Dogged by injuries over the past couple of seasons, Andy Carter’s one wish for 2012 is being able to play a full part throughout the campaign. Since first joining Nottinghamshire on a short-term deal in 2008 he has shown glimpses of his potential, without being able to remain fit enough for an extended run in the side.
His first class debut was made in 2009 but an ankle operation delayed his availability until the latter part of the following season, which saw him gain valuable experience whilst out on loan with Essex.
The tall, fast bowler – whose speciality is toe-crunching yorkers – impressed during ECB nets at Loughborough University during the winter of 2010/11 and he was flown to the Caribbean to make his England Lions debut, under the charge of Notts director of cricket Mick Newell.
An abdominal strain ruined the start of last summer for Andy but he recovered in time to take a starring role in the early group matches in the Twenty20 programme.
Figures of 4-20, all clean-bowled, earned him the man of the match honours against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge but after impressing in eight of the matches ill-luck returned again. Bowling against the Northants Steelback, a hamstring niggle forced him from the field and brought another promising season to a premature end.