Phillips injury blow for Notts

Ben Phillips has been denied the chance to make his Nottinghamshire debut in Abu Dhabi against the MCC next week.

The 36-year-old seamer, who joined the champions from Somerset in the winter and has previously played for Kent and Northamptonshire, suffered an ankle injury in training last Friday, and is now in danger of missing the start of the season.

Left-arm spinner Graeme White will also stay behind at Trent Bridge for treatment after suffering a similar injury, dealing a double blow to a Notts squad that was already missing Andy Carter following his England Lions call-up plus Darren Pattinson, Andre Adams, Adam Voges, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad.

“We’re not sure of the extent of the injuries yet,” said Wayne Noon, the assistant coach who has been filling in as director of cricket since Mick Newell left on the Lions tour last month. Notts have almost a month until they launch their title defence at home to Hampshire on April 14.

But Noon found a silver lining in the promotion of two more of the county’s academy prospects, Sam Wood and Brett Hutton, to take the vacant places in the party for Abu Dhabi – where Notts will play in the Emirates Airline Twenty20 tournament after the four-day game against the MCC.

Wood, a 17-year-old left-handed batsman, made a big impression on the England under-19s tour of Sri Lanka this winter. Hutton, an 18-year-old all-rounder from Doncaster, is also highly thought of at Trent Bridge and beyond, having been awarded an ECB scholarship last year.

“Sam had an excellent winter with England Under 19s and Brett has impressed us for a while now and although they might not play on the trip, they’ll have an opportunity to be around the squad and to demonstrate that they can be considered in the future,” added Noon.

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