Chris Nash hopes Nottinghamshire will be refreshed by a break from red-ball cricket when they face Yorkshire in the Specsavers County Championship on Sunday.

The 36-year-old will captain Notts in the absence of Steven Mullaney, for whom the match comes too soon following a knee operation.

“You can’t hide it’s been a tough year for us in the championship and that little break can do people good,” said Nash.

“You get to hit the ball cleanly in T20 and the guys have scored runs in that, so it can certainly get their confidence back and we can take that through to the championship.

“Steve’s (Mullaney) had an operation. He did everything he could to get back, but he’s not going to be quite ready for it.

“I did it (captaincy) a couple of times last year. It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing. It’s just a case of carrying on what Mull does, but with my twist as well.

“I’ve played at Scarborough a lot over the years and you always get good crowds,” Nash continued.

“They’re knowledgeable and a lot of people travel up to watch the game and the wicket’s always good.

“It’s just a good game of cricket - and that’s what county cricket’s about. I just can’t wait to get out there.”

Paul Coughlin is named in a Nottinghamshire first team squad for the first time since injuring his hamstring at Worcestershire in May. Nash is excited to have the all-rounder back in the ranks.

“We played a two-day friendly last week and he bowled, he looked fit and he’s a fantastic cricketer,” said Nash.

“He’s just had wretched luck with injuries with us, so it’s so good to see him back.

“He’s a top man, I don’t think anyone I’ve ever played with works as hard as he does. It’ll be lovely to see him get a run of games.”

Nottinghamshire squad to face Yorkshire (from): Jake Ball, Matt Carter, Paul Coughlin, Zak Chappell, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Luke Fletcher, Jake Libby, Tom Moores, Chris Nash, Liam Patterson-White, Ben Slater, Luke Wood.


There are two further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next opportunity coming as part of a double-header on Sunday 25 August. The Outlaws' clash against Yorkshire Vikings will be preceded by Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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