Yorkshire, who play Worcestershire at Headingley, welcome back Darren Gough, who has made a full recovery from the stress fracture of his left foot which brought an early end to his Ashes tour. Martyn Moxon, the Yorkshire captain, said: "Darren bowled almost flat out in two practice games and we are very happy with his fitness."
The news is not so good for Glamorgan, whose captain, Hugh Morris, is to take a 10-day break in an attempt to clear up a back injury. X-rays and a scan have failed to get to the root of the problem, and Morris will miss the Cup game against the Combined Universities at Cardiff and the Championship match against Somerset at Taunton, which starts on Thursday.
Bruce French returns to action for Nottinghamshire against the Minor Counties at Leek after missing almost all of last season because of a viral infection. The former England wicketkeeper is recalled because Wayne Noon tore a thigh muscle in the victory over Warwickshire on Sunday. Kevin Evans will face his brother in the match. Russell Evans, who was once on the Trent Bridge staff, will open the batting for the Minor Counties.
Surrey, who play Kent at Canterbury, will be without Mark Butcher, who has Achilles tendon trouble. They are also awaiting the result of fitness tests on their England players Graham Thorpe (arm) and Joey Benjamin (shoulder). Kent will give Aravinda De Silva his debut, but will wait to check on conditions before deciding on the rest of their line-up.
Sussex have added Jason Lewry to their squad on the strength of his taking a hat-trick for the second XI.Reuse content