Footitt relishing Derbyshire return

Tuesday 8th May 2018
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Written by Danny Painter

Fast bowler Mark Footitt is enjoying his return to Derbyshire on loan, and he hopes he can contribute on his return to The 3aaa County Ground this week.

The 32-year-old, who claimed 251 wickets in 64 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 2011 and 2015, is on loan from Nottinghamshire and played in the Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire last week.

After suffering an injury towards the end of last season, the quick bowler is now looking forward to getting out at The 3aaa County Ground and putting in performances for Derbyshire, starting with the visit of Durham on Friday.

Footitt said: “It’s been a long winter after having a stress fracture in my neck, so it’s worked quite nicely that I can get a couple of four-day and a few one-day matches for Derbyshire to help the team and get my rhythm back as well.

“When you bowl in the nets there are no consequences. If you bowl a bad ball you don’t know if it’s gone for four, but the pressure is on you in a game.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to playing back at The 3aaa County Ground for Derbyshire. It’s a good bowling attack with international quicks and I know Ravi [Rampaul] from my time at Surrey – he is a very good bowler.

“It takes pressure off me to be in such a strong attack, but also you want to do well for the team and for personal pride as well.

“When we get on tracks which offer a bit for the bowlers, it is definitely an attack capable of bowling sides out twice.”

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