Kartik in championship debut

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Murali Kartik

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Indian spinner Murali Kartik is set to make his first Liverpool Victoria County Championship appearance of the season for joint table-toppers Lancashire against Warwickshire at Blackpool.

Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy remains on the treatment list with his knee problem but Kartik made a big impact on the Championship in 2005 when he claimed 16 wickets in the last two matches.

Lancashire are hopeful Keedy will be fit by next week while seamer Sajid Mahmood is missing on international duty with England.

Warwickshire will be without captain Heath Streak, who is recovering from a disc injury and will not be risked.

Veteran all-rounder Dougie Brown is sidelined with a back strain, as is James Anyon.

Michael Powell has suffered a reoccurrence of the hamstring strain he picked up during the NatWest Pro40 match against Middlesex Crusaders and is ruled out.

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