Dimitri Mascarenhas relief at Hampshire return

Dimitri Mascarenhas
Mascarenhas has played 20 one-day internationals for England

Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas is relieved to have recovered from his Archilles injury after playing in Sunday's loss to Durham in the CB40.

The 33-year-old suffered the injury in March 2010 and was expected to be sidelined until mid-summer.

"I wasn't expecting to be playing now, so it's all a bonus," Mascarenhas told BBC Radio Solent.

"We just got to see how it goes and take it one step at a time, it's just good to be playing again."

Mascarenhas played in the second team before his return to the starting line-up and will feature in Friday's CB40 game against Northamptonshire at the Rose Bowl.

However, the England all-rounder admits that rediscovering his form will be a challenge.

"Playing in the first team is totally different to the second team," he said.

"In the second team it's a case of going through the motions, having a hit and having a bowl, standing in the field and getting my Archilles used to everything again.

"Once you get out into the first team it's not just a case having a go, it's full on.

"You play to win and that's what we get paid for and you've got to perform everytime you go out there."

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