There was a heartening sight for Worcestershire Rapids supporters this morning with Brett D’Oliveira bowling out in the middle at Blackfinch New Road.

The all-rounder was side-lined for six weeks with a broken thumb suffered in the Vitality Blast encounter with Derbyshire Falcons.

But the 27-year-old – the Rapids official white ball captain – returned to action for Ombersley in the Birmingham Premier League at the weekend and picked up two wickets.

Today he was being put through his paces by the Worcestershire coaching staff ahead of the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Gloucestershire.

D’Oliveira has played a key part in the County’s white ball success in recent seasons.

Fellow Worcestershire CCC all-rounder Wayne Parnell went through a similar routine yesterday.

The South African was back bowling after suffering a severe viral infection which kept him out of the quarter-final and the last two Championship matches.

Parnell has also been a major contributor to Worcestershire’s success and is coming to the end of his first full season at Blackfinch New Road.