Caddick back in action

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 17 June 2010

Somerset's Andy Caddick, who missed out on much of last season through injury, is back bowling at the County Ground.

Somerset's Andy Caddick, who missed out on much of last season through injury, is back bowling at the County Ground, for the first time since September last year.'Caddy', who celebrated his 40th birthday in November, played a major part in helping the Cidermen to return to the top division of the county championship but, having got the team back in to the top flight for the first time in six years, he was injured in the opening match of the 2008 season and failed to recapture his form until the last match of the campaign.Since then the veteran of 62 Tests has been following his usual winter training programme, which this closed season has included playing beach cricket for the England Legends team against the West Indies Legends as part of the Stanford Series, but he has not attempted to bowl at any pace.For the last two weeks Caddick, who has been awarded a testimonial by Somerset in 2009, has been back bowling indoors at the Centre of Excellence at the County Ground.The Somerset veteran said: "Things seem to be going well and I am pleased with the way that things are progressing for me"He went on: "I have not suffered any after effects which is good news. I shall carrying on bowling indoors for the next few days, before going out to Dubai on January 14, where I will be playing in two charity games for the Lords Taverners."Caddy added: "Out in Dubai hopefully the weather will be much warmer, and I will get the chance to not only practice but also bowl in a match situation outside on grass, which is something I am really looking forward to."The late announcement of the 2009 domestic cricket fixtures has meant that the dates of any events for Caddick's testimonial have not been finalised, but these are expected to be made public by the end of January. A special Andy Caddick Testimonial tie is also expected to be available at the same time, in addition to which a souvenir brochure will also be published, covering some of the highlights of the 'big man's' career.

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