Landmark debuts at Lord's
Garnett Kruger will become the first Kolpak player to represent Glamorgan when they play Middlesex at Lord’s in their opening LV= County Championship match.
The 32-year-old South Africa seamer, who played for Leicestershire last season, has arrived in Cardiff and is named in a 12-man squad led by new captain and former Middlesex all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple.
Dalrymple led the Welsh county in one championship match last summer, in a 202-run victory over Essex.
Kruger is one of two additions to the side that lost to Lancashire in the opening Friends Provident Trophy clash on Sunday.
The other change sees veteran off-spinner Robert Croft come in for Dean Cosker.
Glamorgan’s new overseas player, Mark Cosgrove, plays his first championship match for the county since their defeat to Surrey at the Brit Oval in 2006.
Young Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes makes his keenly-anticipated debut for Middlesex in their first competitive match of the season.
Hughes, Middlesex’s new overseas player, is named in a 13-man squad, and is expected to open the batting with Billy Godleman, as England captain Andrew Strauss is rested ahead of the busy English summer.
Tyron Henderson, Murali Kartik and Owais Shah are absent playing in the Indian Premier League.
Middlesex’s under-strength batting order is boosted by the inclusion of Nick Compton (shoulder) and Eoin Morgan, who has returned from Ireland’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign. Neil Dexter could make his championship debut for the county.
Veteran seamers Alan Richardson and Chris Silverwood will vie for places with Gareth Berg and Danny Evans, in the absence of Steven Finn (hand).
Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser told ecb.co.uk: “We don’t anticipate seeing a lot of Andrew or Owais Shah, because hopefully they will be playing for England. That’s where we want our players to be.”
The Panthers finished as runners-up in the pre-season Pro ARCH Trophy, losing to Essex in the final in Abu Dhabi. But Middlesex’s performance, with a depleted squad, gave Fraser cause for optimism.
“We went out with an inexperienced side to Abu Dhabi and no overseas player, and we had a couple of injuries while we were out there,” said the former England seamer. “Sadly we couldn’t quite beat Essex in the final but the wins were very satisfying.
“But we’ll be looking to give our promising youngsters a go, and we know Phillip Hughes is a very good player.”