Apr 302013

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Warwickshire are boosted by the return of England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell for their top-flight clash with Sussex, one of three LV= County Championship games starting tomorrow.

Trott and Bell have not played competitive cricket since the final Test of England’s 0-0 draw in New Zealand that ended on March 26.

They return alongside paceman Boyd Rankin, who is back after a foot stress fracture. Rankin bolsters a squad shorn of Oliver Hannon-Dalby, who suffered an arm injury during his match-saving rearguard alongside Rikki Clarke against Somerset last week. Keith Barker is still out following his a side strain.

Jonathan Trott & Ian Bell

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell are in line for their first games of the county season when their Warwickshire side face hosts Sussex from tomorrow

Sussex, playing at home in the championship for this first time this year, have announced an unchanged squad with England Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior again available after he helped them draw versus Surrey.

Division Two leaders Northamptonshire have resisted the urge to rest a bowler and named an unchanged XI to face Kent at Canterbury.

Seamers Steven Crook, David Willey and Andrew Hall, all enjoying fine starts to the campaign, therefore feature. The hosts are without all-rounder Darren Stevens, who has a knee injury.

Like in their draw with Kent last week, Lancashire have England paceman James Anderson in their squad against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

Anderson’s team-mate and former Ashes opponent Simon Katich said: “There is no doubt he is one of the best in the world. The thing he has about him is he is so fit and runs at you all day and sustains his pace. He did it in the first innings (against Kent), he worked hard all day without a wicket, then got his rewards later.

“That’s the experience you get from him. He can move the ball both ways, and he is always asking questions of the batsmen. Having faced him in Test cricket, I know he is a very good bowler and competitor. There is no doubt in this Ashes series he will be hard work for the Australian top order.”

This week’s Red Rose squad includes Wayne White and Tom Smith alongside the XI that played Kent. The Welsh County have added John Glover to the XI that beat Worcestershire last week.

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