Rhodes praises Pears flexibility

14 May 2017 04:08:15 EST

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes says flexibility in their batting order has been the key to the Rapids' one-day success this season.

The Midlands county are vying with Yorkshire to top the northern section of the Royal London Cup after some impressive 50-over performances.

We've got batters who can bat in all positions and it makes us unpredictable.

Steve Rhodes

They have won four and tied one of their six matches to date, heading into Sunday's clash with Durham.

"We try to have some flexibility in our cricket. We don't want the opposition to read what is going to happen," Rhodes said.

"We've got batters who can bat in all positions and it makes us unpredictable, so we can put batsmen in as horses for courses and the tactics worked really well in that chase (against Warwickshire).

"Whoever bowled in the last five overs before the end of that second powerplay, we were going to try and take advantage just like you do at the end of an innings."

With former Durham man John Hastings a specialist six-hitter and captain Joe Leach a more than capable pinch-hitter, Worcestershire have several options to add firepower higher up the order.

They also have England star Moeen Ali available for the final time against Durham before a pre-Champions Trophy training camp in southern Spain.

Worcs are 3/1 to win the Royal London Cup this season, with Yorkshire 7/2 and Durham 1212/1.

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