Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Rhodes Hoping For Middle And Lower Order To Bat For Three Sessions

Rhodes Hoping For Middle And Lower Order To Bat For Three Sessions

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes is looking for his middle and lower order batsmen to offer prolonged resistance on the final day of the LV = County Championship clash with Sussex at New Road.

The County will resume in their second innings on 59-3 – needing to reach 300 to make Sussex bat again after being on the end of a career best 226 not out from Luke Wright.

Rhodes said: "There is a lot to play for and we've got some good players in the tent and they are very capable.

"We need a couple of them to have a very good partnership and make sure we bat three sessions and if we get a bit of help from the weather then great.

"That will be our task, to try and bat as long as we can, but it was a very tough day today."

Rhodes added: "I thought Sussex were outstanding and we were totally outplayed with bat, ball and in the field, a couple of good catches from Chris Jordan, who we all know what he can do at slip.

"The reason Jordan and Wright are internationals and ex international players is because they are good cricketers and at times it can be tough when they want to turn it on.

"Chris Jordan did with the ball in the first innings and the catches just now and Luke Wright was very special. It was a very good innings and thoroughly deserved.

"It was the second double century against us in consecutive matches and both of those players, James Hildreth from Somerset and Luke Wright from Sussex, they are quality cricketers."

Worcestershire sent in their number eleven batsman Charlie Morris as nightwatchman with 18 overs remaining.

Rhodes said: "It was a tactic we felt it was the right thing to do. It was very dark. The spinners were on. It was getting darker. We felt we would probably only have to bat four, five, six overs which is the equivalent of sending a nightwatchman in anyway.

"We were quite surprised we stayed out there for that period of time because it's not just danger although that is the wording. It needs to be dangerous.

"I could face a spinner and it could be pitch black and it wouldn't be dangerous would it. It is not going to kill me.

"When the batsmen can't read the hand properly or the revolutions on the ball because a lot of batsmen pick the seam, as in looking for the seam and recognising which way it is turning, those are things we were finding very difficult.

"So we were surprised we batted and played on as long as we did."