Morris making progress

10 February 2018 13:12:42 EST

Worcestershire paceman Charlie Morris is making good progress after returning early from his spell playing grade cricket in Australia due to a side strain.

After a scan revealed a grade two strain, the 25-year-old was summoned back to New Road.

And he will start undertaking bowling drills next week with a view to playing a full part during the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi which gets under way on 8th March.

Ben Davies, Worcestershire's head of sports science, said: "Charlie picked up a bit of a side strain while he was bowling in Canberra. He got himself a scan out there and saw a physio.

"When we found out it was a grade two strain, and we thought it was going to be a slightly longer rehab, we thought it was more sensible for him to come back and get himself fit as quick as possible in order to build his bowling work-load for Abu Dhabi and take a full part with the squad out there.

"A grade two side strain is pretty common for fast bowlers. But since he's come back he's settled really quickly with his rehab so he will be starting bowling drills again next week again.

"Everything has gone pretty smoothly so far. For a grade two, you are looking at six to eight weeks without bowling, including your back to bowling drills. I reckon in Abu Dhabi he will be off his full run again."

Meanwhile, Worcestershire hope to use Australian import Travis Head in a similar way they used Moeen Ali in the past.

The club's overseas player is not viewed as a frontline off-spinner but can expect plenty of overs this summer, particularly in white-ball cricket.

Meanwhile, England are 4/5 to win the 2019 Ashes Series. Australia are 7/4 while the draw is 5/1.

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