Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins has thanked his T20 skipper Luke Wright for the advice on his batting writes Adam Stenning for theargus.co.uk.
The 23-year-old had been accused of going too hard at the ball and after taking Wright’s advice his fortunes have changed.
Rawlins scored 62 not out in the victory over Kent, before following that up with 37 from 20 balls in the defeat to Essex.
The all-rounder revealed the part Wright has played in him reining it in with the bat.
He said: “It is difficult, but I have to trust in the ability to hit the gaps and still hit the ball for four.
“For me, it is all about reading situations better, in the game against Kent here I was probably too far the other way trying to hit everything out the park. “You learn and it is nice to have players like Wrighty around, he has played all around the world for England and I have just been taking on his advice the last couple of games and it has been working a bit with the two scores I have got.”
It’s not just with the bat that Rawlins has been impressing, he has also been in good form with the ball.
Rawlins picked up career-best figures of 2-18 against Essex at Hove and has been used as a second spinner to Wright when Will Beer does not make the squad.
Despite being pleased that he is getting the chance to bowl, Rawlins wishes Beer was involved as well.
He said, “I’ve been speaking to Wrighty throughout the competition and he has always told me to be ready, but it’s nice to get the opportunity.
“I’d like Beer to play, he has done really well for us over the last few years and every time he plays, he does really well.
“It is nice to get a bowl and get a couple of wickets myself.”
Rawlins has gradually improved over the season and he says that is down to him being better prepared for games.
He said: “I feel my season has been progressing and developing quite nicely.
“It has been nice for myself to get a few good scores with the bat.