Saj ready for second chance
Sajid Mahmood is confident of making a successful international comeback on England's tour of South Africa.
Last Updated: 03/11/09 3:06pm
Lancashire paceman Sajid Mahmood is confident of making a successful international comeback on England's tour of South Africa.
Mahmood took 29 wickets in 25 one-day internationals before being discarded after England's disappointing performance at the 2007 World Cup.
The 27-year-old has since worked hard in county cricket to improve his consistency and has been rewarded for an impressive domestic campaign in 2009 with a place in England's T20 and one-day international squads to face the Proteas.
"I think the main reason I got dropped from the international side was consistency - a lot of up and downs," he said.
"I've now had over two years out of the (international) game, playing county cricket and away from the spotlight if you like.
"I could reflect on what I did and where I needed to be. The massive thing was consistency, so I've gone back and worked on hitting certain areas with my bowling and trying to perform a lot more consistent and just doing stuff on a regular basis.
"That's the main things I've worked on and it's sort of shown over the last couple of years that improvement.
"So hopefully I can carry on working on that and get better at it.
"I've been waiting for over two years now and to get the call-up for the tour was fantastic.
"I've been working really hard in those two years, trying to put things right and everything's worked out pretty well for Lancashire. So I'm really looking forward to getting on with it."
Meanwhile, Graeme Swann survived a minor injury scare during Tuesday's practice session after an elastic resistance band came loose and struck him on his right forearm.
After being patched up he resumed the session, going on to bowl and then bat as England prepared for their opening warm-up game against the Diamond Eagles in Bloemfontein on Friday.