Swann set to return

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England spinner Graeme Swann is set to return for Nottinghamshire in their LV= County Championship Division One match against Durham.

Swann was forced home from England's tour of New Zealand on March 6 before undergoing elbow surgery in the United States.

The 34-year-old had "13 or 14" pieces of bone removed but, with his recovery going "perfectly", has been bowling in the nets this week and is primed for a return to action.

Swann said: “The elbow feels great. I've been bowling with it over the last two days in the nets and it has never felt better.

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann bowling in the nets at Derby last week. The off-spinner will return after elbow surgery in Nottinghamshire's clash with Durham

“The aim was always for me to come back against Durham and that is what is going to happen. I'm very happy now but this is the last time in my career I will have elbow surgery.”

Ajmal Shahzad and Steven Mullaney are also included in the squad, but Andre Adams misses out having injured his calf versus Derbyshire.

Durham, who were in the field all day on Saturday as they lost to Yorkshire, have added experienced spinner Gareth Breese to their squad.

Yorkshire will rest seamer Ryan Sidebottom for their clash with Derbyshire.

The White Rose head into the game buoyed by a thrilling four-wicket victory at Durham on Saturday but will make one change to the winning side with all-rounder Richard Pyrah drafted in.

On resting Sidebottom, first-team coach Jason Gillespie said: "We need to manage our assets as best we can.

"We see it as a great opportunity to give Ryan a break taking into account how much cricket we have coming up in the next couple of months."

Impressive second XI performances have put Derbyshire pair Chesney Hughes and Mark Footitt in contention for recalls.

Hughes top-scored against a combined Surrey and Hampshire XI with 63 and 45 while Footitt took 6-71 and both have been selected in head coach Karl Krikken's 13-man party

Mark Turner is expected to miss out through injury but paceman Tony Palladino will travel to Headingley despite suffering a toe injury in the nine-wicket defeat against local rivals Nottinghamshire.

In Division Two, England captain Alistair Cook will go straight into Essex's side to face Hampshire as Paul Grayson's strugglers go in search of a victory to kickstart their season.

Cook has made himself available for the first time this campaign and will be a welcome inclusion along with David Masters, who returns from the side strain which ruled him out of the innings defeat at Northamptonshire last week.

Grayson said: “It will be nice to have the England captain back in our ranks for a couple of games plus our top bowler and they will obviously be automatic choices for Monday's match.

“Hopefully, Alastair can find some good early form that will set him nicely for an excellent summer with England.

“The start of our season has been disappointing and not what we wanted but we want to move on from that and now I'm looking for a positive response.”

Hampshire have the luxury of naming an unchanged squad following their innings victory against Worcestershire with wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Wheater set to face his old club.

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