Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We'll Be Back, Insists Brown ; Lancs Ace Eyes Quick Return to Division One Red Rose Have Winning Mentality, Says Opener

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We'll Be Back, Insists Brown ; Lancs Ace Eyes Quick Return to Division One Red Rose Have Winning Mentality, Says Opener

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NEXT season's Division Two campaign is just a stepping stone to Lancashire regaining their County Championship title, according to Karl Brown.

The Red Rose batsman was at the crease on that famous day in Taunton in 2011 as Steven Croft hit the runs which secured the club their first outright title in 77 years.

But he was also powerless to stop Lancashire drop into the second tier of English cricket last season as they had a campaign to forget.

Skipper Glen Chapple admits the players lost their siege mentality last season which had been a key part of them being crowned kings of England.

But having been back in training since the first week in November, Brown is convinced the players have rediscovered that never-say-die attitude.

And the Atherton-born 24-year-old says that has been driven by the squad's desperation to prove a point after last season's disappointment.

He said: "I think Glen Chapple is probably right in what he says, but I'm convinced we've got that siege mentality back now because everybody is desperate to do well.

"We're all massively focused on next season and doing the very best that we can, which is getting promoted back into Division One. That's where we want to be.

"We've got to look at next season as a stepping stone to putting ourselves in a good position to win the title again.

"We've got to go out there and prove how good we are as a team and as individuals. We've got to put some good performances on the board.

"We know we're good enough to win Division One, we proved that in 2011, so we feel we're certainly good enough to get promotion back into that division. That's going to be our main goal."

Experienced bowlers Gary Keedy and Sajid Mahmood have left Lancashire since the end of last season, but coach Peter Moores has boosted his squad by bringing in former England seamer Kabir Ali and ex-Australian Test opener Simon Katich.

There is still a chance last season's overseas player Ashwell Prince could return as a Kolpak player depending on his plans with South Africa, while Moores admitted to M. …

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