Saturday, February 24th, 2018

County All-Rounder Ross Still Keen To Make Impact In Championship Cricket

Ross Whiteley is spending a slice of the winter playing T20 cricket – but the Worcestershire all-rounder also wants to make an impact in the Specsavers County Championship this summer.

Whiteley admits he has not obtained the consistency he would have liked in the longer format of the game and has been in and out of the Championship side.

But, as Worcestershire prepare for life back in Division One, a century he made at that level three years ago against the then champions Yorkshire at Scarborough sticks in the memory.

It was a testament to Whiteley’s potential in four-day cricket.

There have been other examples like a 70 plus against Nottinghamshire at New Road that same summer in the top flight and Whiteley feels he has more to offer.

He said: “Personally when I was younger, I just wanted to play whatever cricket I could whether that was four-day or T20. I just wanted to play first team cricket.

“As time has gone on and my career has gone on, it has probably led me more towards the white ball stuff with my performances.

“It probably suits my game a bit better – but I still want to play red ball cricket.

“I really feel I can still prove a point in the red ball stuff and have got a lot more to offer.

“I know that consistency hasn’t been there but it’s first team cricket and I want to be involved to whatever high a standard as I can.”

Whiteley believes playing his natural game is key to him making his mark more often in the Championship.

He said: “Am I frustrated at not being more consistent? Definitely. It all comes down probably to me being true to myself.

“The way I played the sort of innings when I’ve been successful, I’ve probably played more like I’ve played my white ball cricket.

“It is just about me on the day doing it. It’s been frustrating and is something next season I’m really looking to put into play and to get that sort of consistency.”

Whiteley is currently part of the Multan Sultans squad competing in the Pakistan Super League.