Tongue thanks New Road staff

14 September 2017 02:56:00 GMTPlus10

Worcestershire seamer Josh Tongue has praised the club's fitness staff as he nears a 50-wicket County Championship season.

Tongue has played all 13 of the promotion-chasing Pears' Division Two matches and took his wicket tally in the competition to 43 with two more in the first innings of Leicestershire's visit to New Road.

And Ben Davies, head of medicine and science, and Ross Dewar, the strengthening and conditioning coach, have been integral to getting the 19-year-old on the park with such regularity according to Tongue himself.

"I feel good, fitness-wise I feel really good, bowling-wise I've been bowling very nicely," Tongue said.

"Taking the new ball now John Hastings has gone, there is a bit more responsibility on myself. I do enjoy the new ball, you get more rewards with it nipping around and a bit of swing.

"Credit to Ben Davies and Ross Dewar for keeping me out on the park really after my back operation last year.

"I owe them a lot of thanks. I've played all the Championship games now, so I'm really enjoying it."

Although club captain Joe Leach remains the most prolific bowler, Tongue is neck and neck with Ed Barnard for second place.

 "Is 50 wickets a possibility? It would be a really good achievement especially in my first season," Tongue said. "At the start of the season, the aim was first of all to stay fit and then hopefully the wickets would come."

Meanwhile, hosts England are 4.50 to win the 2019 World Cup, with India priced at 5.50 and Pakistan available at 11.00.

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