Cricket: Franks is called up

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PAUL FRANKS, the Nottinghamshire all-rounder, will join the England A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa as a replacement for the injured Paul Hutchison who had to fly home last week because of a persistent back injury.

The England A management originally said they would not need to find a replacement for the rest of the tour, but a groin injury to the Durham fast bowler Melvyn Betts has forced a rethink as they prepare for today's second unofficial Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Phil Neale, the England team manager, said: "This is a necessary precaution because we still have three one-day internationals in Zimbabwe and two four-day matches in South Africa to play after this week's unofficial Test match."