Warwickshire welcome back Irish duo
Warwickshire welcome back Irish duo Boyd Rankin and Will Porterfield for their LV= County Championship clash with Surrey at Edgbaston, which starts tomorrow.
Rankin is yet to feature in Warwickshire's 2012 campaign due to a foot injury, but he returns to bolster what is an already flourishing attack, alongside Ireland skipper Porterfield who regains his place as Laurie Evans misses out.
The Division One leaders have also called back Richard Johnson from a loan spell at Derbyshire to replace wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, who has a thigh strain and will be out of action for around two weeks, as they aim to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign to Somerset last week.
Jade Dernbach returns to the Surrey squad, having recovered from a side strain that has kept him out of action for the past three weeks, but Chris Tremlett is still unavailable due to injury.
Arun Harinath has been included in a championship squad for the first time this year.
Both Durham and Middlesex will be boosted by returning England seamers, as the ECB have made Steven Finn and Graham Onions available for their Division One fixture.
Durham currently sit bottom of the table, while Middlesex will be hoping to improve their position after last week’s results meant they slipped down to fifth.
Second placed Nottinghamshire entertain Sussex in the other Division One tie, as they attempt to put the disappointment of last night’s Friends Life t20 defeat behind them.
In Division Two, Leicestershire welcome promotion chasing Yorkshire to Grace Road.
Matthew Hoggard, Josh Cobb, Ned Eckersley, Nathan Buck and Wayne White have all recovered from injuries in time to feature for the hosts.
Leicestershire have also included Shiv Thakor in the squad, a reward for his magnificent unbeaten 83 against Lancashire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 last Sunday.
The White Rose will still be on a high after they secured a spot at their first FLt20 finals day yesterday, and will be hoping their good form can transfer into the four-day game.
Hampshire take on fellow promotion chasers Kent at the Ageas Bowl.
Giles White's side currently sit in second place, but Kent are nicely positioned too in fourth, just five points behind Hampshire with a game in hand.
Victory for either side will put pressure on league leaders Derbyshire, who have opened up a 22-point gap at the top of the table.