Prior and Trott set for LV=CC action
England duo Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott are set to feature in the LV= County Championship for the first time this year - in the Division One game between Sussex and Warwickshire at the PROBIZ County Ground from tomorrow.
Sussex’s Prior and Warwickshire’s Trott have been rested since the end of England’s winter commitments, but are ready to return to action.
Trott is set to line up alongside England team-mate Ian Bell, who played in the win over champions Lancashire last week. Likewise, Prior is set to have fellow Test international Monty Panesar as a team-mate.
Leaders Warwickshire are still without injured seamers Boyd Rankin and Chris Woakes, who are recovering from foot and ankle injuries respectively.
For Lancashire’s visit to Taunton, Somerset are missing captain Marcus Trescothick - who has undergone ankle surgery having injured the joint in last week’s draw with Nottinghamshire.
James Hildreth is set to deputise and in-form fellow Somerset batsman Nick Compton told ecb.co.uk: “Hildy has been a Somerset boy for a long time now, has played a lot of first-class cricket and has a lot of experience. He’s got a very good head on his shoulders and I’m sure he will keep a very good balance on the team moving forward.”
Somerset’s pace attack has been depleted of late with Vernon Philander (back), Gemaal Hussain (hamstring), Adam Dibble (rib) and Alfonso Thomas (Indian Premier League) missing the Notts game, when Steve Kirby suffered a torn quad muscle which is set to keep him out for at least four weeks.
One of 18-year-old twins Craig and Jamie Overton, respectively a fast bowler and an all-rounder, is set to make his championship debut. Lewis Gregory is due to open the batting alongside Arul Suppiah and Philander is set to return to the side.
Compton added: “If you’re frontline bowlers are injured, it’s never going to be particularly helpful. But we do have some pretty exciting talent who are wrenching at the opportunity to get out there and prove what they can do.”
Lancashire, who won last year’s title at Taunton on the final day of the season, are without rested England bowler James Anderson for another week, but have all-rounder Tom Smith back after a hamstring injury.
Durham are without all-rounder Ian Blackwell, who has a shoulder injury, against Surrey at the Kia Oval with one of seamers Ruel Brathwaite and Chris Rushworth set to replace him.
Surrey welcome back Jacques Rudolph, the South Africa batsman who missed last week’s draw with Worcestershire for family reasons.
Rory Hamilton-Brown’s side is still missing England duo Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett, who are respectively at the IPL and recovering from back surgery.
Surrey team director Chris Adams said: “We played some good cricket against Worcestershire and put ourselves into a position to win the game.
“We managed to move the game forward despite the weather by being positive and aggressive and that is the attitude we will be taking into the game against Durham.”
Nottinghamshire are still missing England duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann for their trip to face Worcestershire at New Road. Paceman Broad is recovering from a calf injury and spinner Swann is rested.
Notts are also set to be without batsman Riki Wessels, who has a broken finger, and could be sweating on seamer Andre Adams who missed the Somerset match with flu.
Worcestershire are waiting for the return of all-rounder Gareth Andrew following winter knee surgery.