Durham's team spirit will put Chris Rushworth to the test

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth is going a year without alcohol for charity and he admits the cricket season will be his biggest test

Stu Forster/Getty Images Durham bowler Chris Rushworth in action
Durham bowler Chris Rushworth in action

Chris Rushworth has admitted Durham’s legendary team spirit will put his charity challenge to the test.

The Journal columnist plans to go without alcohol in 2014.

“We always celebrate each other’s personal successes in the bar at the end of a day’s play,” he explained.

“When you’ve had a long day in the field it’s nice to sit down with a beer but now it will be a Lucozade!

“I’m trying to work on Woody (Mark Wood) to be my room-mate for next season because he and Benny (Usman Arshad) are the non-drinkers in the squad.

“The first couple of weeks were difficult, especially because my football team, Sunderland, were doing well but now it’s become a habit. I’m feeling healthier, stronger and fitter.”

A pie and pea supper with Micky Gray and Bobby Saxton is planned for April 10, plus an evening with Stephen Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom on May 3, the day before Durham host Yorkshire in the County Championship.

Save the Children UK and the PCA Benevolent Fund are Rushworth’s chosen charities.

“The PCA Benevolent Fund is the cricketer’s charity, and if needed they might help me in the future,” he explained. “Save the Children is a great charity and having had a little ‘un myself has opened my eyes to it.”

You can donate at tinyurl.com/pfqjx43 (for Save the Children) or tinyurl.com/o3uzzkb (PCA).

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