Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Henry Arriving At New Road On April 5 To Launch Three Month Spell With Worcs

Henry Arriving At New Road On April 5 To Launch Three Month Spell With Worcs

New Zealand paceman Matt Henry is due to arrive in England on April 5 to begin his three month spell with Worcestershire.

Henry, who has played in four Tests, five T20Is and 25 ODIs, will arrive five days before the opening County Championship match with Kent at New Road.

He is the County's main overseas player for the first half of the campaign until the end of June with South African paceman Kyle Abbott taking over the reins from early July through to the end of the season.

Henry last played for his country in the Test against Australia in Christchurch in late February.

But since then he has been turning out for Canterbury in the Plunket Shield and has picked up 12 wickets in the matches against Otago, Wellington and Northern Districts.

Worcestershire Director Of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "He is due on April 5. We are at Edgbaston (first day of two-day game with Warwickshire) so he will be welcome by the chief executive (Tom Scott).

"Hopefully I will meet up with him on the way back from Edgbaston and then give him a light day the next day so he can find his feet and get rid of the jet lag a little bit and then slowly build him up with some cricket the day after.

"We have got to be sensible. It quite a long journey from New Zealand but he will be raring to go.

"I know he is the type of guy who wants to impress. He is hungry for success. He has never played county cricket before.

"He has played in all formats for New Zealand and he will be keen to impress in the games he plays for us."

Henry will follow in the footsteps of several New Zealanders who have played for the County in the past including Glenn Turner, John Parker, Lou Vincent, Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan.

He will also be reunited at New Road in May with Mitchell Santner with the all-rounder, currently in ICC World T20 action for New Zealand, who is Worcestershire's NatWest T20 Blast signing for 2016.

Meanwhile, Rhodes said there is a "strong possibility" that Moeen Ali could be available to play some county cricket during the initial part of the season.

England have a near seven week break from action at the completion of the ICC World T20 before facing Sri Lanka in the first Test at Headingley on May 19.

Moeen is a centrally contracted player and England will decide which cricket he would be available for at county level – as is the case with all centrally contracted players.

Rhodes said: "There is a strong possibility Moeen might play a game or two early season for us."