Worcestershire are happy for Jack Shantry is to play grade cricket in Melbourne this winter after the heavy workload of the left armer this summer.

Shantry was a virtual ever present in all competitions apart from being rested for a couple of games in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

He bowled nearly 500 overs in the LV = County Championship promotion campaign and picked up 56 wickets as well as scoring his maiden first class century against Surrey.

But bowling coach Matt Mason is content for Shantry to "keep ticking over" Down Under.

He said: "Shants defied all logic. He has played every year now, back to back, hasn't missed a game through injury.

"It is testimony to his fitness and his commitment to his job, that he has done the job he has this year.

"Now he is going to play grade cricket in Melbourne and I don't have a problem with him doing it because he is one of these bowlers who needs to keep ticking over.

"I think with Shants, if he stopped, it might be when he starts picking up niggles.

"So we are happy he can work his workloads over there really comfortably. He knows his game inside out. It is not like he has to do any remedial work here during the winter.

"Jack has done his pre-seasons over here and at his age, what more can he do in a winter.

"He might as well go over there, have some good time off, relax, get himself in the right frame of mind to start another big campaign next year in the top flight."