Edwards has discovered the time with Watson, who has delved extensively into the psychological aspect of the sport, particularly priceless and hopes to keep up the connection.
“The one-on-one chats with Shane were fantastic for me on the mental side of the game,” he stated. “A couple of things that I’d brought into my game at the end of last year and then was able to refine with him and just around bringing the best version of myself out on the field and being competitive, having that competitive drive to win and getting into the contest.
“I took quite a bit away from these conversations. It was additionally unbelievable to simply chat to him, he was a little bit of a childhood hero of mine so it was good to take a seat down and meet him.
“The similarities to the beginning of his career had with where I’m at, juggling the responsibilities of being an allrounder and managing your body and the weight of expectation on yourself and all sorts of things. Hopefully I can stay in touch with him and keep picking his brain.”
“I do a lot of chatting with him and being able to work a little bit closer with him this pre-season has been nice,” he stated. “Just the way he prepares for every training and game, he’s the ultimate professional. Even at the twilight of his career, he still does everything he can to get his body in the best place possible.
“Then there’s just some different issues like wrist place and attempting to maximise that. He’s somebody who’s exploited that fantastically through the years. I simply decide his mind on little issues and controlling what I can to make the end result pretty much as good as attainable.”
Edwards was particularly impressive from round the wicket to Queensland’s left handers during the Shield match at Cricket Central, removing Bryce Street, Matt Renshaw, Jack Clayton and Usman Khawaja with that angle.
“I’ve performed it for fairly some time had a little bit of success, that is in all probability my finest mode of assault to left handers,” he said. “Watching how the sport’s modified lately with [Stuart] Broad and guys going around the wicket, principally attempt to copy what they do. Seems to be working for me proper now. If I can hold engaged on my stuff to the suitable handers and have that choice to the left handers as effectively, it is a good combo.”
However, despite Edwards’ impressive performances in the early rounds, NSW missed out on what should have been a victory in each format against Queensland with the visitors producing a superb rearguard through Jimmy Peirson and Michael Neser in the Shield, then a thrilling final-wicket stand of 73 to steal the one-day game at North Sydney Oval.
“Everyone’s ardour to characterize New South Wales is as excessive as ever and [to] attempt to make amends for what occurred final yr,” Edwards said. “I believe everybody was somewhat bit embarrassed, so I believe everybody’s hungry. We’re doing plenty of good issues so hopefully some wins are coming quickly.”
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