Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Taylor to build up match fitness ahead of Vitality Blast

Worcestershire Head Coach, Alan Richardson, says he is hoping new signing Tom Taylor “will be in a really good place” with his fitness for the beginning of the Vitality Blast campaign at the end of this month.

Taylor made his comeback after shoulder and knee injuries for the Seconds in a T20 friendly against Oxford UCCE at Stourport-on-Severn when he bowled his maximum quota of four overs.

Richardson said Taylor will make further appearances in the Seconds ECB T20 campaign ahead of the Blast.

He said: “Primarily being fit for the Blast if all goes to plan is I think what we have to look at with Tommy.

“There are no opportunities now for him to be able to play red ball cricket (with the Seconds) and we want guys to have the capacity to be able to bowl 30-40 overs if they are going to play red ball cricket for us.

“He’s not quite there yet and that’s understandable. There is no need to rush him back, as much as we would love to have him in the team.

“Any team he is in, he makes them stronger. He can an impact with bat, ball and in the field.”

Richardson added: “It was brilliant he fielded as a sub at Canterbury and made a diving stop on the boundary which gave him a huge amount of confidence.

“He has been great, has trained really well and is now going to take part in these T20 days for the Seconds.

“We’ve got some next week and hopefully he will be in a really good place when we start our Blast campaign and we will build him up through that and then he can start playing Championship cricket for us as well.”