Tuesday, August 30th, 2022


Overseas batter, Azhar Ali, is set to return to action for the four-game finale of the season in the LV=Insurance County Championship.

The Pakistan star suffered a hamstring injury during the latter stages of his brilliant century in the win over Northamptonshire in the Royal London Cup 10 days ago.

Assistant Coach Alan Richardson confirmed Azhar is ahead of schedule in terms of his fitness and in line to face Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in the next Championship match, beginning on Monday, September 5.

Richardson said: “It looks like he is ahead of schedule, and Andy Powell (Head of Science & Medicine), is really happy with him.

“Azhar is very diligent, a great professional, so soon as the injury occurred, he’s been on the case.

“He’s done everything he can, so I think we will be very confident that Azhar will be back for the first Championship game.

“It was something that potentially was going to be two to three weeks, and he is going to be comfortably inside that.”

Azhar has made a significant impact in his first season at New Road and will be looking to add to his 607 Championship runs at an average of 46.69.

Pace bowler, Charlie Morris, has undergone a successful knee operation.

Morris has not played since the superb victory over Middlesex in the Championship last month.

Richardson said: “The operation seemed to go really well, another great pro, who is very diligent in his work.

“He’s got a little bit of a journey ahead of him, but, knowing Charlie as we do, he will be very thorough, and the work ethic is unmatched, really.

“There will be no doubts Charlie will be up and running soon.”

Morris has picked up 21 Championship wickets at an average of 30.57 this season.