,” said Harris.
“I wasn’t totally happy with my form all the way through, but it was a nice way to start back and I’m looking forward to building on it now over the winter and going into next summer.”