Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes says it is only a matter of time before the runs start piling again up for "immense talent" Joe Clarke.

The County's Director of Cricket is confident a "big score is around the corner" from Clarke who was Worcestershire's highest scorer in the Specsavers County Championship in 2016 with 1200 runs including five hundreds.

Clarke – who celebrates his 21st birthday today – has made several promising contributions during the current campaign with six scores between 33 and 56 in all competitions.

Rhodes, whose side take on Northamptonshire today for a Specsavers County Championship clash, said: "Joe is hitting the ball well and what is pleasing is he is one of our best batters and other people are dove-tailing around him.

"It is a matter of time. There is a big score around the corner.

"In training on Wednesday, I said to people around me it will be just like Joe to get a big score in this game at Northampton.

"He is a guy with immense talent and the runs will certainly come."

Rhodes is also confident Clarke will regain his England Lions spot if he scores the weight of runs during the up and coming fixtures.

Clarke was left out of the squad for the three one-dayers versus South Africa 'A'.

Rhodes said: "Generally most people want to play for England and the stepping stone of Lions cricket is something to nail.

"He can only nail that by getting his chance to do that. He has been left out for the next round of games (three one-dayers) but I really don't think that matters too much.

"If he gets runs over the next few weeks, he will be back in. "I know for a fact if you were to play in every Lions fixture, you'd miss three Championship games.

"There are only 14 and it's a huge chunk if you play all the Lions cricket so I would imagine the selectors will share it around a little bit to make sure the lads are still playing a reasonable amount of county cricket."