Peters wins MCC selection against Notts

Northamptonshire opening batsman Stephen Peters has been named in the MCC squad for the four-day Champion County match against Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi later this month.

Peters enjoyed a successful 2010 campaign in which he scored 1,320 County Championship runs, including three centuries and seven fifties.

The MCC have traditionally used the Champion County match to give players on the fringes of the England side an early opportunity to impress the national selectors. But that will not be possible this year as the England Lions will still be on tour in the West Indies when the Champion County match starts on March 27.

So the MCC have named a strong and experienced squad which includes Indian batting great Rahul Dravid, Middlesex’s former Derbyshire and Australia opener Chris Rogers and Afghanistan internationals Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi alongside the 32-year-old Peters.

Rogers will captain the side while Steven Davies, the Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman, and Simon Jones, the Hampshire fast bowler, are other players in the MCC team with international experience.

This will be the second time that the Champion County fixture has been played in Abu Dhabi rather than its traditional home at Lord’s. The four-day game will be played as a day/night fixture using pink balls, which the MCC continue to experiment with, and white clothing.

The MCC will then stay on in Abu Dhabi to play against Nottinghamshire, Durham, Sussex and a Fly Emirates select side in the Emirates Airline Twenty20 Trophy at the Sevens ground in Dubai on April 1.

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