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Kent captain Robert Key scraps changes to find form

Kent skipper Robert Key
Key's highest score in first class-cricket still stands at 270

Kent captain Rob Key has scrapped the changes he made to his game over the winter in order to rediscover his form.

Key struggled to score runs in the first few games of the season but hit 261 against Durham on Monday.

"I spent the whole winter trying to change my trigger movements," he told BBC Radio Kent. "I always believe you try anything you can to get better.

"But sometimes it won't work. It hasn't worked for me so I went back to the way I've played over the last few years."

As opening batsman, Key scored a season's best 87 against Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 on Sunday and hit his third double century in first-class cricket a day later.

Key fell just nine runs short of his highest score of 270, which was set at Glamorgan last season, and 14 runs short of the St Lawrence Ground's record 275 - set by Matt Walker in 1996.

Key said: "This one was probably one of my best because people like Steve Harmison are playing.

"When you do it in the second division it's nice to get runs but the first division is what it's all about really, you've got to show what you can do.

"All of my career - apart from one year - has been in the first division so it's nice to keep going on that note.

"It was good fun and it was a long time due.

"It's important after the poor start I had I owed the team some runs and it's nice to get a decent score."

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