Yorkshire boosted by Bresnan return

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Tim Bresnan, pictured, will replace the injured Richard Pyrah in Yorkshire's line-up when they take on Hampshire at Headingley

England all-rounder Tim Bresnan will make his first LV= County Championship appearance of the season for Yorkshire in their match against Hampshire at Headingley Carnegie.

Bresnan was rested by the ECB for the opening weeks of the domestic campaign, but returned to action in Sunday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Kent.

His availability is a timely boost to a Yorkshire side missing the in-form Richard Pyrah, who suffered an injury to his right knee at Canterbury.

Anthony McGrath is once again ruled out with sciatica, so Joe Sayers will continue to open the batting alongside Adam Lyth, with Joe Root coming in at three.

Kabir Ali returns to the Hampshire squad after a year on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Kabir's last senior appearance came against Nottinghamshire last May, but he is now set to make his comeback after proving his fitness in a run-out for the second XI against Northamptonshire.

Dimitri Mascarenhas also featured in that match and impressed with six wickets and a half-century, yet he is not yet ready to return following a lengthy lay-off with an Achilles problem.

With Kabir and James Tomlinson, who has recovered from a minor foot injury, back in contention, Hampshire have opted to rest fellow seamers Simon Jones and Friedel de Wet.

Ian Bell will continue to captain Warwickshire in the absence of Jim Troughton as they welcome local rivals Worcestershire to Edgbaston.

Troughton has yet to recover from the shoulder injury that kept him out of his side’s last match against Lancashire, while all-rounder Chris Woakes has been left out as a precaution after experiencing soreness in his shins.

Worcestershire will hand a second debut to wicketkeeper Ben Scott, who rejoined the club on a month’s loan from Middlesex today.

In the other match starting tomorrow, Gloucestershire play host to Northamptonshire in Division Two.

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