Worcestershire 2017 overseas player John Hastings will link up with his new team-mates next week.

The Australian all-rounder flies into Heathrow next Monday at the same time as Worcestershire land after their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi and will travel to New Road on the team coach.

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes says that Hastings remains on schedule to play in the first Specsavers County Championship match against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium, starting on April 14.

Hastings, who had previously played county cricket with distinction for Durham, is joining up early with his new county to continue the latter stages of his rehab programme after undergoing winter patella tendon surgery.

Rhodes said: "We arrive back at Heathrow and at the moment John will be arriving at the same sort of time so he will be coming back (to Worcester) on the team coach with us.

"It is all going well at the moment and he will finish off the later stages of his rehab with our medical team.

"We are anticipating he will be available for the first game of the season although we will not be counting our chickens before they are hatched.

"But at the moment, he is on course."

Worcestershire are continuing their technical work and strengthening and conditioning programme in Abu Dhabi today on the fifth day of their 11-day training camp.

They will be in match action tomorrow (Wednesday) against the North – whose squad includes County batsman Joe Clarke – in a 50 over game in Dubai at the ICC Academy.