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Barker and Westwood back for champions

Warwickshire are boosted by the return from injury of Keith Barker and Ian Westwood for the LV= County Championship Division One game with Surrey, who are without stand-in captain Gareth Batty

Left-arm seamer Barker, who took 56 wickets last year as Warwickshire won the championship crown, and left-handed batsman Westwood, pictured, who hit 771 runs in the same victorious campaign, have been missing since mid-April respectively due to intercostal muscle and ankle problems.

Their availability for the match at Guildford, one of six starting tomorrow in the championship, will offset the loss of four players - Ian Bell, Boyd Rankin, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes - to England’s one-day international squad.

Surrey, second from bottom and two places behind their opponents, have lost Batty, who was standing in as skipper for Graeme Smith, to a side injury that is expected to keep him out for four to six weeks.

They will be led by Vikram Solanki but are set to be minus Jade Dernbach, who was last week called up to England’s NatWest Series squad.

Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire are shorn of several England players for their meeting at Scarborough.

The White Rose will be without Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Joe Root while Notts are missing Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

Second-placed Yorkshire have made two changes from the squad that drew with Somerset last week, in-form batsman Alex Lees replacing Joe Sayers and Iain Wardlaw coming in for Taunton 12th man Ben Coad. Seamers Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett remain sidelined.

Notts, who sit fifth, are set to name the side that was held to a draw by Sussex yesterday. That would mean Ajmal Shahzad returning to face his former county for the first time.

Third-placed Middlesex, who play Somerset today in the Yorkshire Bank 40, will be minus England duo Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn for the contest with leaders Sussex at Lord’s.

The hosts can call on Ireland’s Tim Murtagh and Paul Stirling, who missed their last championship outing - a draw with Durham - due to international duty.

Sussex welcome back England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, while in-form seam duo Chris Jordan and Steve Magoffin will look to add to their impressive hauls of 34 wickets apiece in the championship so far this season.

Former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie is set to play for Hampshire for the first time this season when Kent visit the Ageas Bowl.

McKenzie has been resting a persistent knee niggle since helping Highveld Lions win South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 competition in early April. Among a 12-man squad he replaces Michael Roberts, who came in for George Bailey during last week’s draw with Division Two leaders Northamptonshire. Australia batsman Bailey remains on international duty.

Fifth-placed Hampshire also welcome back wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Wheater, who has overcome a side injury and replaces Michael Bates. Dimitri Mascarenhas continues to be rested for four-day cricket.

Bottom side Kent are again without skipper James Tredwell, who is with England, meaning Geraint Jones retains the captaincy.

Northants are missing injured batsman Rob Newton as they host third-placed Worcestershire at Wantage Road.

Newton sustained an ankle problem during Sunday’s YB40 win over Kent Spitfires. Rob Keogh will take his place in the middle order.

That is set to be the only change from the Hampshire draw, with Australian seamer Trent Copeland - who has taken 27 wickets in six championship appearances - leading the attack for the last time before returning home.

Chris Dent and Ed Young have been ruled out of seventh-placed Gloucestershire’s game at Bristol with six-placed Glamorgan, who have named an unchanged squad from last week’s rain-ruined draw with Leicestershire.

Dent has not recovered from the back injury he sustained while fielding in Sunday’s YB40 win over Yorkshire and Young remains under treatment for the wrist problem he suffered when struck by the ball during the championship draw versus Lancashire.

Teenage off-spinner Miles Hammond, who deputised for Young against Yorkshire, has been named in a squad of 12 and could make his championship debut.

Gareth Roderick looks set to open with Michael Klinger, who is expected to play following treatment on a groin strain, in Dent’s absence while James Fuller and David Payne are added to the squad on duty for the last four-day game.

Ian Saxelby remains an absentee with a shoulder problem, while Will Gidman is still struggling with an ankle injury and Jack Taylor is suspended pending the investigation into his bowling action.

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