Published: 08:50, 10 January 2013
by 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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