Notts Outlaws will welcome Sam Kelsall into their matchday squad to face Kent Spitfires in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge.

The young batsman is named in the 12-man squad alongside Sam Wood, the pair deputising for Alex Hales and James Taylor, who are currently on international duty with England Lions. 

Kelsall has impressed through the summer with Nottinghamshire’s second eleven, scoring 407 runs in the 50-over Trophy at an average of 50.875.

“I’ve had a decent year, I’ve been pleased with the way it’s been going,” he said. 

“I’ve scored runs in the second team and hopefully I can take my chance in the next three games in the lads who are with the Lions’ absence. 

“Franksy has created an excellent environment in the second team and I knew what indeed to do and I’ve got on with it. 

Jake Libby has come into the side, he’s very relaxed and it has been good fun batting with him. Billy Root has done really well too, and it’s nice that the batsmen are all scoring. There have been some big hundreds, and we’ve deserved them.” 

Notts Outlaws have impressed in their opening three games in this competition, beating Sussex and Glamorgan, and securing an unlikely tie against Somerset at Trent Bridge. 

In a side impressing with both bat and ball, Kelsall added he felt under no pressure, and was keen to enjoy any opportunities which arise.

I’m going to be relaxed, I’m going to enjoy this and I’m looking to score some runs. If I get a couple of scores I’ll be very happy,” he said.

“From my point of view if you’re scoring runs and contributing well in the second team then you can never be too far away.

“As long as I’m always in the runs, I can keep knocking on the door and be in place when opportunities like this arise, and take them.”

Notts Outlaws squad to face Kent Spitfires (from): Sam Kelsall, Michael Lumb, Samit Patel, Riki Wessels, James Franklin, Chris Read, Steven Mullaney, Sam Wood, Ajmal Shahzad, Jake Ball, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney.