Bresnan among returning England quintet
Five England stars are set to make their first appearances of the LV= County Championship season this week after periods of rest.
In Division One fit-again Tim Bresnan is due to line up alongside Joe Root for Yorkshire versus Durham, Sussex’s Matt Prior is expected to face Surrey and Stuart Broad is set to feature for Nottinghamshire against Derbyshire. The one England player due to return in Division Two is James Anderson of Lancashire, who take on Kent.
Bresnan, who like Root played in last week’s friendly with Lancashire, has recovered from surgery on his right elbow that ruled him out of England’s tour to New Zealand.
Yorkshire are without Azeem Rafiq, who has been sidelined for six weeks with an injury to his right knee. Fellow spinner Adil Rashid may replace Rafiq while Liam Plunkett could face former county Durham, who have again named an unchanged squad, at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Plunkett said: "I'm really excited and can't wait to play against Durham. It will be good to play against my old team-mates and friends, and I'm certainly up for it. I feel like I'm bowling nicely at the minute, so physically and mentally I'm in a good place.”
Surrey have announced an unchanged squad for the contest with Sussex at the Kia Oval where Prior might face England team-mate Chris Tremlett, who was available last week but was overlooked versus Somerset.
Rory Hamilton-Brown, Surrey captain until midway through last season, and Chris Jordan are set to face the county they left over the winter.
Broad is part of a Nottinghamshire squad that is at full strength save for Graeme Swann, who is recovering well from an elbow operation.
Derbyshire - playing at home for the first time since being promoted - have made one change from last week’s heavy loss to Middlesex. Batsman Chesney Hughes, who contributed four and nought at Lord’s, drops out of an otherwise unchanged squad.
Anderson is set to lead Lancashire’s attack against Kent at Old Trafford.
Red Rose coach Peter Moores said: “It will be a tough game, there's no doubt about that. But we're on our home patch, and we've got Jimmy back, which is good.
“If we take nothing for granted and are prepared to do the hard work, then we'll have a good chance of winning the game.”
Gloucestershire have named bowling all-rounder Craig Miles in their squad as cover for the injured James Fuller, who broke a finger against Essex. Following their innings-win over Essex, Northamptonshire are expected to be unchanged at Bristol.
In the other championship game starting tomorrow Hampshire, who play Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl, have named the squad that drew with Leicestershire in the opening round. The visitors have no new injuries, but Aneesh Kapil is still absent with a disc problem.