Dimi Mascarenhas believes he will be available to play regularly in the LV County Championship next season.
Mascarenhas, 33, is still feeling his way back from the Achilles tear he sustained at last year’s Indian Premier League.
But he has been an ever-present for Hampshire in the Friends Life t20 this year and starred against Durham in what was only his third LV County Championship appearance in two seasons.
After hitting a fluent first fifty in more than two years, he claimed 6 for 62 (his best return for seven years) to inspire a 50-run win after the captains agreed on a final-day run chase at Chester-le-Street.
The loss of more than two days to rain, however, meant Mascarenhas is still yet to really test his Achilles by bowling in both innings of a Championship match. But he believes he will be able to do that regularly next season.
“Another seven to nine months of rehab will get me stronger and fitter, it’s just a case of managing it as well as I can,” he said. “Just to be playing again is a great effort from me, the physio the support staff and the doctors – it was a massive operation.
“But now I’m playing again I want to play more and more. It’s so hard watching, it’s a nightmare and I don’t enjoy it. The rehab won’t stop, it’s full on, so I’m strong and fit.
“I’ve had a year-and-a-half off from full-on bowling so the body feels really good, I’m as fit as I’ve ever been. If I can get the Achilles right, I’ll be able to go on for a few more seasons.”