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Kent Cricket Club bowler Ashley Shaw keen to use Australian trip to prepare for Kent season after overcoming injury

10 January 2013

Ashley Shawby Craig Tucker

Kent seamer Ashley Shaw flew out to Australia on Sunday looking to put his two-year injury nightmare behind him.

The left-armer, 21, will spend two months playing club cricket for Melbourne side Mulgrave.

He’s on the comeback trail after recovering from a long-term shin-splints injury that required three operations.

Shaw (pictured), who missed the whole of Kent’s 2012 campaign, said: "The fitness work has gone well since the last operation in August.

"I wanted to go to Australia anyway but where I haven’t played for such a long time, it will be good to go out there and get some bowling done so I can hit the ground running when we start pre-season training at Kent and hopefully get a chance in the team.

"I’ll be training three or four times week with a game every Saturday so it’ll be quite intense."

Shaw took 5-118 on his County Championship debut for Kent against Derbyshire in 2011 but was soon plagued by shin-splints in both legs.

He added: "You feel like you’re letting everyone down when you’re out injured – the coaches, the players and all the staff – but they’ve all stood by me. It’s been a frustrating time.

"But I can feel the difference after the operations and I know my body is up to playing cricket."

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