Friday, October 17th, 2014

Daryl: Big Hundreds In Division One Will Be “hard To Ignore”

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell says it "will be hard to ignore" if he can replicate his excellent form this season in Division One of the LV = County Championship in 2015.

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes believes Mitchell earned the right to be considered by the England selectors after his oustanding performances in 2014.

Opening batsman Mitchell was the second highest scorer in Division Two with 1,334 runs and deservedly won the club's Dick Lygon Award at the presentation evening two weeks ago.

The 30-year-old, who has signed a new four year contract with Worcestershire, said: "It's nice to be spoken about (regarding England). If I could start next season like the one just gone, I'll be talked about again. It's as simple as that.

"It's all about trying to make hundreds, and big hundreds at that, and if I can do that in Division One, then it's hard to ignore.

"I feel like I'm in a good place with my batting and long may that continue."

Mitchell is aware of the challenges that will face Worcestershire in Division One but has confidence in the squad to step up to the challenge.

He said: "The big thing in Division One is you don't get those weak links in attacks. You have four seamers and a spinner coming at you from ball one until 6.30 at night. It is a big test for the guys.

"But the good thing with having a young side is the margins to improve are really great.

"You saw that from 2013 to this year – and I think we've got to strive to improve the same amount next year going forward.

"Rest assured the lads will be giving everything in the winter to get better."