Friday, July 15th, 2016

Rhodes Would Welcome Henry Return After Praising Kiwi’s Contribution

Rhodes Would Welcome Henry Return After Praising Kiwi’s Contribution

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes has praised the contribution of paceman Matt Henry – and would happily welcome back the New Zealander for a further spell at some stage in the future.

Henry is set to make the final appearance of his current period at New Road in tonight's home sold out clash with Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast (5.30pm start).

The 24-year-old has taken 27 wickets in six Specsavers County Championship appearances and this week his match figures of 8-88 from 31 overs played a key role in the 311 run win at Northamptonshire.

Henry has also made several important contributions with the bat in red and white ball cricket.

Rhodes said: "He's bowled well and he hasn't had a lot of reward so to see him get his reward at Northampton was very satisfying for him.

"He really clicked with his rhythm and swung the ball nicely.

"Maybe for him going away with the New Zealand team and readying himself for a Test series, it has put him in a good spot mentally as well as how he feels about his bowling and form-wise.

"We shouldn't forget Matt Henry's batting this year. This guys is averaging 45 in first class cricket and played some important knocks as well in the white ball format.

"He is a very good all-round cricketer but he is also a tremendous bloke and he has fitted in so well in our dressing room.

"We really do wish him well in his time with New Zealand and it's great to know another player will be leaving Worcester very happy and proud of the dressing room and the characters we've got around and I know he has enjoyed his stay here."

Rhodes added: "Would I like to see him back one day? Yes, he is definitely the type of cricketer that appeals to us because he is whole-hearted, he tries hard, he's a talented bowler and we all know he can strike a cricket ball as well.

"He is definitely the type of cricketer that at some stage in the future we would definitely love to have back."