Ottis Gibson will play through the pain for the final three months of Durham's season, starting with tonight's Twenty20 Cup clash at home to Yorkshire.
The West Indian missed Durham's opening three games in the competition with a fractured left wrist and damaged ligaments. But after consulting specialists the 37-year-old has decided he would rather play on with injections than have an operation which would leave his season as good as over.
Surgery would put Gibson out for two months so having already carried the problem for four weeks, the former West Indian international has decided to play on.
Durham skipper Dale Benkenstein said: "Whenever the operation is he's going to have pain until then and he's decided he'd rather play, which is great for us.
"He's not going to damage it any further, which is the important thing. For him it's more of a mental thing; he knows he's going to suffer some pain so he's ready to go through it.
"Having Ottis available gives us another option. He can bowl the new ball and can also hit the ball out of the park, which is very useful in Twenty20."
Gibson is the only member of Durham's squad to have won the four-season-old competition and if he returns against Yorkshire, probably at the expense of Neil Killeen, it will go some way to dispelling the theory that Durham do not take the shortest form of the game seriously enough.
After finally getting their first Twenty20 win of 2006, against Lancashire at Chester-le-Street on Friday, Benkenstein believes his team is finding its feet.
"I think we're starting to get to grips with everything," he said.
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