Luke Wood has declared both himself and the Nottinghamshire team happy with their two-day friendly workout at Leicestershire.

On day one, the vast majority of the batting line-up spent a decent amount of time at the crease as Notts put together a total of 394-6 at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.

And then today, with the ball, each of the visiting bowlers got valuable overs in their legs ahead of next week’s first Specsavers County Championship game of the season at Lancashire, with Leicestershire posting 349-9 in reply.

“There was no-one in the side who has not have benefited from those two days,” said Wood. “After being inside all winter and then having two games postponed after coming back from Potchefstroom, we were all pleased to get back outside.

“It was a bit colder today than yesterday, but we will happily take that to get out in the middle and bowl to batsmen in a match situation.

“It was hard work on what was a fairly slow pitch and our Head Coach (Peter Moores) has pointed out there are some things we need to tidy up.

“But overall, these two days are only going to help us going into the match at Old Trafford, getting the batsmen and bowlers used to the conditions.”

Wood bowled Mark Cosgrove to be one of five Notts bowlers to get among the wickets, having also scored 54 not out yesterday.

He added: “As a bowler these days you know that as well as getting wickets, getting runs can also help you cause in being picked for a side.

“We want to bat as low down as we can and I was pleased to set a good benchmark for myself for the rest of the season with that innings. Hopefully it might help me get in the side for Old Trafford, but we will have to wait and see.”


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