Carter call-up bittersweet for Notts

Good news for Andy Carter this week has meant a fresh strain on Nottinghamshire’s seam bowling resources ahead of the county champions’ Abu Dhabi adventure later this month.

Carter has been called to the Caribbean to join the England Lions squad as a replacement for Essex’s Maurice Chambers, and could go straight into the side – being coached by Notts’ very own Mick Newell – in Thursday’s game against the Windward Islands.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” said the 22-year-old from Lincoln, who had a successful loan stint with Essex last summer and was selected for a national fast-bowling development programme with Trent Bridge team-mate Jake Ball.

“I was all set to go to Abu Dhabi with Notts, but England recognition at any level is what we’re all aiming for. The work I’ve done at Loughborough has helped me to make some technical changes. I’ve added a few metres to my run-up and found a groove which allows me to exert less energy and retain more control. I’ve improved technically and I’m physically stronger and I need to apply that on this tour.”

Notts, under Newell’s assistant Wayne Noon, will leave for the Middle East next Wednesday (March 23) giving them almost a week to prepare for the four-day match they will play against the MCC as champions.

They have already lost Ryan Sidebottom from last year’s seam attack, and Notts will also be without Darren Pattinson and Andre Adams, after their winters back home in Victoria and Auckland respectively.

But the return of Charlie Shreck after his injury problems means they will still have five seamers to take to Abu Dhabi. Luke Fletcher, Paul Franks, new signing Ben Phillips and promising youngster Ball are the other quicker bowlers who will also travel.

Carter was hoping to use the MCC game as the chance to stake his claim for a four-day place this season. However, he will still have Newell to impress out in the Caribbean.

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