Ollie nearing return

Ollie Sale can’t wait to get back out on the field.

The 26-year-old missed the whole of the 2021 campaign following double shoulder surgery, and despite a slight recent setback, he is almost ready to get back to doing what he does best.

We spoke to him earlier today to get the very latest from his road to recovery.

“Until now my rehab has been pretty smooth sailing,” he explained. “Obviously, I missed the whole of last year and that was very frustrating. I’ve had to be relatively careful and patient with everything from rhythm to physicality, but it’s all been going really well. Unfortunately, I’ve had a mild setback recently in the form of a small pectoral tear. It’s nothing major and I should be back bowling again in about a week, but with the Vitality Blast just around the corner, the timing is pretty frustrating.

“Until this little setback I’ve been massively pleased with how things have been going. It took a bit of time to get back into things during pre-season. When you’ve been out for so long, you think that you can slot right back in from where you left off and kick on again. The reality is that it actually takes some time to feel the crease again, get your rhythm and run up back, not to mention the physicality of bowling quick again. By playing Second XI cricket over the last few weeks, that has all definitely come back to me now. I was bowling fast, swinging it nicely and feeling really positive about everything, so the timing of this is pretty frustrating. Fortunately, it’s nothing major this time and it should only be about a week. I’ve already started my bowlthroughs again, so it shouldn’t be too long. It is what it is, and we move on.”

How has Ollie coped with spending so much time away from the game that he loves?

“It’s been tough, and it’s been a massive learning curve,” he said. “I’ve had injuries in the past, but this was definitely the hardest one. Having a whole season out was a bit of a struggle and I just tried to focus on the things that I can control, like being in the gym, getting as fit as I can and taking pleasure in seeing improvements week on week. There’s a real sense of excitement in moving forward and progressing closer to bowling again after surgery. It’s very much a case of putting things into perspective really.

“When you go through something like that it gives you that extra fire to succeed. Any sportsman will tell you that sitting on the sidelines and watching is the worst thing. I’m absolutely revving to get back out there and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.”