Van Buuren close to full fitness
Gloucestershire all-rounder Graeme van Buuren is on course to be fit for the 2019 domestic season following a hamstring injury.
The South African has been dogged by the problem throughout the winter, but is close to full fitness as the squad prepare to fly for a pre-season trip in La Manga, Spain.
"I am not 100 per cent yet, probably about 95 per cent as I am waiting to sprint and get going fully with the running," van Buuren said. "But the strength work is up there and I am excited."
Gloucestershire finished in mid-table in Division Two last year, but despite the loss of seamers Liam Norwell and Craig Miles, have confidence that they possess the talent to challenge for the promotion places in the County Championship.
Chris Dent's team begin their season on April 13th against Derbyshire, but then switch their attention to white-ball affairs with the start of the Royal London Cup.
"Three teams go up this year so it's great motivation for us to have a good start and get the momentum going early on," Van Buuren added.
Gloucs are 20/1 to win County Championship Division Two this summer, with Worcestershire 4/1 and Glamorgan 22/1.
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