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Rhodes makes call for more consistency

March 13, 2014 15:55:00 UK

Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes has called on his young side to show the glimpses of brilliance of 2013 on a more regular basis this season.

The Pears are currently on a pre-season tour in the United Arab Emirates after departing a saturated New Road. The floods that plagued the ground over the winter have now subsided, however, which means that they should be in for a dry start in April after all.

And Rhodes wants them to make best use of the improved conditions. He said: “The 2013 season was certainly an up and down season. Part of that was because we couldn’t get a lot of consistency.

“But we must take confidence from some of the victories, particularly some of the one-day victories at Hove, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.

We must take confidence from some of the victories, particularly some of the one-day victories at Hove, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.

Steve Rhodes

“Again in the Twenty20 it was up and down. If we could only string together the type of performances we put up against Somerset, a really good Twenty20 side. Beating them home and away in one year was a real achievement.

“We showed a lot of glimpses. We also beat the eventual winners in Northants. We can do it, the players know they can do it, the dressing room know they can do it. We just need to do it a little bit more consistently. That is how we are going to improve as a side.”

Worcestershire will begin the 2014 campaign without Moeen Ali, who is on international duty, and must also unearth a new attack spearhead following the retirement of veteran Alan Richardson.

Worcestershire can be backed at 34.00 to win the NatWest T20 Blast 2014 outright and at 34.00 to secure the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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