Nottinghamshire’s squad depart for South Africa today as they continue their preparations for the coming season.

The squad have been together for a week of fitness work in the UK and will be heading to Pretoria for a fortnight of warm weather training and outdoor practice.

Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “This trip gives us the opportunity to get some warm weather practice in outdoor nets, do some fielding drills and generally start to work together as a team ahead of the start of the season.

“While we also be playing some matches, we regard it as more of a training camp. The serious match practice will come when we return home.”

As well as senior first team players, young seamers Luke Fletcher, Ian Saxelby and Andrew Carter have a chance to impress as part of the squad.

Missing are England trio Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom and Graeme Swann, as well as Charlie Shreck, who is playing first-class cricket for Wellington, and Mark Footitt, who is recovering from a minor back operation.

Squad: Jefferson, Wood, Wagh, Shafayat, Patel, Hales, Read, Ealham, Franks, Clough, Ferley, Harris, Fletcher, Saxelby, Carter.