Worcestershire’s players have been put through their paces in Abu Dhabi before the action out in the middle gets underway on Tuesday in a 50 over match versus Somerset.

The County squad have featured in three successive days of warm weather training since arriving in the UAE on Thursday.

First Team Coach Alex Gidman and the club’s coaching staff have been working closely with the 18 players who have made the trip.

A break from the schedule tomorrow (Monday) will be followed by back to back one-day games against their West Country opponents and then Essex on Wednesday.

Worcestershire last faced Somerset in 50 over cricket in a Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final at the Cooper Associates County Ground in August 2016.

Local rivals Warwickshire will provide the opponents for a third 50 over contest on Saturday before a two-day red ball contest versus Essex on March 18-19.

*Wayne Parnell’s side, Islamabad United, are through to the knockout phase of the Pakistan Super League.

Parnell – Worcestershire’s 2019-2021 signing – and his team-mates have made sure of a place in the latter stages.

The 2018 winners completed the group stages with five victories and five defeats from their 10 matches.

Parnell, who will return to Blackfinch New Road in time for the new campaign, has played in three of the group games.

*Worcestershire 2019 Vitality Blast signing, Martin Guptill, and his Auckland colleagues were frustrated by the weather on day two of the Plunket Shield clash with Canterbury.

No play was possible because of heavy rain to leave Canterbury on 143-3.