Tom Moody available for Worcestershire

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Worcestershire have been boosted by the news that Tom Moody will be available for the whole of the forthcoming season, after being overlooked for the Australia A tour of England this summer. Graeme Hick has also reported fit for training, following his recovery from a back injury which cut short his Ashes tour.

Essex have appointed Nasser Hussain as vice-captain to the new skipper, Paul Prichard, for the forthcoming county championship season.

Wasim Akram has refused to play in the limited-overs Asia Cup in Sharjah which begins today, because Pakistan's cricket chiefs have refused to allow him to share a hotel room with his wife.

Richie Richardson will open the batting for the West Indies in the second Test against Australia in Antigua, after the selectors dropped Sherwin Campbell in favour of middle-order batsman Keith Arthurton.

WEST INDIES SQUAD: R B Richardson (capt), S C Williams, B C Lara, C L Hooper, J C Adams, K L T Arthurton, J R Murray (wkt), S Chanderpaul, C E L Ambrose, C A Walsh, W K M Benjamin, K C G Benjamin, R Dhanraj.