Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Mason: Worcs Have Ideal Looking Squad For White Ball Challenges

Mason: Worcs Have Ideal Looking Squad For White Ball Challenges

Matt Mason says Worcestershire Rapids have the look of a squad well suited for the challenges of white ball cricket this summer.

Worcestershire's assistant coach is delighted with the re-signing of New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner for the NatWest T20 Blast.

And he believes the acquisition of Australian all-rounder John Hastings – currently recovering from patella tendon surgery – will be a fillip for the Royal London One-Day Cup as well as the T20 Blast in addition to red ball cricket in the Specsavers County Championship.

Mason said: "To have Mitchell Santner back is terrific. He will have a lot to prove after the frustrations of last year (a broken finger).

"He is a top quality performer. He fills that vital all-rounder's role, is a gun fielder, a top quality spinner and a very good batter.

"He is a great addition plus the guys we've got in place already and. with having John Hastings around, we've got a good looking squad for T20 and white ball cricket."

Mason added: "John (Hastings) is a very uncomplicated player in red ball cricket.

"I watched him at Durham for all those seasons and he just hits the length hard and he will get plenty out of those pitches.

"He will bring a certain level of aggression and competitiveness as well and, in white ball cricket, he has played international cricket so he is class there.

"Again he will be a great addition to our squad."