Worcestershire: Alan Richardson bowling form 'surreal'

Alan Richardson

Worcestershire bowler Alan Richardson admits that his current form feels "surreal" after taking a career-best 8-37 against Gloucestershire.

The 38-year-old has taken 20 wickets in the last week with 12 against Kent before the current match.

And he says his recent form has come as somewhat of a surprise.

"It feels a bit surreal. After about three games this season, I didn't think I would get another wicket all year," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"But at the moment I'm really positive and think they're going to nick or miss this and we have a chance.

"It's funny how it changes. My actual plan and the way I have bowled hasn't changed a great deal, but my luck has."

The former Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Middlesex bowler has proved to be a late bloomer in cricket, having being named one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year in 2012 at the age of 36.

He believes that a change in his approach to the game has improved as he has gained more experience, and this is what has led to this upturn in form.

"I was garbage in my mid-20s to be honest, I just burgled a couple of wickets at Warwickshire," added Richardson.

"It's probably the way I've approached my cricket as I've learned and got more experience which has helped and I have just been a bit more consistent."