Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Andrew Stepping Up Comeback Schedule After Back Injury Setback

Andrew Stepping Up Comeback Schedule After Back Injury Setback

Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew is set to resume bowling from tomorrow after his recent back injury.

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes confirmed a possible fully fledged return for Andrew as batsman-bowler in the NatWest T20 Blast clash with Nottinghamshire Outlaws on June 27 is "very much the plan."

Andrew picked up 20 wickets in the opening four LV = County Championship matches of the season before suffering the setback.

He has been captaining the Second Eleven this week against Glamorgan at Kidderminster playing purely as a batsman and hit 72 on Monday.

When asked if the Outlaws game was still the target for Andrew's full return, Rhodes said: "That is very much the plan and from Friday he is going to start getting back to bowling.

"Hopefully, if we can get him back bowling then 'Happy Days' and the Notts game is the week after.

"He has been playing this week as a batsman and did really well and got a 70 and was in good form.

"Hopefully when he does come in, he will hit the ground running with bat and ball."

Andrew revelled in the new ball role after Alan Richardson's retirement before his setback and returned career-best figures of 5-40 against Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.