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Cook and Bopara back for Essex

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Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook are set to return to t20 action for Essex Eagles after their England Lions commitments yesterday

Essex Eagles have been boosted by the news that both Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook are available for tonight’s trip to the Brit Insurance Oval to face Kent Spitfires in the Friends Provident t20.

The pair return to county duty after their recent involvement with England Lions, although Essex will miss the services of Danish Kaneria, who has joined the Pakistan squad ahead of their two-Test series against Australia.

Nottinghamshire paceman Andy Carter has also been added to Eagles' 14-man squad after he agreed a month-long loan deal earlier this week.

Essex squad: James Foster (captain, wicketkeeper) Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Matt Walker, Scott Styris, Grant Flower, Jaik Mickleburgh, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Chris Wright, Maurice Chambers, John Maunders, Andy Carter.

Worcestershire Royals captain Vikram Solanki looks set to make an early return from injury against Durham Dynamos at New Road.
Solanki had been sidelined by to a pelvic problem but began running again earlier in the week and is expected to be fit ahead of schedule.

Liam Plunkett has been named in Durham’s 13-man squad after returning from England Lions duty.

Worcestershire squad: Phil Jaques, Sanath Jayasuriya, Vikram Solanki (captain), Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Daryl Mitchell, James Cameron, Jack Manuel, Ben Cox (wicketkeeper), Richard Jones, Jack Shantry, Shaaiq Choudhry, Imran Arif.

Durham squad: Phil Mustard (captain, wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Dale Benkenstein, Albie Morkel, Gareth Breese, Will Smith, Ben Harmison, Liam Plunkett, Neil Killeen, Stephen Harmison, Mark Stoneman, Kyle Coetzer, Gordon Muchall.

Hampshire Royals welcome Abdul Razzaq back into the squad for the trip to Taunton to take on the Somerset Sabres.

The Pakistan all-rounder has missed the best part of a month for his county due to international commitments, but is in line to return to domestic action along with Australian Dan Christian, who has recovered from a calf injury.

Opening batsman Michael Carberry may also feature for Hampshire after being rested for much of the t20 competition, while Somerset welcome back Peter Trego from England Lions duty.

Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, Sean Ervine, Liam Dawson, Nic Pothas (wicketkeeper), Simon Jones, Dominic Cork (captain), James Vince, Michael Carberry, Danny Briggs, Chris Benham, Chris Wood, Neil McKenzie, Dan Christian.

Steven Davies, another England Lions player, returns to the Surrey Lions squad against Glamorgan Dragons at the SWALEC Stadium.

However, Mark Ramprakash misses out after injuring a shoulder when he was run out in last night's defeat by Middlesex Panthers. He will need two days to recover.

Australia international Shaun Tait has had to withdraw from Dragons' squad after returing from international duty with sore shins.

The face bowler failed a fitness test this morning but is hopeful he will be return to action on Sunday when Glamorgan meet Kent Spitfires.

Surrey squad: Rory Hamilton-Brown (captain), Steven Davies (wicketkeeper), Tom Lancefield, Jason Roy, Younus Khan, Stewart Walters, Andrew Symonds, Gary Wilson, Matthew Spriegel, Chris Schofield, Chris Tremlett, Andre Nel, Stuart Meaker.

Stephen Parry is available for Lancashire Lightning against Yorkshire Carnegie at Old Trafford following his involvement in England Lions' win over India A yesterday.

Lancashire squad: Glen Chapple (captain), Karl Brown, Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wicketkeeper), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Kerrigan, Nathan McCullum, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Stephen Parry, Daren Powell, Tom Smith.