Rudolph returns against Red Rose
Jacques Rudolph has been included in Yorkshire’s squad for the Roses clash against LV= County Championship Division One high-flyers Lancashire at Headingley Carnegie.
Rudolph left the White Rose at the end of last season to return to his native South Africa for family reasons after four years with the club as a Kolpak player and the middle-order batsman’s experience has been sorely missed this term as Yorkshire hover above the relegation zone.
He has agreed to return to Andrew Gale’s side for the rest of this season as an overseas player and is likely to play against Lancashire, who will be looking to get back to winning ways in the championship following their defeat by title rivals Durham last month.
The Red Rose will have to make do without James Anderson, who is with England for the first npower Test against India at Lord’s, as is Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan.
Lancashire are boosted, however, by the return of skipper Glen Chapple, who has recovered from a trapped nerve in his neck, but have no overseas player in their squad.
Sussex will welcome back captain Michael Yardy ahead of their trip to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire.
Yardy has been in and out of the team this season after suffering from depression but his return will be a boost to Sussex, who will be without the injured Wayne Parnell and Luke Wright, while Matt Prior is on international duty alongside Warwickshire batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.
The hosts will be looking to do the double over Sussex after triumphing by eight wickets at Arundel earlier this month.
Rock-bottom Hampshire’s chances of claiming their first championship victory of the season against Nottinghamshire at the Rose Bowl have been hit by injuries to key players.
Nic Pothas (appendicitis) and Johann Myburgh (hamstring) join Michael Lumb, who is out for the rest of the season, on the sidelines and while David Griffiths returns to the squad for the first time since May after a hamstring injury, seamers Kabir Ali and Dimitri Mascarenhas are rested.
Nottinghamshire will look to end a six-match winless streak without bowling duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann - both of whom are on England duty.
In Division Two, Steven Finn has been included in Middlesex’s squad for their clash with London rivals Surrey at Guildford.
The young seamer was not part of England's Test party - unlike Andrew Strauss and Eoin Morgan - and is set to play for second-placed Middlesex although Toby Roland-Jones is ruled out due to sore shins.
Hosts Surrey will welcome back Jade Dernbach following his exploits in the limited-overs formats against Sri Lanka, although they will be without England duo Chris Tremlett and Kevin Pietersen.
Captain Alex Gidman will return for Gloucestershire as they look to bolster their promotion push against struggling Kent at the Cheltenham Festival.
Gidman has been out of action for nearly a month with a quad muscle injury, but he will lead the line as his side attempt to win a championship game at Cheltenham for the first time since 2001.
Kent will be without their skipper Rob Key as the opener is due to have a scan on his injured wrist and, although Matt Coles is making good progress as he recovers from a stress reaction in the second metatarsal of his left foot, the clash with Gloucestershire will come too soon.
Leaders Northamptonshire will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Friends Life t20 competition - and defeat to Scotland in the Clydesdale Bank 40 - when they host Derbyshire at Wantage Road.
The pacesetters were ignominiously knocked out of the FLt20 after winning just two of their 16 matches to finish bottom of the North Group and they will come up against a Derbyshire side, who are just six points of the promotion places, despite lying sixth in the table.