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Brooks back for Yorkshire

A rejuvenated Jack Brooks returns to Yorkshire’s squad for their LV= County Championship encounter with defending champions Durham at Headingley from tomorrow.

The former Northamptonshire seamer was given a week off from NatWest T20 Blast action in order to recuperate for the White Rose’s final six four-day matches of 2014.

Brooks is the joint-top wicket-taker in Division One, sitting alongside Lancashire all-rounder Tom Smith with 42 scalps in 10 matches.

Tim Bresnan, rested for the Tykes’ last championship match against Warwickshire, is restored to a 12-man group that also includes Adil Rashid.

The leg-spinner is back after missing the Edgbaston clash due to paternity leave, meaning youngster Karl Karver misses out.

However, Yorkshire are still without England trio Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett.

The White Rose, eight points off leaders Nottinghamshire with this their game in hand, will be hoping to take advantage of Mick Newell’s side’s defeat to Warwickshire last week.

Opener Alex Lees told the club's official website: “We’re looking to put on a good performance this week and keep playing the type of positive cricket we have been doing.

"We’ve played some good cricket in the championship this season and have been playing a good brand of cricket and we want that to continue right until the end of the season.”

Yorkshire paceman Jack Brooks was given a week off from NatWest T20 Blast action to recuperate for tomorrow's visit of Durham

Durham seamers Graham Onions and Mark Wood make their timely comebacks from injury while young spinner Max Morley could be handed his championship debut. 

But they are missing England all-rounder Ben Stokes and the injured Jamie Harrison.

The North East county head to Leeds in fine form, winning their last two matches to climb to sixth in the table.

Middlesex have added Paul Stirling and Ryan Harris to their squad for the clash with Somerset at Uxbridge.

Chris Rogers’ team, again without England batsman Sam Robson, were held to a draw by bottom-placed Northamptonshire at Lord’s last week.

Somerset also failed to win after Lancashire batted out the final day at Taunton.

Seamer Tim Groenewald could make his four-day bow following his arrival on loan from Derbyshire.

Hampshire will have aspirations of reclaiming their spot at the top of Division Two when they welcome Gloucestershire to the Ageas Bowl.

Worcestershire’s victory over Glamorgan saw them leapfrog Hampshire, who held on to secure a draw against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Gloucestershire have injury problems of their own. The match comes too soon for skipper Michael Klinger, who is currently recovering from a broken toe.

Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger, who is recovering from a broken toe, is still not fully fit to return for the clash with Hampshire

Wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick will make his return from a broken finger for the club’s second XI this week, playing as a specialist batsman.

Seamer Matt Taylor is sidelined for a fortnight in order to rest his shin splints, while James Fuller’s ankle complaint sees him miss out.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul bolsters second-bottom Derbyshire ahead of their clash with Essex at Chesterfield.

The veteran West Indian, who played in yesterday’s bicentenary match at Lord’s, is back in the frame following his return from international duty.

On playing at Chesterfield, Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen told the club’s official website: “The crowds are always great and the atmosphere is brilliant for four-day fixtures.

“It was close last time we played Essex, but we probably let ourselves down in the first innings after we bowled so well. Hopefully we can play a lot better against them starting on Monday.

“We’ve got Shiv back as well which is great. It’s nice to have a player of his quality around and we look forward to welcoming him back into our side.” 

Seamer David Masters missed Essex Eagles’ victory over Surrey in the Blast on Friday night with a foot injury and is again missing.

Meanwhile Greg Smith and Tim Phillips are preferred to Ben Foakes and Monty Panesar.

Essex head coach Paul Grayson said: "Ben Foakes and Monty Panesar have been left out on current form and they need to go and play some second team cricket and get a bit of confidence back again.”

Elsewhere in the second tier, bottom-placed Leicestershire host Kent at Grace Road.

Both sides had contrasting fortunes in their most recent four-day matches, with Kent beating Derbyshire by 10 wickets and Leicestershire losing to Surrey by the same margin. 

Sam Northeast, Mitchell Claydon, Charlie Hartley and young left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum come into the 12-man squad with Fabian Cowdrey, Doug Bollinger and Rob Joseph the players to miss out.

Bollinger is still suffering with a shoulder injury but his situation is steadily improving. There's also good news on David Griffiths, with his hamstring injury better than first feared. The former Hampshire fast-bowler is expected to be out for a further four to six weeks.

LV= County Championship facts

*Sussex’s win in their last championship match against Northamptonshire, in September 2010, was their first against them in 11 attempts.

*Yorkshire’s championship runs per wicket average this season is 42.5, more than any other team across both divisions.

*Nick Compton (59.2) has the highest championship batting average since the start of 2011, minimum 20 innings played.

*Against Middlesex James Kettleborough hit 73 on his championship debut. In that match Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins also hit a championship debut half-century (54).

*Glamorgan have not beaten Surrey at home in the championship since 1983, a winless run of 15 matches. They have won three away matches against Surrey in this time.

*Sixteen of Hampshire’s last 25 championship matches at the Ageas Bowl have been drawn. The home team have won six and lost three in this time.

*Essex have lost three of their last 30 away championship matches against Derbyshire (won 13, drawn 14).

*Jason Roy is the only player to hit two championship centuries this season at a strike-rate of 100 or more (against Gloucestershire and Hampshire).

*In the last five championship matches at New Road the toss-winning team has elected to bat first, after the preceding seven toss winners inserted the opposition on every occasion.

*Since the start of 2009 Darren Stevens is the only player to hit at least 10 championship centuries (15) and take more than five five-wicket hauls (seven).

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