Hampshire consider seam options
Hampshire must decide whether to hand recalls to Dominic Cork and Chris Tremlett for the LV= County Championship clash with struggling Yorkshire at Basingstoke.
Cork and Tremlett were rested for the match against Lancashire, which ended in a tame draw, but both are named in a 14-man squad and could conceivably return.
Last year’s championship match at May’s Bounty ended inside three days, with Hampshire beating eventual champions Durham, and only one of the four innings surpassing 180.
Hampshire must also decide whether to recall Chris Benham to the middle-order, following the news that veteran batsman John Crawley intends to retire from county cricket at the end of the season.
Tom Burrows continues to deputise for first-choice wicketkeeper Nic Pothas, still out with a hamstring injury.
Deon Kruis comes back into contention for Yorkshire, who badly need a win to lift them away from the foot of the Division One table.
Kruis, the South Africa-born seamer, was left out in favour of Rich Pyrah in the Roses match against Lancashire, which ended in a draw thanks to a second-innings fightback by Yorkshire.
Both players are named in Yorkshire’s 12-man squad, which is still missing Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, away on international duty with Pakistan.
Director of cricket Martyn Moxon says the May’s Bounty wicket could lean towards a positive result, which can only be good for Yorkshire.
“Recent games there would seem to point towards a result. That’s the expectation we have,” Moxon told ecb.co.uk.
Moxon also praised batsman Andrew Gale, who was today called into the England Lions squad to play Australia in a two-day game at Canterbury at the weekend.
“Andrew’s been very productive these last few months. He’s expanded his game and worked on a lot of technical things over the winter,” said Moxon.
“He’s opened up his off-side game a lot more and plays a lot better through there, which has helped in one-day cricket. He’s opened in every one-day game for us recently.”
One player not picked for the Lions is spinner Adil Rashid. Moxon suggested the four-day game with Hampshire would help the young leg-spinner get overs under his belt.
“Adil’s not bowled much in first-class cricket recently, due to the weather and being away with England."