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Glamorgan chief backs Croft role

Robert Croft
Off-spinner Robert Croft has played for Glamorgan since 1989

Chairman Paul Russell has criticised Glamorgan's performance in limited overs cricket and believes Robert Croft should play a greater part next season.

Glamorgan cricket manager Matthew Maynard has preferred to give youth its chance in the likes of the Pro40.

That saw Croft play four Pro40 and just one Friends Provident Trophy games.

"I believe that every team should be picked on merit from the whole pool of players available and I think that will be the case next year," Russell said.

"There is a lot of work to be done with one-day cricket.

"I think at times our approach has been at times slightly faulty, I think at times we have been slightly formulaic in defending a total.

"We seem to be unable to keep the runs under control during the last overs of the opposition's innings."

Russell says the responsibility of picking the team still lies with Maynard and Glamorgan captain Jamie Dalrymple, but added that he has "made his feelings know" about pre-determining selection at the beginning of a tournament.

Former England spinner Croft has been a stand-out performer in Glamorgan's County Championship Division Two campaign and the 39-year-old recently signed a new two-year contract with the Welsh county.

Russell was speaking to BBC Wales cricket correspondent Edward Bevan during the commentary interval of Glamorgan's 27-run Pro40 win against Lancashire in Cardiff on Monday night.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Russell also revealed that Glamorgan would again be bidding for an Ashes Test when the series returns to these shores in 2013, following the Swalec Stadium's successful hosting of the first Ashes Test this year.

"On Thursday we'll begin the drafting of the submission we shall be making to the ECB to stage one of the three Ashes Tests in 2013 which are up for grabs," Russell said.

"We are realistic enough to know that one of them will go to Lord's, so we think it's a perm two from four, so once again we propose to make our case unanswerable as we did for the 2009 case."

Russell was also hopeful that Glamorgan would be able to persuade Australian opener Mark Cosgrove to join them again next season as an overseas player.

Glamorgan are also hopeful South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs will play for them again next season, an arrangement the player is also keen to continue.

"I know from our discussions he [Maynard] is looking at one more domestic signing as well as an overseas signing," Russell added.

"I would dearly, dearly - from a personal point of view - like to see Mark Cosgrove come back.

"I think he's an immense talent, I think he's got a very long way to go as a cricketer, which says a great deal about his potential as he's so very good at the moment."

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