Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth Aims to Lead Durham's Four-Day Rebirth

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth Aims to Lead Durham's Four-Day Rebirth

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Byline: Mark Smith

CHRIS Rushworth is hoping for a chance to lead Durham's four-day renaissance as Warwickshire arrive at the Riverside today.

The 25-year-old took man-of-the-match honours in Sunday's 40-over demolition of Nottinghamshire, with a devastating spell seeing him plunder five wickets for just 31 runs from his eight overs.

The Sunderland-born seamer said: "It is always nice to get a game.

"When the ball comes out like it did on Sunday, and when it does a bit off the pitch like that, then it is a big help.

"Hopefully it is a nudge to the management to say that I am fit, bowling well and ready for a chance with the red ball."

Graham Onions' call-up to the England squad for their third test against the West Indies at Edgbaston means a vacancy in the Durham attack, and Rushworth has been confirmed in the 12-man squad named by head coach Geoff Cook.

Foremost in their minds will be arresting the alarming slump which sees them propping up Division One of the LV County Championship, having failed to win a single one of their seven games.

"We have seen wickets this year which have all been bowler-friendly, and to get a five-for in a one-day game is hopefully just a little reminder that I am here and ready to go for the Championship games," said Rushworth, whose seam movement from the Finchale end had Notts' top order in all sorts of trouble.

"It didn't really swing early on - it was more just movement off the pitch and a case of seam rather than swing. I just tried to hit the pitch as hard as I could, and let that do the work for me. Luckily enough it worked, I kept a tight line and it came out well.

"Hopefully that performance can have an effect on the four-day form, but as long as I keep bowling well then the main thing in my mind is that I am here and I am raring to go."

Despite being mainly deployed in the abbreviated form of the game, Rushworth admits he has designs on getting the cherry in his hand over four days.

"I prefer to bowl with the red ball, to be honest, because it does swing a lot more," he said. "Maybe the one-day stuff suits my type of bowling with the tight line you need to maintain, and it is more of a patience game. …

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