Sharp hails Magoffin impact

11 May 2018 10:43:42 EST

Worcestershire coach Kevin Sharp has praised the influence of veteran Australian seamer Steve Magoffin on his team's young bowling attack.

Magoffin, who returned to the club from Sussex over the winter, returned to action against reigning champions Essex on Friday after missing the drawn match with Surrey last week through an injury niggle.

Mags is a top man, an experienced pro, very sound, very solid, who contributes both on and off the field, and has got good knowledge,

Kevin Sharp

The 38-year-old began the latest Division One encounter at New Road 13 wickets shy of 600 in his first-class career.

They have come at a miserly average of 23.34 runs apiece - highlighting the quality the Queenslander possesses.

"Mags is a top man, an experienced pro, very sound, very solid, who contributes both on and off the field, and has got good knowledge," Sharp said.

"He is just great to have around and we've got lots of young seamers at the club who come to him for advice.

"Because of the weather last week, we weren't able to get the overs into Mags that we needed to get into him to prove his fitness and it was always going to be too much of a gamble to go into a four-day game at The Oval like that, not fully 100 per cent sure.

"It was precautionary though and our bowling options give us a selection issue which is nice to have."

Newly-promoted Worcestershire are yet to win a match since their return to the top flight.

They are 500/1 to win the title, while Nottinghamshire are available at 11/1 and Somerset are priced at 6/1.

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