Owais Shah: Hampshire batsman happy to only play T20 matches

Owais Shah
Shah joined Hampshire on a match-to-match deal in May 2014

Hampshire and former England batsman Owais Shah has said he is happy with only playing Twenty20 matches.

The 36-year-old top-scored for Hampshire with 56 runs as they beat his former county Middlesex to go second in their T20 Blast group on Thursday.

Shah has only played the 20-over format since retiring from four-day cricket.

"I'm glad I don't have to play cricket every day of the week any more. I'm loving my life at the moment," Shah told BBC Radio Solent.

"I play once or twice a week and play a bit of club cricket on a weekend. On a personal note I quite enjoy it."

Hampshire have won three of their four games in the competition and go to Somerset on Friday night.

Shah had expressed an interest in playing one-day cricket for the county but instead is focusing on retaining his T20 place.

"Fingers crossed I will. You can't take for granted that you're going to play every game," he added.

"I just want to contribute to every game and be as consistent as I can. As long as I'm doing that I'm pretty happy playing cricket."

The Pakistan-born batsman played six Test matches for England and 17 T20 internationals.

His haul against Middlesex was his highest of the campaign.

"I'm glad that I finally struck a few balls in the middle, got some sixes and got my own campaign going," he added.

"I'd always been a Middlesex player so it was very nice to get some runs against my old county."