Worcestershire will have an ‘extra’ player in their squad following Chris Whelan’s recovery from an ankle injury.
The former Middlesex seamer was a frustrated figure for most of last season as he played just one match in Worcestershire’s promotion-winning campaign in the County Championship and just twice in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
But the 24-year-old from Liverpool has now overcome his injury problems and has resumed bowling in the indoor nets.
“It will be like having a new player in the squad now Chris is fit,” said Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes. “We are still making sure that his training is slightly different, but to see him bowling again is fantastic.
“The challenge is to make sure that he is going to be right for the start of the new season, but with some hard work it’ll be great to have him back.”
Having secured the services of all-rounder Gareth Andrew, despite strong interest from Sussex, Rhodes will have a little more depth to his squad than last season.
Worcestershire, meanwhile, remain confident of securing the services of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as their overseas player for a second season.
International commitments are likely to restrict Shakib to two stints with Worcestershire, from mid-May to mid-July and then through September.
Bangladesh host Australia for a Test series in May followed by one-day internationals and they are scheduled to tour Zimbabwe from late July.