Worcestershire CCC have named a 12 strong squad for the LV=Insurance County Championship encounter with Kent at Canterbury beginning on Sunday.
Paceman Charlie Morris is added to the 11 players who were on duty in the six wicket win over Sussex at New Road.
Morris captained the Seconds against Leicestershire at Stourport on Severn this week and scored his first ever century in all forms of cricket and picked up four wickets.
Head Coach Alex Coach is anticipating a tough battle against Kent but says Worcestershire will look forward to the challenge.
He said: “Kent are a very strong team. They have been for a number of years. They have obviously struggled this year, but mainly through losing players to England or injuries in the bowling department.
“Looking at their team and the way they played this week, they are back to full strength and no doubt that will be a really tough challenge for us down there.
“But we have got some clear goals for this month and that sets us off to a good start and we will go down there and look forward to taking them on.”
Gidman is full of admiration for Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens who has hit three centuries this season at the age of 45 and has signed a new contract for the 2022 season.
He said: “I played against him a lot and it’s amazing he is still going, and going at the quality he is, is great credit to him, and he is still obviously a very dangerous all-rounder.”
Worcestershire Club Captain, Joe Leach, will be looking to continue the fine form which produced nine wickets against Sussex.
Gidman said: “By Joe’s own admittance, he has been a little bit short at times this year and hasn’t quite found the rhythm as often as he would like.
“But he has worked extremely hard in the nets, as they all do, just to try and find that little something that has worked for him and he has found it and it has clicked and hopefully for him and our sake, he continues in that vein for the rest of the season.”
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