Worcestershire CCC paceman Pat Brown is hoping to be fit for a return to action in mid May – and in time for the start of the Vitality Blast.

Brown is currently undergoing rehab work on the lower back stress fracture which ruled him out of the Big Bash League with Melbourne Stars and then England’s white ball leg of their tour of South Africa.

The 21-year-old, who made his England breakthrough when playing in four T20Is in New Zealand in November, is keen to play more red ball cricket.

But his immediate goal is to be ready for the 2020 Blast – a competition in which he has excelled for the Rapids during the past two years in helping them win the competition in 2018 and finish runners-up in 2019.

Brown, who this week signed a contract extension at Blackfinch New Road until 2023, said: “How is the rehab work going? “It is going along fine. I see the lads at Malvern College and you see the other boys running in and bowling and enjoying training.

“The key is to use it as motivation because I want to be back doing that sort of thing as soon as I can.

“I’ve got the scan on March 12 which, fingers crossed, will show the fracture is healed and closed.

“From there, it is just a case of getting back to bowling drills and running and hopefully being fit for mid-May.

“That would give me a decent two to three weeks run-up to the Blast which is obviously my main focus for coming back to the first team in competitive action.”

Read a full interview with Pat Brown about his winter exploits and his ambitions for the future on the Worcestershire CCC website during the next few days.