ALEX Milton hopes his recent fine form with the bat will bolster his chances of being part of the Worcestershire first team during the finale to the Specsavers County Championship Division Two season.

After scoring two hundreds for the seconds the wicketkeeper hit splendid 74 against Australia at Blackfinch New Road on Thursday.

It was the perfect way to mark Milton’s first senior outing of 2019 after he made seven Championship appearances last summer, scoring a century on his debut against Somerset at the County’s headquarters.

He batted with great composure and discipline in adding 88 with Charlie Morris (53 not out) and an unbroken 38 with Adam Finch (18 not out) for the final two wickets.

Milton said: “I didn’t start the season as well as I would have liked to (with the bat) and that was probably my downfall in terms of not playing any ‘ones’ (first team cricket).

“With that, I could understand why I haven’t been playing.

“But I’m coming into a little bit of form and I’m enjoying batting, knowing what works for me.

“I will just keep working away, knocking on the door (with performances) and see where we are.

“Whether that is with the gloves or without the gloves, I’d just be happy to play in the ‘ones.’ “This opportunity came up and I wanted to do well. I wanted to put my name in the hat for the first team again and I’m happy with how it went.

“But I’ve just got to keep working hard, keep scoring runs and, if I do that, hopefully I will get the chance again with the first team.

Milton relished the opportunity to do battle with the likes of pace duo Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

“It was nice to get that experience, see what it was like at the top level and I just enjoyed being out there, I enjoyed the experience and that partnership with Mozza,” Milton said.

“The heart was going at some points! But it was more about enjoying the opportunity and embracing what was happening out there.

“It was great to get a few against an Australian attack.”