23rd Mar, 2019

Big-hitting Whiteley thrills skipper

Worcester Editorial 13th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

NO GROUND in the world is big enough to contain the six-hitting abilities of Ross Whiteley according to Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell.

The 25-year-old has turned his season around since smashing nine maximums during his 84 not out against his former club Derbyshire in the Natwest T20 Blast last month and continued that good form with three more in his unbeaten 45 as Worcestershire chased down 305 against Lancashire in the One-Day Cup at the weekend.

Mitchell said: “Ross had a little bit of an unfortunate start but he has played extremely well over the last month or so.

“Everyone knows what he is capable of from when he signed last year and put in some big innings in the one-day format.

“We’ve all been waiting for him to start firing again this year so it’s been exciting to see him strike the ball the way he does.

“No ground in the world is big enough when he gets going. We’ll have to put a net on top of the New Road stand to stop the ball!

“He is a fine striker of a cricket ball and that situation against Lancashire on Saturday was made for him, going into the last 10-12 overs. It was perfect for him.”

Mitchell’s side are now gearing up for a busy few days with games against Gloucestershire and Leicestershire in the One-Day Cup today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) before resuming their County Championship campaign against Gloucestershire on Friday.

“It is a busy week to be fair. It’s going to be hard work,” he added.

“We might have to try and protect the bowlers in particular at certain points. It’s seven days out of eight and particularly tough on the bowlers.

“From a batter’s point of view, if you have a low score, you have a chance of getting runs the next day so it’s not too bad for the batters.

“But the bowlers, we might have to give a couple a rest here and there but fortunately we’ve got some quality. Chris Russell is getting back to fitness as well so we will have options there.”

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