Worrall played four first-class and two one-day cup matches with Division Two team Gloucestershire and proved immediately effective in English conditions.

He claimed 16 wickets at 21.75 with an economy of just 2.92 in the four-day format and also notched a maiden first-class half-century against Glamorgan at Bristol.

Injury forced an early end to the seamer’s county stint. Worrall required surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and returned to South Australia earlier this month.

Despite the setback, Worrall said the experience would hold him in good stead heading into the Australian summer.

“I learned a lot about my own game, to be honest,” he said.

“It’s a different style of play, different ball, different conditions. It was a great experience for me personally and professionally.

“It’s a valuable experience for a fast bowler to go over there and just experience a different way to play and a different way to bowl. You learn about yourself and how to bowl at different players.

“Unfortunately, it ended a bit prematurely with a stress fracture in my fifth metatarsal, which is the outside of my foot.

“For me, personally, it was a great experience although it was cut short.”

Worrall opens up on County stint, rehabilitation

Back home amongst his West End Redbacks teammates, Worrall is already progressing positively in his rehabilitation.

The 26-year-old has begun a modified strength and conditioning program and has his sights set on September’s JLT One-Day Cup.

“I was in the moon boot for a couple of weeks after receiving surgery,” he said.

“I’m out of the moon boot now, walking around and almost back to full gym and bike – plenty of bike – and just a little bit of cross training.

“Hopefully I’ll be running around and bowling again in time for the season to start.”

Spots in South Australia’s starting XI will be hotly contested next summer, particularly in the Redbacks’ bowling attack.

Worrall, Chadd Sayers, Kane Richardson, Joe Mennie and Adam Zampa are experienced and proven performers, while Nick Winter was a revelation in the second half of last summer’s JLT Sheffield Shield.

Worrall said a long line of young Redbacks were also pushing their case, potentially creating a welcome selection headache for South Australian selectors.

“And that’s what we want to see,” Worrall said.

“We’ve got Richo in the Aussie side at the moment, we’ve got Joe Mennie performing really well in English cricket – the list goes on. Chadd played a Test match, and then we’ve got youngsters like David Grant, Spencer Johnson, Cam Valente, Elliot Opie, Nick Winter.

“There’s plenty to choose from and everyone’s working hard.”

Worrall said a healthy competition for spots would only help the squad improve as a collective.

“It promotes a learning environment for all the bowlers in the squad,” he said.

“When you’ve got guys like Chadd Sayers, Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, who are Australian cricketers and have performed really well in domestic cricket for the last seven or eight years, it gives a bit more confidence to the younger guys coming in.

“When they do get in there, the team is settled and they’ve just got to go in and perform the best they can.”

South Australia opens its JLT One-Day Cup campaign against New South Wales at the WACA on Thursday, 20 September.