Injury worries for Lancashire
Lancashire have suffered a mini injury crisis ahead of their trip to Durham for the LV County Championship Division One match at Chester-le-Street.
The Red Rose county have named a 13-man squad, but Andrew Flintoff (ankle) and Sajid Mahmood (double hernia) are ruled out and question marks still surround the fitness of Glen Chapple and Mal Loye, who both missed last week’s championship match at Sussex.
Chapple has been out of action for the past fortnight with a hamstring strain, while Loye has struggled with back spasms.
Bowler James Anderson is on standby for the England team and, if required, the substitute rule will be used as it was in similar circumstances during Lancashire’s match against Worcestershire in May.
Oliver Newby has been rewarded for his impressive form in the second XI by securing a call-up to the squad. Newby has been the pick of the fast bowlers and has also shown flair with the bat to score important runs.
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris is set to make his championship debut for Durham.
Styris bolsters the batting as he replaces tail-ender Mitchell Claydon from the county’s previous championship match when Durham beat leaders Yorkshire by six wickets.
Geoff Cook’s side will be without Paul Collingwood, Liam Plunkett and Steve Harmison who have joined England’s squad for the third npower test against West Indies at Old Trafford.
Australian medium-pacer Callum Thorp is still missing with a back injury that is set to keep him out of action for most of June.