Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Rhodes: Extra Depth Means Players Have To Perform To Keep Places

Rhodes: Extra Depth Means Players Have To Perform To Keep Places

Steve Rhodes says Worcestershire now possess squad strength in depth which puts players under "a little bit of pressure" to perform to keep their place in the side.

Worcestershire's Director Of Cricket admits it is a "real dilemma" but also "a nice position to be in" in deciding who will miss out on a place to accommodate the returning Moeen Ali for the next three matches in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

It is a headache that Rhodes welcomes with all players contributing at different stages to an unbeaten start to the campaign in the Specsavers County Championship and One-Day Cup.

Rhodes, who has given the players three days off after their recent busy schedule, said: "We've got three big games next week and it is a pleasure to get the England player, Moeen Ali, back in our side and we are looking forward to those big challenges ahead of us.

"It's a great selection poser to have? It is a real dilemma. I am going to sit down with Joe and discuss that. "It is a nice position to be in and whoever misses out, like Jack Shantry missed out on Friday…..but whoever misses out, then it is showing we have got some strength in depth now in the squad – and it is very much a squad effort.

"Does it keeps players hungry? It keeps them on their toes because they all want to play and that is totally understandable.

"It does mean they are certainly going to be playing with a little bit of pressure on them to keep their place in the side.

"That is a nice position to be in."

The Rapids are next in action on Wednesday against Lancashire Lightning in a One-Day Cup clash at Emirates Old Trafford and then face home games with Warwickshire (Friday) and Durham Jets (Sunday).