Worcestershire have confirmed that honeymooning Phil Jaques will miss the first month of the new cricket season.

The Australian opening batsman has now officially been called up for his country's forthcoming two-Test series in Bangladesh later this month.

But it was a call-up that he had been half-expecting, which had already persuaded him to postpone his wedding.

And now, instead of taking part in Worcestershire's first two County Championship matches of the season, as well as four C&G Trophy games, he will be on a ten-day honeymoon with his new bride.

"The club have been in discussions with Phil throughout this process," said Worcestershire's chief executive Mark Newton. "We understand and are happy with the situation."

As expected, Jaques will arrive on May 16 in time for his first game against Surrey at The Brit Oval the following day.

Jaques will be part of a Worcestershire batting lineup brimming with runs this summer - if pre-season form is anything to go by.

Veteran Graeme Hick, widely expected to bat at five this season, warmed up in style again with 67 in yesterday's friendly against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl, his second half century in three days.

England 'A' wicket keeper Steven Davies lent support with 61 as Worcestershire made an impressive 271 for four from their 50 overs.

It proved insufficient, however, as Greg Lamb made 111 and Hampshire completed a two-wicket victory with a couple of over to spare.