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Yorkshire enter today's crucial Benson and Hedges Cup quarter-final against Surrey grateful that at least two of their England internationals are able to lessen the effect of a mounting injury crisis.

Yorkshire enter today's crucial Benson and Hedges Cup quarter-final against Surrey grateful that at least two of their England internationals are able to lessen the effect of a mounting injury crisis.

Last year's Benson and Hedges finalists will be without five first-team players through injury or illness. The quintet - Chris Silverwood, Michael Vaughan, Anthony McGrath, Richard Harden and Paul Hutchison - leave Yorkshire with little option but to name the same squad which lost to Worcestershire in the National League this weekend.

But at least Yorkshire have two of their three centrally contracted players - Darren Gough and Craig White - available for this competition and the NatWest Trophy to ease the burden. Surrey's only doubt is the opener Mark Butcher, who should recover from a sore ear.

Across the Pennines, Lancashire have the luxury of recalling Chris Schofield for their Old Trafford match against Durham. The promising leg-spinner, who is tipped for an England Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord's next week, is brought in to replace the Gary Yates. The off-spinner was recalled against Leicestershire after missing two weeks with an infected spinning finger, but failed to justify his recall and Schofield has been called upon instead.

Durham last week completed a surprise 231-run Championship victory over the champions, Surrey, and travel to Old Trafford at full strength, with the former Lancashire favourite Nick Speak returning as captain.

Hampshire's game against Glamorgan at Southampton could hinge on a battle between two Australians, with the home side's Shane Warne facing his Test colleague and fellow Victorian Matthew Elliott for only the second time in their careers. The pair were important contributors to Australia's 3-2 Ashes series victory in England three years ago, with Warne claiming 24 wickets while the left-handed opener Elliott scored 556 runs at an average of 55.60.

Hampshire will be without the wicketkeeper Adrian Aymes, who is still recovering from a cartilage operation. Derek Kenway will continue to deputise, while the bowlers Alan Mullally and Peter Hartley are both fit after recent injuries.

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