Lucas recovery to step up on SA tour

Northamptonshire seamer David Lucas will accompany a youthful party on the pre-season trip to South Africa which begins today (March 9).

The former Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire left-arm seamer underwent minor surgery early in the New Year after he slipped on the ice during December’s cold snap.

But Lucas has made a speedy recovery from his operation and has already resumed bowling in the indoor nets at Wantage Road.

He will step up his recovery during the two week trip to Port Elizabeth during which Northamptonshire will play four one-day matches, including a day/night match at St George’s Park, and a three-day game against Eastern Province.

Wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien will miss the tour because of his World Cup commitments, as will overseas player Chaminda Vaas.

Captain Andrew Hall will not take an active part in the tour as he still has playing and coaching commitments in Zimbabwe, where he has spent a busy winter, though the all-rounder may link up with his county team-mates towards the end of the trip.

Northamptonshire’s squad includes rookie seamer Gavin Baker and slow left-armer Tom Brett, both of whom made their first-class debuts last season.

Seamer Luke Evans will also play his first cricket for Northamptonshire since his winter move from Durham though he did have a spell on loan at Wantage Road at the start of last season.

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