Surrey to unleash Pietersen and Tremlett
England pair Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett have been named in Surrey’s squad for tomorrow's LV= County Championship Division One clash with defending champions Lancashire at Guildford.
Batsman Pietersen is available following his retirement from limited-overs international cricket while Tremlett, who made his return from a back injury during the Friends Life t20, is still making his way back to full fitness.
Emerging all-rounder Zafar Ansari is also named in the 13-man squad led by Gareth Batty, but seamer Jade Dernbach is nursing a side strain he sustained during England’s NatWest Series against Australia and Rory-Hamilton Brown is unavailable on compassionate grounds.
Kyle Hogg has recovered from a sore back and overseas batsman Ashwell Prince returns for Lancashire after sitting out the FLt20 group stage.
All-rounder Luke Procter misses out but Oliver Newby has made the cut.
England Test captain Andrew Strauss boosts Middlesex for their clash with leaders Nottinghamshire, who are hoping to include Alex Hales at Uxbridge following a quad problem.
Yorkshire will hand Steve Harmison his debut in their Division Two encounter against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
The former England paceman has joined the White Rose on a one-month loan deal from Durham and is set to lead a new-look pace attack lacking the injured Ryan Sidebottom and the unavailable Mitchell Starc.
Club captain Andrew Gale is still occupying the sidelines with his troublesome hip injury, leaving experienced Australian Phil Jaques the task of leading the side.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been released by England to play, while young paceman Moin Ashraf has retained his place in the 13-man unit following an array of impressive displays in the 20-over format.
Hampshire are boosted by the availability of Neil McKenzie after the South African batsman agreed to extend his stay on the south coast.
The 36-year-old is likely to take on the challenge of opening the innings in the absence of Michael Carberry, who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Seamers David Balcombe and James Tomlinson and batsman Bilal Shafayat are included, but David Griffiths is out with an ankle complaint.
India’s Harbhajan Singh boosts Essex’s spin department against Gloucestershire in the first game of the Cheltenham Festival.
The visitors are without Owais Shah, with the batsman sidelined for 10 days due to an aggravated calf muscle.
Hamish Marshall will hand captaincy duties back to Alex Gidman after the New Zealander took over for the Gladiators’ FLt20 Midlands/Wales/West Group campaign.