Mahmood eyes happy return
Bowler looking for home wins in both Liverpool and Old Trafford
Last Updated: 04/04/12 9:38am
Sajid Mahmood: Looking for wins when Lancashire return to Old Trafford
Sajid Mahmood hopes Lancashire can take their title-winning form back to Old Trafford this season.
The Red Rose county ended a 77-year wait for an outright title in the first-class game when they lifted the LV= County Championship last season with a thrilling final-day run chase to beat Somerset.
With their Manchester base out of action for most of the season due to renovation work, which included the square being turned through 90 degrees, Peter Moores' side were forced to relocate all of the venue's scheduled fixtures to the bowler-friendly Aigburth ground.
The Merseyside venue will still host a significant share of Lancashire's fixtures this season and Mahmood hopes the county can find form at both grounds.
"Hopefully we can carry on winning games at Liverpool and hopefully when we get the chance to play at Old Trafford we can do the same."
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The former England paceman said: "Playing at Liverpool was fantastic, we knew there was going to be a result every time we played there and it makes you play some good aggressive cricket.
"Hopefully we can carry on winning games at Liverpool and hopefully when we get the chance to play at Old Trafford we can do the same.
"We don't know what the wicket's going to do yet. We played some one-day cricket and it was a little bit slow and low but red-ball cricket could be a little bit different."
Head coach Moores has confidence in the new surface, saying: "We're looking forward to getting back here and seeing how the wickets play.
"Re-laid pitches are normally good pitches now, the technology's changed and they've got a bit more pace in them so hopefully they're good, exciting pitches to play on."
Looking ahead, South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince has been recruited for a third overseas spell in the north-west and will be expected to provide solidity in the top order, particularly following the retirement of former captain Mark Chilton at the end of last season.
Mahmood added: "He's a big bonus for us, he's a good tough player and when things get tough you need mentally strong players.
"He's a great lad to have around the dressing room, he plays some aggressive cricket so it's a good bonus for us."
Preparations so far have been encouraging, with an impressive win over an MCC XI in the pre-season champion county match in Abu Dhabi.
"We beat the MCC in two-and-a-half days and also played some Twenty20 cricket, which we really hadn't practised much, and got to the final of that as well," Mahmood said.
"They're pretty decent signs so far - hopefully we can carry that on into the season."