Injury robs Essex of Quiney
Rob Quiney may have played his last game for Essex, who are in LV= County Championship action versus Glamorgan this week, after the Australia batsman damaged a shoulder in last week’s defeat to Lancashire.
Quiney, whose senior international experience amounts to two Tests late last year, was due to represent Essex for the first half of this season but may be limited to his current seven appearances.
Head coach Paul Grayson said: "He will probably be having an operation on his shoulder within the next week or 10 days and he'll be out of action for quite some time.”
For the Division Two game at the SWALEC Stadium, one of six in the championship starting tomorrow, Essex welcome back Ravi Bopara from England Lions duty but Alastair Cook is with the senior squad for the first Investec Test versus New Zealand.
Seamer Reece Topley will have a late fitness test on the groin problem that saw his miss Sunday’s Yorkshire Bank 40 match with Scotland. Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate are still at the Indian Premier League.
Glamorgan have name an unchanged squad for the mid-table clash following their loss to Lancashire.
Front-runners Northamptonshire are due to give a championship debut to winter arrival Matthew Spriegel and a recall to Ben Duckett in the absence of Scotland duo Kyle Coetzer and David Murphy when they host winless Leicestershire at Wantage Road.
Coetzer, today appointed Scotland captain, and Murphy are on international duty this week - the Saltires play two one-day internationals against Pakistan - while batsman Rob Newton is available after a groin strain.
Leicestershire’s Rob Taylor is also with Scotland, meaning spinner Claude Henderson returns, while seam trio Nathan Buck, Anthony Ireland and Matthew Hoggard are not ready for first-team action.
Former England bowlers Liam Plunkett and Ryan Sidebottom are expected to return for Yorkshire versus Division One holders Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Plunkett was rested for last week’s draw with Somerset, which Sidebottom pulled out of shortly before the start due to illness. Fellow seamer Moin Ashraf is also in contention for the meeting between the third-placed White Rose and fourth-placed hosts.
Plunkett and Sidebottom’s availability will offset the loss of Tim Bresnan to England and Jack Brooks, who is out for six weeks after fracturing his left thumb.
Four England batsmen - Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root plus Warwickshire’s Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott - will be missing for the game.
Warwickshire have England Lions trio Varun Chopra, Chris Wright and Chris Woakes back but their injury list includes Laurie Evans (broken hand), Keith Barker (intercostal muscle), Oliver Hannon-Dalby (broken arm), Ian Westwood (ankle), Chris Metters (shoulder) and Paul Best (stress fracture of the back).
Winless Surrey have included Jade Dernbach and Chris Tremlett for their trip to take on Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, both having missed the loss to Durham that was completed yesterday.
Sixth-placed Notts are set to be minus England’s Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann plus fellow bowler Andre Adams, who continues his recovery from a calf injury.
Somerset and Middlesex, who clash at Taunton, are missing several key players. The hosts are without Nick Compton while Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan - still at the IPL - are absent for the visitors.
However, second-placed Middlesex welcome back James Harris, who has recovered from the hamstring strain that has prevented him from playing in their last three championship matches, and Toby Roland-Jones, the latter from England Lions duty. Tom Smith is added to the squad.
Bottom side Derbyshire, who are yet to win in this year’s championship, have preferred new signing Richard Johnson to Tom Poynton as wicketkeeper against Sussex at the County Ground. Poynton has featured in all four championship games this season but been light on runs.
Mark Turner is in line to return from injury but fellow seamer Tony Palladino is sidelined. Mark Footitt and Alasdair Evans, who impressed against the New Zealanders, are in contention.
Sussex, who lie fifth, must cope without newly-crowned England men’s cricketer of the year Matt Prior, Luke Wright, who is at the IPL, and Matt Machan, who is with Scotland.
However, Steve Magoffin returns after missing Sussex’s last championship outing through injury. Joe Gatting and Chris Liddle boost the batting and bowling options respectively.