Worcestershire spinner Gareth Batty admits his championship form has been dismal after being dropped for today’s home clash with Warwickshire.

Batty played one-day cricket for England against West Indies during the winter and is part of the 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy.

But he has struggled to make an impact in the four-day game this season.

Batty said: “There can be no hiding from the fact that this has been my worst season in four-day cricket. Despite my call-up into the Champions Trophy squad, I am focusing on improving my game in the longer form.

“With both bat and ball, I have been extremely disappointed with how things have gone for myself.”

Batty’s colleague Kabir Ali is facing another month on the sidelines after having a pain-killing injection in his back. But the county are counting their blessings that the 28-year-old paceman does not need surgery after previously suffering from a stress fracture of the back.

Kabir missed two months of the campaign with a hamstring problem and has been laid low for three weeks with the back complaint and undergone two scans.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: “It is good and bad news really. Obviously we’re happy he’ll be back playing cricket again this season, but it is disappointing he’ll be out for three to four weeks.

“There will still be a lot of cricket left to play in the season when he returns, with the Pro40 competition and the rest of the County Championship. He still has a big part to play this year.”

Australian all-rounder Ashley Noffke, meanwhile, has ended his spell as the club’s overseas player and returned home to prepare for the domestic season with Western Australia.