Lancashire paceman Saqib Mahmood units sights on England return

Saqib Mahmood is focusing on a return to the England aspect earlier than the beginning of subsequent summer time.

The Lancashire paceman has been sidelined since struggling a stress fracture of the again in May.

The harm curtailed the 25-year-old simply after he had damaged into the England Test aspect, having received his first two caps in opposition to the West Indies within the Caribbean in March.

Mahmood has represented England in all codecs (Adrian Dennis/PA)

Mahmood, who has been working at a training camp within the United Arab Emirates in latest weeks, informed LancsTV: “It’s a case of being just a little affected person.

“I believe I’m at an depth now the place I’m bowling at batters within the nets and I’m clearly ramping it up, however I’m nonetheless just a little bit away from match depth, so I’ve simply bought to ensure I consolidate over this subsequent couple of months.

“Hopefully, from then on, I’ll see what’s out there, and try to see if I can get myself again in an England shirt earlier than the beginning of the summer time.

“If that doesn’t occur then then full focus onto Lancashire and clearly increase in direction of red-ball cricket at first of the season.”

Mahmood, who has additionally appeared in seven one-day internationals and 12 T20 internationals, admits the lengthy highway to restoration has been tough.

He mentioned: “Mentally it’s exhausting. I believe whenever you’re by yourself it’s straightforward to have numerous detrimental ideas and numerous doubts, and in a case of an harm like this you might be by yourself quite a bit. That’s the truth of it.

“But being again out right here, being amongst folks, coaching round guys – you simply really feel prefer it’s again to again to normality once more, virtually.”



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