CONSISTENCY is key if Surrey are to turn their season around, according to Vikram Solanki. Surrey suffered a humiliating thrashing at the hands of Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 last night, losing by 178 runs, but Solanki insists he is enjoying his first season at the Oval. "It's been great," the 37-year-old said. "We've played well in parts and not so well in other parts. "If we can string together some performances and get some consistency into our game, hopefully we can move in the right direction." Surrey have not had a great start to the season and are yet to record a win in the County Championship, but Solanki is confident a good run is not far away from Chris Adams' team. "We have played some good cricket at times. We just need to get more consistent," the right-handed batsman said. "The opportunities for the youngsters is great, more so because we've got some great players around, the likes of Ricky Ponting and Azhar Mahmood in the set-up, Graeme [Smith] was around for a little while as well, it's a great opportunity for them to learn their cricket. "If we can all sort of group together and string some performances together we can all get about enjoying our job a bit more." And the India-born former England international is hoping that starts with Wednesday's Championship game against holders Warwickshire at Guildford - but he knows it isn't going to be easy. "It's not supposed to be easy," Solanki explained. "It's an opportunity for us to get back to playing some good cricket and hopefully putting in some decent performance."
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