Cross keen to regain routine with help of canine companion

Cross aims to recapture the consistency (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

World Champion Rob Cross admits that he needs to get back to his old routines and misses walking his dog.

The world number three has only shown glimpses of his top form in 2018 as he bids to recapture the brilliance of his Alexandra Palace triumph.

As he prepares for a latest tilt at World Series glory in Brisbane this weekend, 'Voltage' has revealed he's gutted to be away from his four-legged friend.

"It's amazing to be in Brisbane and what a tour it has been from Auckland to Melbourne to here," Cross told Live Darts.

"But for the all the amazing scenery of the Gold Coast, I miss Hastings beach and walking my dog!

"I feel I need that solid base of a routine back in my life. I obviously miss my wife and kids so much and that takes some getting used to.

"The likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson have got used to that over the years, this is all new to me.

"However the biggest problem is undoubtedly the lack of practice, the lack of routine that has really upset my preparation.

"I've struggled with that all year in fairness. Since winning the World Championship I've rarely had a chance to be in the daily set-up I had before then.

"The Premier League is just constant and that meant I couldn’t practice like I had been. Normally I'd spend two or three days solid, spend a few hours doing that, walk the dog and chill out and then go back to the board.

"But the only downside to being World Champion has been all the extra commitments. I’ll get used to it and adapt, it’s part of the modern game and all the other top boys deal with it and I will to."

Cross reached back-to-back World Series finals in Las Vegas and Shanghai last month before going on to suffer successive Quarter-Final defeats in Auckland and Melbourne.

Cross believes that he will turn the corner as he gradually formulates a new way of practice and big game preparation.

He added: "I know in myself what I need to do and that’s half the battle. I also know that I'm doing OK so I'm not concerned.

"The key for me is when I get back to the UK is to find my routine again and prepare for the end of the year like I did a year ago.

"We are now getting to the business end of the year with the Grand Prix, Grand Slam and the Worlds, so it's time to go up a gear.

"It's a game of fractions and I'm not far away from being the guy who won the World Championship. I'm pretty much on par where I was a year ago. But it's time to find that A game again."


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