Dominic Cork says Hampshire need more bowling experience

Dominic Cork
Cork played 35 first-class matches for Hants and took 94 wickets at 27.77

Former Hampshire captain Dominic Cork believes the club could need more experience in the bowling department to achieve promotion back to Division One.

Hants will rely on Chris Wood, Danny Briggs and David Griffiths to pick up wickets alongside James Tomlinson.

The ex-England bowler told BBC Radio Solent: "I worry that someone in that unit needs to be that senior player.

"I do think though that they've got the right players and the right manager [Giles White]," Cork added.

"And they've got the right atmosphere at the club to go straight back up."

Cork spent the last season-and-a-half as skipper of Hampshire, and picked up 94 wickets and 987 runs in his 35 first-class matches for the side.

But the pace bowler did not feature in the last three Championship matches of the last campaign, due to what the club described as "being rested".

The 40-year-old then announced his retirement at the end of the season, while Hants, who were relegated, will play in the Second Division of the County Championship next season for the first time since 2004.

"I lost my father this year and he was my biggest role model in the game." Cork explained.

"It's difficult when someone inspires you and then you lose them. It knocks you for six.

"There were offers from other counties but I'm not getting any younger, and it's time to start a new chapter in my life."