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Cross insists the belief is back after Premier League turnaround

Hastings ace Cross celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Reigning World Champion Rob Cross admits he has regained belief in himself after an edgy start to the season left him doubting his own ability.

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Cross claimed the sport's biggest prize at Alexandra Palace on New Year's Day, a life-changing triumph which has carried an added weight of expectation.

The 27-year-old was subsequently handed a place in the Premier League for the first time and endured a testing start, suffering successive defeats with just three legs to show for his efforts.

Since then, Cross has turned his fortunes around, recording three consecutive wins to move into the top four, while also enjoying consistent runs in non-televised tournaments.

"I'm playing a lot better, I'm happier now," Cross told Live Darts. "The belief in myself is back.

"I'm a cagey person and if I'm not practicing and doing what I normally do then I have this belief that I don't believe that I should be there and that I don't deserve to be there if I'm not working at the game.

"I think that showed earlier on this year when I wasn't putting the time in and getting the rewards.

"Now, the belief is back and I know I've got it in the locker when it's there."

Cross has a tournament average of 95.5 heading in to his clash with fellow debutant Mensur Suljovic in Nottingham on Thursday and insists there is still considerable room for improvement.

He added: "I think I'm a bit edgy when I'm starting legs and that's got to change - I have to get rid of that and get back to where I want to be.

"I'm not coming out and firing and I'm not sharp enough at the minute for whatever reason.

"I have to take it one game at a time and Mensur is in my way next.

"It's just the start that's the problem at the minute but that will come, there's no worries there.

"I think winning has helped, even elsewhere just winning games and getting over the line.

"I'm having bigger averages on the floor than what I'm having on the TV but it's coming.

"The doubles under pressure are usually better now and that will only get better throughout the year so I'm looking forward to it."


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