Andrew on the mend following winter surgery

Worcestershire have played down the significance of all-rounder Gareth Andrew’s appearance in their pre-season friendly against Glamorgan at New Road on March 26.

Andrew, who underwent major knee surgery before Christmas, is still unlikely to feature before June even though he batted and fielded against Glamorgan.

“At the moment Gareth is fit enough to bat and he’s done some fielding,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

“But, bowling-wise, he’s about where we expected him to be. The initially prediction was that he would be out until mid-season. Hopefully it will be a bit before that, but at this stage it’s difficult to predict exactly when that might be.”

Andrew, who was runner-up to his former Somerset team-mate Marcus Trescothick as the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Most Valuable Player last season, might come into contention as a specialist batsman for some of Worcestershire’s Clydesdale Bank 40 matches.

“That’s a possibility but we will wait and see how things unfold and how Gareth’s recovery goes,” Rhodes said.

Meanwhile wicketkeeper Ben Cox will play his first match since he underwent surgery during the winter on a hip injury when he appears for Worcestershire’s second team against Loughborough MCCU at Loughborough on Thursday March 29.

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