Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  

In love with Worcs

South African all-rounder Andrew Hall is enjoying his time in England so much he wants to return next year.

Hall began the summer playing county cricket for Worcestershire before joining up with the national side for the triangular one-day series against England and Zimbabwe.

He is not, however, part of the Test squad and is due to return to New Road after the final on 12 July.

"If Worcestershire get to go up for next season, I would like to come back and really play again.

"That would be a new experience again, to have the opportunity to play in the First Division of the County Championship," he said.

"I am on a one-year contract and I am hoping to come back for a couple more years. I'll see what happens."

Hall made 23 not out off eight balls against England on Saturday and followed that with 56 and three wickets against Zimbabwe.

"Playing in county cricket has probably helped Hally," said skipper Graeme Smith.

"He is an integral part of the squad and I am really lucky to have him here. He has really got a big heart and a never-say-die attitude."

Worcestershire's hopes of hanging onto Hall may depend on whether he can re-establish himself in the Test squad and he is keen to be seen as more than just a one-day specialist.

"I thought I had shown my form in the Test arena against Australia and Sri Lanka. I thought I'd be given another chance and a run in the side," he said.