TOM Kohler-Cadmore is going down the Jonny Tattersall route in a bid to make himself a more saleable asset for the increasing number of worldwide domestic white ball competitions taking place.

Yorkshire’s opening batsman, also a superb outfielder - particularly at first slip, is currently learning his trade as a wicketkeeper as he looks to cement his place on the franchise scene after impressive winter displays in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and the Pakistan Super League.

The 26-year-old performed superbly at the top of the order in both competitions.

But he is refusing to rest on his laurels as he expands and pushes his game to the next level.

“I hate bowling, I’m rubbish at it,” explained the former Worcestershire man. “And I have zero satisfaction if I ever get a wicket in training!

“But, in these franchise competitions around the world, normally if you have a second string to your bow then it makes you more selectable.

“It might be that they need a part-time second keeper in the squad who is a batsman. That’s the category I’m trying to fall into.

“It gives myself more options to be picked in a team.

“I know people have spoken in the past about it maybe getting you on a tour. But I know at the moment England have so many keeper-batsman options.

“I’m not thinking about sneaking onto a tour with it because in the Tests, there’s Ben Foakes, Jos Buttler, Jonny (Bairstow) and James Bracey has been with them all winter. In the white ball stuff, there’s Jos, Jonny and Sam Billings around.

“But, in the franchise stuff, it won’t harm my chances. If you’re in a squad, you may even get into the team because you offer a lot more with the bat than the other keeper they could pick. That’s my thought process.”

Kohler-Cadmore has been working with Paul Shaw, Yorkshire’s go to wicketkeeping consultant, who helped to turn Tattersall from a non-keeper into the county’s senior gloveman in 2018.

“I’ve done a couple of sessions with Paul, and I’ve also done a lot of work with Birky (Ben Birkhead) this winter. He’s been unbelievable,” he continued.

“I really enjoy catching a ball. That’s another reason I’m doing it. So practice isn’t a chore.

“As I say, if you get me to bowl at a cone or a batter, I hate the whole experience. Whereas keeping, I really enjoy. And, no matter what, I also think it’s going to benefit my fielding with more catching and increased movement.

“If the worst outcome from this is that I become a better fielder, it’s worth doing anyway.”

Yorkshire have wicket-keepers Tattersall, Ben Birkhead and Harry Duke at their disposal, not forgetting England star Jonny Bairstow when available.

So this is not a move which will put pressure on any of those names, though it may just be of use to the White Rose on the odd occasion should there be a last minute injury emergency at a game.

“I feel I would be able to step in now,” said Kohler-Cadmore.

“I know they would still want the specialist keeper, Birky or Dukey, to come in and cover that game. But I know I could do a job for 10-15 overs or however long it took them to get to the ground.

“Obviously I’ll have some technical work to do with things like standing up to the stumps to the spinners. But I back my hands, and I see catching a ball as my biggest strength when it comes to fielding.

“It’s something I want to work on, but it will never affect my batting or fielding time. If I’ve got a spare half hour here or there, I can do some keeping.

“I just need to get better at moving my feet instead of just diving!

“It’s been good fun learning. It’s similar to standing at slip. You get the ball much more, but you want to be in similar positions. Hopefully it will be a good thing.

“I know how important a keeper’s job is. I’m not belittling anything a keeper does. But it adds to the strength and the balance of the squad if I can be good enough to take the chances that come my way and stop the runs if and when called upon.

“You could play an extra seamer or an extra power hitter, whatever they want to do.”

A prime example of what Kohler-Cadmore has talked about could come in this summer’s Hundred competition. He is signed up with the Emerald Headingley based Northern Superchargers, who only have Middlesex’s John Simpson on their books as a specialist keeper.

All it takes is one broken finger and Kohler-Cadmore could be diving around and taking screamers sooner than expected.