Chesney Hughes says he is looking forward to returning to action this week when the squad jet off to Abu Dhabi for their pre-season tour.
The powerful all-rounder has spent the winter recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent at the close of the 2013 campaign.
The injury prevented him from bowling last season, but after five months of rehabilitation, the 23-year-old says he is now fully fit again and is looking forward to returning to action during Derbyshire’s trip to the United Arab Emirates.
“I’m really looking forward to the tour and getting back outside playing cricket,” Hughes said.
“It’s been a weird winter for me not playing cricket, but I am now fit again and ready to get back out there.
“My shoulder is feeling a lot stronger than it was before Christmas. I had a six week break back home in the Caribbean and since then I have been working really hard on my strength in my shoulder.
“Now I am back bowling and it’s back to how it used to be before the injury. There are no issues in terms of bowling and I am really delighted with how that has gone.
“I think the last time I bowled in a match was last April. I have had to breakdown my action which has been good as I have been able to iron out a few bad habits. At the same time I am learning a lot about my bowling as well as strengthening my shoulder which will hold me in good stead this summer.
“There are still a few issues with my throwing I still need to strengthen that a great deal but that will come from actually playing.
“My batting, meanwhile, has come along well. I’m hitting the ball nicely and I feel confident, so now I’m just looking forward to the tour.”
The squad, who fly out today, will spend nine-days based at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium competing in fixtures against fellow first-class county Worcestershire and international outfit New Zealand.
“I’m looking forward to getting out to Abu Dhabi,” Hughes added. “It will be a good opportunity to see where I am at with both bat and ball.
“I will be back into the bowling attack, especially in the one-day games. I will do a lot of bowling while I am out there.
“I’m also quite comfortable batting wherever. I will bat at the top of the innings in one-day cricket, but I think I will probably slide down a little in four-day cricket this year.
“But wherever I am asked to bat I am confident of doing a job and being comfortable in that position.”
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