Kenya star Collins Obuya has urged his team-mates to work harder in order to be competitive ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Speaking six months ahead of his side's first match against New Zealand in Chennai, Collins said: "We need to work harder and if it all goes well and if we keep doing the right things and in the best way possible, we should be alright. However, I am so happy that I am managing to get runs on the board and my confidence has come back."
The 29-year-old has been one of the few bright spots recently for his country as it has struggled to find winning form. The African side finished at the bottom of the ICC World Cricket League Division One in July after failing to win a single group game although Obuya was his side's leading run-scorer with 177 runs, including a half century against Afghanistan. His team then lost all four matches against the touring India sides from Gujarat and Baroda in the past month.
"We need to start winning matches as that will give us confidence," said Obuya. "We need to see batsmen getting runs and staying at the wicket for longer while the bowlers need to bowl much better. If this can be achieved, then I have no doubt we will do well."
Obuya was part of the squad that reached the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2003 in which he took 13 wickets, including an impressive 5-24 against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. He believes his side's young team have plenty of talent but that experience, such as 39-year-old Steve Tikolo, will help raise performance levels.
"There's so much talent and potential in the team but a lot needs to be done on an individual level. We need to continuously strive to get better as well," he said.
"The team needs to get cohesion and the young players need to be encouraged. We also miss experience which is important for the team in those kinds of matches."
Obuya also admitted he can't wait to experience the atmosphere of playing in Asia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
"India is a great country and I would really like to play there, it will be good fun to play in that cricket mad country," he said.