Martyn Moxon, left out of the side beaten by Northamptonshire in the Benson and Hedges Cup quarter-final, will open the innings, while Bradley Parker is preferred to McGrath in the middle order. Captain David Byas said: "McGrath has been out of form and really needs to rebuild his confidence, so he will feature in the second team."
Warwickshire bring in the left-arm seamer Darren Altree for his first appearance of the season against Hampshire at Southampton. Altree replaces Allan Donald, who suffered an injury to his lower back in the Benson and Hedges Cup defeat by Kent. Wicketkeeper Keith Piper is to see a specialist after a recurrence of an Achilles tendon injury at Canterbury and Tony Frost will make his third Championship appearance. John Stephenson, the Hampshire captain, and fast bowler Cardigan Connor are both doubtful.
Mark Ramprakash takes charge of Middlesex for the first time for the match with North- amptonshire at Lord's. England Under-19 batsman David Sales stands by for the visitors as Mal Loye has a back problem.
Nigel Llong and Dean Headley are both missing from the Kent side to face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Nottinghamshire, hoping to go top, will be without openers Tim Robinson and Paul Pollard, who are both injured.
Lancashire's captain Mike Watkinson faces a late fitness check before the game with champions Leicestershire at Grace Road. Watkinson has missed most of the season because of a niggling arm strain, but Wasim Akram will be back after a shoulder problem. Leicestershire are set to recall off- spinner Adrian Pierson and veteran seamer Gordon Parsons.
The left-arm pace bowler Simon Brown returns for Durham's match with Glamorgan at Cardiff after recovering from the side strain he suffered against Essex two weeks ago.Reuse content