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Mason fit and eyes comeback

Worcestershire's injury-plagued seamer Matt Mason is targeting a first-team comeback in the Twenty20 Cup.

The 34-year-old will make his third return of the season for the second XI this week at Ombersley as they face Surrey in a four-day match.

The Australian-born seamer says he no longer has any problems with his shoulder following two major operations. If he comes through that game with no ill-affects, following a troublesome groin strain, his long-awaited return to first-team action should not be far away.

Mason believes that he is now bowling as well as he was two years ago and that he has beaten all his injury woes.

"I'm really looking forward to playing with the seconds," he said. "I want to bowl a good 20 overs and then come back for the second innings.

"Should that go well then hopefully I will play some part in the Twenty20.

"Director of cricket Steve Rhodes and I have spoken and we are both really keen for me to play and the good thing is there is plenty of cricket left this season."

Mason, whose contract at New Road expires this year, made his first team return last month against Loughborough UCCE only for it to be cut short by a groin strain.

The Aussie suffered a reoccurrence of that injury three weeks later after bowling just one over with the second XI.

However, following another visit from England Lions bowling coach Kevin Shine, Mason is confident he has managed to sort that problem out.

"I was coming in too wide in my run and over-stretching," Mason said. "Kevin has got me running in properly and I feel that I'm bowling as well as I was two years ago.

"When I first picked up the groin injury against Loughborough I really didn't know how bad it was and I didn't know how to tell people.

"But when I found out that it wasn't that bad, I thought to myself that I had been through a lot worse in the past 18 months and I was confident I could overcome it.

"When it happened again it was frustrating, perhaps I came back too soon. The mind was willing, the body wasn't.

"I know I'm ready and its a case of getting back out there and doing enough to hopefully earn a new contract."

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