Brett D’Oliveira praised the application shown by the Worcestershire batsmen on a used pitch on day one of the Specsavers County Championship clash with Gloucestershire at New Road.

Opener D’Oliveira celebrated the announcement of his new contract with the County by top-scoring with 93 as Worcestershire totalled an impressive 338-7 after electing to bat.

But there were important contributions all down the order from Tom Fell, Joe Clarke, George Rhodes, debutant Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Cox and Ed Barnard.

Cox will resume tomorrow on 56 not out.

D’Oliveira said: “It was a very good day on a tough, slow wicket I thought. We applied ourselves very well as a batting order and it is key we kick on and push on tomorrow and score big.

“It was spinning a little bit to be honest on day one but it was really slow and low so it made it really hard to score to be honest.

“Tom Smith did spin it quite nicely, he varied his pace quite well but we have just got to apply ourselves tomorrow, go big and then look to bowl them out.

“It might swing a bit more tomorrow if there is a bit of cloud cover and then hopefully Ashwin will come into the game and we can spin them out

“He showed his class with the bat today. He has scored Test hundreds and anyone who has done that is a very good player.”

On his own dismissal, D’Oliveira said: “I was disappointed to get out but I thought it was a pretty good ball and I nicked a good ball so fair play to the bowler.”