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Moody backing Magoffin

Former Worcestershire man backing club's new Aussie bowler.

Former Worcestershire coach Tom Moody says new signing Steve Magoffin will make a big impact with the Pears this season.

Moody played for and was director of cricket at New Road, and believes Australian paceman Magoffin will thrive as the county's overseas player.

The former Sri Lanka coach and Australian Test batsman knows the 28-year-old well as his current coach at Western Warriors, and says the early-season wickets will suit Magoffin down to the ground.

"Steve has had a couple of good seasons with the Warriors, has taken a fair number of wickets in the Pura Cup this winter, and he will do well in England," said Moody.

"He is a hit-the-deck type of bowler, a seam bowler and, with the movement early season in England, he will be a handful.

"He will enjoy bowling in the April-May time of the season."

Magoffin has taken 29 wickets in the Pura Cup for the Warriors this season at an average of 23.31 runs apiece, and will join the Pears in early April in time for the opening County Championship match with Warwickshire.

Magoffin will depart New Road on June 9 when West Indies paceman Fidel Edwards will come in as his overseas replacement for the second half of the campaign.

Flood plan

Worcestershire hope to play a lot more cricket than last year and have taken a big step in avoiding so many wash-outs should New Road once again be flooded.

The terrible floods of 2007 wiped out a huge chunk of the season for Worcestershire as their New Road ground was unplayable after June and July floods.

Worcestershire have now reached an agreement with Kidderminster Cricket Club to play matches there if there is a repeat this season.

Worcestershire played two county matches and several one-dayers at Kidderminster last year and they will invest £50,000 in the facilities over the next five years as part of their new agreement.