Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter has described the pelvic injury that has ruled him out of the first six weeks of the season as “like a time bomb going off”.
The 36-year-old broke down in the nets at Edgbaston last week and has returned to his native Cape Town to rest and recuperate. Carter has a stress reaction in his pelvis which may have turned into a full stress fracture had he attempted to continue bowling.
He has targeted a return to action in the Clydesdale Bank 40 in May in the hope that he will be fully fit for the start of the Friends Provident t20 in early June.
“It was a time bomb that went off,” Carter said. “I had a bit of aggravation towards the end of last season but that was more in my groin.
“I missed the final County Championship match of last season against Hampshire and I managed to get through the CB40 final against Somerset. It flared up again when I was playing T20 cricket in Zimbabwe during the winter but then it seemed to settle down.
“I did quite a bit of mountain biking back in Cape Town but because that’s not an impact exercise I didn’t feel anything. With hindsight maybe I should have had two months complete rest to let it settle down before I started exercise again.
“I started bowling again about three weeks before I came back to England and I felt discomfort again after I had bowled 16 or 17 overs in a two-day period at Edgbaston.”
Last season was Carter’s best since he joined Warwickshire from Boland ten years ago as he took 51 Championship wickets, regularly dug them out of trouble with the bat and was similarly consistent in limited-overs cricket.
The injury is a set-back but Carter knows that it could have been much worse. “I will start swimming next week and building up my fitness again,” he said.
“I decided to come back to South Africa for a couple of weeks while Warwickshire are away in Barbados. I’ll come back to England at the end of the month and go back to see the specialist to see how the injury has settled down.
“I’ve written off the whole of April but there are a couple of CB40 matches in May which I’m looking at as possible comeback matches.”