Smith targets Lancashire treble

17 April 2013 10:35:06 EST

Lancashire all-rounder Tom Smith believes he and his team-mates owe it to the club to deliver on all three fronts this summer.

Smith, who missed ten weeks of the 2012 relegation season with hamstring trouble, was left out of the opening match of this summer's Division Two campaign.

The main thing we have to do is make sure we get promoted, but we want to compete in every competition.

Tom Smith

But the 27-year-old recognises that is due to the extra competition around the Red Rose squad following the re-engagement of South African batsman Ashwell Prince and the recruitment of veteran Australian Simon Katich.

Lancashire can be backed at 1/50 to win the County Championship Division Two title outright this season while Worcestershire are 1212/1 and Essex 1212/1.

"We want to compete in all three competitions. You only have to look at the facilities at Old Trafford now and you realise that this is a club that belongs in Division One," said the 2011 County Championship winner.

"That's the main thing we have to do - make sure we get promoted - but we want to compete in every competition.

"The signings we have made from other clubs will make us stronger and create competition in the squad."

It was the winter addition of Leicestershire's Wayne White that has knocked Smith down in the pecking order and he had the chance to put his name back in the frame for selection during this week's friendly with Yorkshire at Headingley.

At least that gave him the chance to get some action following the disruption of 2012.

"It's always frustrating watching even if they were winning every game but to see the lads out there with things not going our way was doubly frustrating," added Smith.

"You want to get out there, play and help out but it wasn't to be. Now I am hoping to be injury free and prove my worth."

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