General News | 31st March 2009
Trialist Included In Notts Friendly Squad
South African trialist Kyle Hodnett has been included in the 14-man Notts squad to face Kent in three days of friendly action at Canterbury.
Notts will spend Wednesday batting, bowl on Thursday and play a one day game on Friday as preparations continue ahead of the domestic season.
Hodnett, a 22 year old right arm seam bowler, made his List A debut for the MCC against Bangladesh A in August and has taken part in net sessions this week.
Will Jefferson (hamstring), Charlie Shreck (knee), Matt Wood (ankle), Graeme Swann (elbow) and Ryan Sidebottom (Achilles) haven’t travelled as they step up their returns from injury.
“We expect Will and Charlie to be fit in time for the new season and Ryan isn’t too far behind them,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“We’re thinking hard about our team selections in all competitions and although we’ve got around nine players pencilled in, there is an opportunity for people to stake a claim particularly in the opening partnership and at number six batsmen.
“We’ve had two good days of outdoor nets and our three days in Kent will give players an opportunity to find their sharpness.”
Darren Pattinson will arrive in Nottingham on Thursday 9 April and Adam Voges flies in on Monday 13 April.
Notts squad to face Kent: Alex Hales, Bilal Shafayat, Mark Wagh, Samit Patel, Ali Brown, Chris Read, Paul Franks, Mark Ealham, Luke Fletcher, Andy Carter, Mark Footitt, Jason Brown, Andre Adams, Kyle Hodnett (trialist)