England stars set for county action
England stars James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell will make their first appearances of the domestic campaign when Warwickshire play host to Lancashire in Division One of the LV= County Championship.
Pace bowler Anderson returns to the Lancashire squad after missing the club’s opening three matches following his exertions with England over the winter, while Trott and Bell are also available to add depth to a formidable Warwickshire batting line-up.
The Edgbaston outfit boast the leading run-scorer in the country in the shape of Varun Chopra, who recorded back-to-back double hundreds in victories over Somerset and Worcestershire, and can also call upon vastly experienced Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, a man with over 7,000 Test runs to his name.
Glen Chapple is fit again after missing the Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat to Essex with a knee problem and will reclaim the Lancashire captaincy from Steven Croft.
Anthony McGrath has been ruled out of Yorkshire’s trip to league leaders and defending champions Nottinghamshire.
The experienced batsman, who missed the start of the season following knee surgery, is suffering from sciatica and has not travelled to Trent Bridge.
His place has been taken by Joe Sayers, who also filled in during yesterday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 loss at the hands of Derbyshire at Headingley Carnegie.
Yorkshire suffered a painful 58-run defeat to Notts in their last championship fixture after being bowled out for just 86 in their second innings.
Two Nottinghamshire players go into the game on the verge of personal milestones in first-class cricket. Skipper Chris Read needs another 19 to reach 11,000 runs, while seamer Andre Adams is two short of 500 wickets.
Somerset’s Lewis Gregory is in contention to make his first championship appearance in the home game against Worcestershire.
Gregory was set to feature in last week’s clash with Hampshire, but was forced to miss out with a slight hamstring problem. He will now challenge fellow England Under-19 international Alex Barrow for a place in the starting XI.
Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis is rated doubtful due to a back injury and will be assessed on the morning of the match.
Hampshire have called youngster Benny Howell into their squad for the LV= County Championship match against Sussex as cover for the injured Johann Myburgh.
South African batsman Myburgh picked up a slight hamstring injury in the defeat to Somerset and a late decision will be made on his availability.
Luke Wright and Will Beer have been added to the Sussex squad that drew with Lancashire at the PROBIZ County Ground last week.
In Division Two, Surrey look set to welcome back Mark Ramprakash and Chris Tremlett for their home game against Leicestershire.
Ramprakash is named in the squad for the first time this year after damaging his cruciate ligament in a football match in November, while Tremlett is also in line to make his first appearance of the campaign following a period of rest.
Jason Roy has been rewarded for his fine Clydesdale Bank 40 form with a place at the top of the batting order. He will open alongside skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown, a decision described by Surrey’s professional cricket manager Chris Adams as “fresh, exciting and a positive move for the team.”
Gloucestershire will hand a championship debut to overseas signing Kane Williamson in their home game against leaders Middlesex, while Northamptonshire have selected an unchanged side for the trip to Kent.