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Rushworth made his debut in county cricket for Northumberland against Suffolk in 2004 Minor Counties Championship. He played a further Minor Counties Championship match for the county against Norfolk in 2005. In 2004, he also made his debut for Durham in a List A match against Sri Lanka A. He wouldn't feature for Durham again following this match until the 2010 season, when he made his first-class debut against Yorkshire in the County Championship. He featured in further List A matches in the Clydesdale Bank 40 In the 2011 season, he made his Twenty20 debut against Warwickshire in the Friends Provident t20.
His cousin, Phil Mustard, is the current Durham wicket-keeper.