Calum aims to get back to the top

Calum MacLeod
Calum MacLeod

Uddingston all-rounder Calum MacLeod admits it is a ‘massive opportunity’ as he aims to return to first-class cricket with Durham.

Three years after being released by Warwickshire, his performances in helping Scotland qualify for the 2015 World Cup caught the eye of the reigning County Champions.

Now as he prepares for a second crack at the English game during a month-long trial, MacLeod is determined to impress at Chester-le-Street.

He said: “It’s good to be down here and I’m just excited to start training and start playing.

“I have been given a month to showcase my skills and let the county see what I can do.

“It’s a massive opportunity, especially at a club like Durham who are the County Champions and hopefully I’ll have the chance to get out there and excel.”

MacLeod believes he may have to thank Durham captain and sometime Scotland coach Paul Collingwood for his chance.

He said: “I was lucky enough to work with Paul Collingwood over the winter as he was with Scotland for two tours.

“I was able to train closely with him and I’m sure he was subsequently away in the background somewhere setting this up.

“As a couch and a leader I was really impressed by the way he went about his business and the advice and knowledge he was able to impart in such a small period of time, which hopefully I can tap into during this month.

“I’ve gained confidence from having a good winter and want to continue that form and bring it into the early part of the season.”

MacLeod wasn’t involved in Durham’s season opener with Northamptonshire, but will be introduced into the squad through the second XI.

His arrival and that of Australian John Hastings suggest that Durham are keen to add titles in the short forms of the game to the County Championship.

However, MacLeod doesn’t just want to be a limited overs cricketer and aims to play a part in retaining the LV= trophy.

He said: “I’m quite an aggressive top order batter, that’s the way I’ve been going about it for Scotland and proved relatively successful this winter, so I see no reason to change that.

“However, I want to progress in all forms of the game, while over the winter with Scotland I may have been more successful over the shorter forms, it’s not to say I won’t try my hardest to succeed in all three formats.”

MacLeod isn’t the first Uddingston player to catch the eye of Durham with teenager fast-bowler Gavin Main currently part of their academy squad.