Ryan Sidebottom has come back into Yorkshire’s squad for their LV= County Championship clash at Warwickshire, but fellow seamer Tim Bresnan will miss out.
The Tykes are looking to bolster their position at the top of Division One at Edgbaston and will be boosted by the return of left-armer Sidebottom, who has missed the championship fixtures against Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Sussex due to a hamstring complaint.
“It is great to have Siddy back. We have missed him over the past couple of weeks with his hamstring. He’ll add some bite and edge to our attack,” captain Andrew Gale said.
Adil Rashid could also be into contention after missing the high-scoring draw with Sussex due to paternity leave although Gale added: “His wife is still expecting their first child and he may have to leave the squad if he gets the call.”
England international Bresnan will definitely not feature as he has been struggling with his elbow in recent weeks and the county have chosen to rest the bowling all-rounder.
Warwickshire, by contrast, could name the side that thumped Northamptonshire by an innings and 105 runs at Wantage Road last week.
Nottinghamshire, who are level on points with Yorkshire at the top of the standings, will be without Peter Siddle when they welcome Somerset to Trent Bridge.
The seamer was yesterday recalled by Australia and, although Luke Fletcher acknowledges the news is a blow, he believes it gives somebody else in the Nottinghamshire team a chance to make their mark.
“Of course Siddle will be a huge loss as he has been a star signing and has done really well for us,” Fletcher said.
“We have a lot of good seam bowlers in the squad and it will be up to the likes of Jake Ball to step up and play like he did at the beginning of the season.”
Third-placed Somerset, five points behind the top two, will welcome back captain captain Marcus Trescothick, who has missed their last three fixtures – all of them in the NatWest T20 Blast – due to a groin injury.
Durham will continue to be without seamers Graham Onions, Mark Wood, Usman Arshad and Jamie Harrison when they take on Sussex.
Yet they will be looking to continue the momentum earned from their first four-day win of the season last week, where they edged out fellow strugglers Lancashire by 27 runs to move out of the bottom two.
Sussex will wait on captain Ed Joyce, who is nursing a hamstring injury, although seamer James Anyon will be available at the Emirates Durham ICG after missing the clash against Yorkshire at Arundel last time out.
The bottom two clubs meet at Emirates Old Trafford and Lancashire will be hoping to put further distance between themselves and Northamptonshire, who have lost but one of their seven fixtures this year.
The Red Rose make just one change to their team, with Jordan Clark replacing Kabir Ali.
In Division Two, Hashim Amla will make his final appearance for third-placed Surrey while Tim Linley has also been named in the squad to face rock-bottom Leicestershire, who will be without captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and Richard Jones at the Kia Oval due to their respective injuries.
Rob Taylor returns after being rested for the heavy defeat to leaders Worcestershire, while Matthew Boyce is in contention to come back into the first team.
Finally, Kent and Derbyshire could both named unchanged sides when they meet at the Spitfire Ground.
LV= County Championship facts
Lancashire are attempting to win four consecutive championship matches against Northants for the first time since 1935, when they won six in a row against this opposition.
Yorkshire’s win at Headingley in May meant they have lost one of their last 11 championship matches against Warwickshire (won six, drawn five).
Durham have lost one of their last 17 home championship matches, against Yorkshire in April 2013. They have won 11 and drawn five in this time.
Against Lancashire Phil Mustard and debutant Paul Coughlin recorded Durham’s highest ninth-wicket partnership in first-class cricket (150).
Against Middlesex Nottinghamshire recorded their highest successful fourth-innings run-chase (387 for four) since 2001.
Surrey have lost one of their last 17 championship matches against Leicestershire (won eight, drawn eight).
In Kent’s last match against Glamorgan Darren Stevens passed 12,000 first-class runs. Rob Key passed 15,000 championship runs in that match.
Sam Hain this week became Warwickshire’s youngest first-class centurion, a month before his 19th birthday. Ian Bell previously held this record, at 19 years and 56 days.
In taking 5-58 and 5-67 against Kent Michael Hogan recorded his maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket, in his 65th match.
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