Mahmood relishing LV return
Mahmood relishing LV return

Sajid Mahmood and Farveez Maharoof return to Lancashire's LV= County Championship line-up for the game against Notts starting today

Above: Sajid Mahmod celebrates the capture of Varun Chopra's wicket in the t20 match at Edgbaston on Sunday (Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

Squad: Brown, Chilton (capt), Croft, Cross (wkt), Hogg, Horton, Keedy, Maharoof, Mahmood, Moore, Newby, Procter, Smith.  

As Twenty20 cricket briefly makes way for County Championship cricket, Sajid Mahmood says he is confident his body will stand up to a sterner test against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, starting today.

The 29 year-old pace ace has just returned from three weeks on the sidelines with a hip flexor injury, missing the county's start to the Friends Life t20 North Division campaign.

He featured in Friday night for the defeat at Headingley, notching encouraging figures of 1-20 from his four overs before starring in Sunday's win against Warwickshire at Edgbaston with 3-13 from 3.2 overs as the hosts were bowled out for just 109.

"It was good to be back on the park and doing well for Lancs. I really enjoyed it," said the Boltonian. "I've been chomping at the bit since I've been injured.

"The hip's all good. I felt it a little bit, but I think it's about getting to used to playing and getting overs under my belt. I feel fit enough to play. I've got quite a few overs under my belt over the last week, and the body feels pretty good.

"The four-day game will be a pretty decent test as to where I'm at. Hopefully I can put the ball in the right areas, pick some wickets up and put us in a good position."

Mahmood was the pick of the Lightning bowlers at Headingley, but was usurped by Stephen Parry's four-for at Edgbaston.

"You want to hit the ground running again after being injured. To come into the Twenty20s again and do well is a massive confidence booster," he commented.

Both sides tasted defeat last time out in the four-day arena. But, while Lancashire's reverse against Durham at the Emirates was only their first of the campaign, Nottinghamshire will be desperate to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Trent Bridge is notoriously helpful for seam and swing bowlers, and Mahmood added: "Hopefully it's not too sunny. When it is there it's generally pretty flat. We could do with it being overcast, have a bowl and get some poles."

Sajid Mahmood was talking to Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport
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