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Moore to mull over Worcs future

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore hit a century for England Lions against Australia in July

Worcestershire batsman Stephen Moore says he will wait until the end of the season before deciding his future.

Moore has a clause in his contract allowing him to quit New Road following Worcestershire's relegation in the County Championship.

He told BBC Hereford and Worcester: "I am a Worcester player, my heart is here at Worcester but I have to take a step back at the end of the season.

"If I do have to move it will be with a heavy heart."

South Africa-born Moore, 28, joined the New Road staff in 2003 after graduating from Exeter University.

He had also played Second XI cricket for Surrey and Sussex before getting the chance to do the same for Worcestershire.

But he has proved a consistent performer, three times getting his 1,000 runs, in 2004, 2005 and again in 2008, when he caught the eye of the England selectors by making 1,451 runs at 55.80.

"I have spent my whole career here," said Moore. "This is a fantastic place, and the supporters are great. They have always been warm to me."

Worcestershire's third relegation in five seasons to the second tier of the Championship was confirmed when they failed to pick up any batting bonus points during the current clash with Hampshire.

But with the Pro40 Division One title still up for grabs, the England Lions opener said he would be giving everything for the county during the closing weeks of the season.

"We have two massive one-day games and I would love to put a trophy in the cabinet for the supporters," he said.

"After that I have to think about how I will become a better cricketer.

"There are quite a few variables to throw into the equation.

"Every season I want to get better, and this season has not been one of those."

Moore, who has made just 667 runs in 12 County Championship matches this summer at an average of 27.79, says his form and that of his fellow batsmen has been one of the major causes of the county's struggles in four-day cricket.

"I worked hard in the winter and have shown glimpses of being a better player," he said.

"But to be a great cricketer you have to be consistent. And myself and a lot of others in the changing room have not done that.

"But it is just a game. Sometimes you forget that when things are going badly."



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