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In our latest YC in winter profile, Lords.org talks to Adam Hose, 2012's IRK MacLaren Young Cricketer Award winner, who is spending two weeks at the Global Cricket School in Mumbai, India.
Hose, a tall batsman from the Isle of Wight, had a strong first year at Lord's in 2012, despite a summer in which it was far more rewarding to ply one's trade as a bowler than with willow in hand.
Batting wise I'm working on building game plans for how to approach the turning ball - Hose
His reward for topping the one-day batting averages and weighing in regularly in the other formats for Mark Alleyne's team was the IRK MacLaren Young Cricketer Award and with it a grant which he wisely invested in a trip to Pune's Global Cricket School.
A finishing school with seven centre's around the world (three in India, one each in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and South Africa) the GCS has a high reputation among coaches as benefitting the development of teams such as Afghanistan and Scotland, as well as individuals such as Hose.
And for the 20-year-old, whose improving bowling was a feature of 2012, the trip serves a very simple purpose: "I came out to India focussed on two things," Hose told Lords.org. "Batting and bowling."
Drill down however, and there is more to it than that. Despite spending time at the Darren Lehman Cricket Academy in January 2012, Hose has no experience batting or bowling in sub-continental conditions.
"Batting wise I'm working on building game plans for how to approach the turning ball," he adds.
"And with my bowling I hope to gain a better understanding and approach to bowling when the ball and pitch is offering little movement for the seamer. Gaining exposure to different coaches and they're methods is always important as a young player.
"I am still working out my own individual 'game', and the knowledge and information I've gained out here can only help a young player like myself understand what works best for me."
Hose's India trip means he's had a mixed winter of preparation ahead of the 2013 season, spending his time largely at Lord's before travelling to the sub-continent.
The disruption of a woeful summer of weather in his first season left Hose, and many of his teammates, less fatigued than they might have been - leading to an increased appetite for getting back into the swing of things last Autumn.
Hose is one of a number of this current crop of YCs, including Stuart Poynter who spent time at Lord's either side of the Christmas break. As an ECB Level II Coach, Hose was also able to combine his training and supplement his income through paid coaching jobs at the MCC Academy:
Hose said: "After Christmas we've have had a set schedule for training led by (Head Coach) Mark Alleyne and (Assistant Head Coach) Alan Duncan, which has been fantastic, the lads are working very hard and looking in great shape for the up and coming season, which we are all very excited about."
"Working in the MCC Academy makes it a great combination for me as it allows me to complete all my training in the morning and afternoon, followed by work in the evening. Lord's is certainly my second home at the moment!"