KOS Media has teamed up with Kent batsman Michael Powell for a column throughout the 2013 season.

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I’ve done a column before back in Cardiff when I was with Glamorgan before I joined Kent last season. I will try to give an honest appraisal of where we are going with the team and what’s going on in the changing rooms, behind the scenes and on the pitch.

I’ve got different stuff I do off the field, when I’m not playing cricket for Kent. I’ve got a Harley Davidson, which I try to get out on as much as I can.

I try to get away from cricket when I’m not playing. I like riding my Harley to Bristol when I’m at home, but I don’t bring it to Canterbury because I’ve got all my gear – it’s too far, really.

When I do get back I take it out as much as I can. It’s my first bike and I’ve always wanted one. I had my benefit year at Glamorgan before I came to Kent and I’ve always wanted a Harley, so I thought I would treat myself.

Someone asked me if I was having a mid-life crisis, but it’s like someone else buying themselves a car. It is a big bike, but it’s loud. The louder it is, the safer it is, because people can hear you coming.

Back to the cricket and I think we were under-cooked going into the first game, because we didn’t get out as much as we wanted.

The weather was just a nightmare – the games we did play it was great to play, but it wasn’t quality practice where we had a long day in the field.

Because we got two days in the field, I think the boys got more battle-hardened – hopefully that put us up to speed for the season. In a strange way that was good prep.

At Leicestershire it was great for Keysey [Rob Key] to get a hundred. Hopefully, that will tally as the season goes along. He is definitely a lot fitter than last year. He has lost a lot of weight, but he has trained very hard in the winter.

He is one of our best batsmen, if not our best, so you would expect him to score a lot of runs. He’s a good player. When he scores 100, it’s not a big deal – that’s the mark of a good player. We are lucky to have him so focused – whether he’s captain or not, he’s an asset to any team.

There is a lot of off-the-field stuff that goes on as a cricket captain that people don’t realise goes on.

When you’re captain of a cricket team you control everything, unlike football or rugby. You have a say in everything – there’s a lot more to the job than meets the eye.

Our new captain James is good as gold. He’s a hard-working, honest cricketer and he leads by example. He sets a good example, does big Treds, so it bodes very well for the team.

He is quieter, but his work ethic is exceptional and the boys respect that. He is more of a look- and-follow-me type of captain.



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