General News | 28th June 2008
Swann Returns For Hampshire Trip
Notts will be boosted by the return of England all-rounder Graeme Swann when they face Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in the LV County Championship from Sunday.
Swann was the pick of the England bowlers in Saturday’s series-deciding defeat to New Zealand with 2-33 from ten overs and his influence could be crucial as Mick Newell’s side plot a return to the top of the table after a disappointing end to their Twenty20 Cup campaign.
“Quite simply, we didn’t bat well enough in Twenty20 and while I never expected us to win every game, the defeat against Leicestershire proved to be a turning point for us because we had put ourselves in a strong position ahead of the game,” said Newell.
“We have to make a quick transition to four day cricket which I value as the most important competition to win.
“Will Jefferson hit the ball very well in Twenty20 and we’ll be looking to him and Matt Wood to provide a solid start to our batting.
“I’ll never say never but it’s likely that Chris Cairns has played his last game for us but Andre’s involvement gives us another bowling option and we’ll be looking for a big effort from Mark Wagh who has had a good rest.”
Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad are not available for Notts and although Hampshire’s Kevin Pietersen won’t be involved, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Chris Tremlett should play for the home side.
“Hampshire will have taken a lot of confidence from beating Durham but we’re hopeful that we can perform well get points from the fixture,” said Newell.
“There isn’t much between the teams in the Championship and we could conceivably lie first or ninth after the game.”
Notts team to face Hampshire: Will Jefferson, Matt Wood, Mark Wagh, Adam Voges, Samit Patel, Chris Read (Capt), Graeme Swann, Paul Franks, Andre Adams, Charlie Shreck, Darren Pattinson