Small tweaks have Cartwright ready
Hilton Cartwright is looking forward to the start of the JLT Cup and is confident a couple of small changes to his technique will be beneficial
14 September 2018, 04:50 PM AEST
Western Australia allrounder Hilton Cartwright is hoping a couple of small changes to his batting technique will help him thrive this summer.
Cartwright represented Australia at Test and one-day level in 2017, but has since suffered some indifferent form while playing for Western Australia and overseas for English county side Middlesex.
But the 26-year-old is hoping some friendly advice from three different coaches and a solid pre-season in Perth will hold him in good stead ahead of the start of the JLT One-Day Cup next week.
"I am actually in a really good headspace at the moment," Cartwright said today.
"It's the first time that I’ve had a good six-week block that I can work on a few technical things in my game so I’ve really enjoyed that time off and being home that whole time really gives you that refreshing attitude going into a full season.
"I think a few poor technical aspects have crept into my game and I haven’t had the chance to address them.
"So this six-week block has given me the chance to really get back to what was working well for me perfectly a couple of years ago."
Cartwright said he had been working hard with current Western Australia coach Adam Voges, but had also received some advice from former Warriors coach and current Australia coach Justin Langer and high performance batting coach Chris Rogers.
"It's been a mix of people (that have helped me)," Cartwright admitted.
"Chris Rogers noticed a few things, the current coach (Voges) noticed a few things and JL (Langer) noticed a few things towards the backend of last season.
"But there's not a whole heap you can do while the season is running as you are trying to take every game as it comes.
"As I got back from the UK, ‘Vogesy’ came up and we had a good chat in his office for about an hour about what we are going to do and how we are going to try and fix it and we have put that in place over the last few weeks."
And Cartwright knows exactly what is needed from him to get back into the frame for a recall to the national side.
"No matter where you are playing your cricket, if you are making runs people are going to notice," Cartwright added.
"Once you get 100, you have to get to 150 and once you get to 150, get to 200.
"It's the art of the game as a batsman.
"If you are making runs people are going to notice and you are going to end up getting selected for it."