Rhodes lays down the law to his Worcs players

Worcestershire’s batsmen have been warned that they will be playing for their places in the County Championship first division match against Somerset at Taunton, starting on May 4.

Worcestershire battled hard before being beaten by three wickets by defending champions Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, but director of cricket Steve Rhodes was again disappointed that two failures by the top order contributed to a third consecutive defeat.

“Our top order have got look after themselves because 50 for four in one innings and 100 for five in another, that’s not doing the jobs they are paid to do,” Rhodes said.

“It’s pretty clear that if we go into the next game and we follow a similar pattern then we will have to make changes. That will be a good opportunity for others to push for places.”

Slow left armer Shaaiq Choudhry is likely to be added to the squad for Taunton on a pitch that is expected to turn.

“We go to Taunton next week and there might be a chance of it spinning down there so Shaaiq will get involved in the 12,” Rhodes said.

Though there were encouraging signs of improvement in Worcestershire’s performance at Trent Bridge, another defeat was of no consolation to Rhodes.

“It’s three in three and that’s disappointing as we had an opportunity to win against Notts. And if you look at the games we played against Yorkshire and Warwickshire we had opportunities there as well,” Rhodes said.

“We are getting nearer but I hate losing and this is a bitter pill to swallow. It was a game to win and a difficult wicket.  Alan Richardson  and Damien Wright tried hard but unfortunately they didn’t get a lot of support with the ball. If we had bowled as a unit we would have gone close.

“We would all love to see games of cricket like that but we are here to win games not to lose them so taking part in a game like this is no consolation at all.

“There are two guys who have worked their nuts off but they didn’t get support. If we are going to win games we need to bat well all the way down from one to 11.

“We also need to bowl as a unit. Normally our economy rate is excellent but we have gone for almost 100 fours in the game and that’s too many.”

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