Anthony McGrath has been included in a 14-man Yorkshire squad for the County Championship opener against Worcestershire at New Road, with 20-year-old Joe Root also named as cover.
McGrath, 35, suffered complications in his recovery from knee surgery and was rated no more than 50-50 for the game a week ago.
It was always felt that Root would compete with Zimbabwe-born left-hander Gary Ballance for the slot vacated by Jacques Rudolph, but both might have to wait with Joe Sayers back to open the innings after recovering from post viral fatigue syndrome.
Ballance is not in the squad, so if McGrath is fit the choice will come down to Root or Gerard Brophy, who has been in good form with the bat.
As at the start of last season, Brophy is not guaranteed a place because Yorkshire are inclined to allow Jonny Bairstow to develop his wicketkeeping.
If Brophy doesn’t play the team will comprise 11 Yorkshiremen, with 19-year-old Bradford-born pace bowler Moin Ashraf again in the frame after making his mark in the final two matches of last season.
Despite the absence of Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad, Yorkshire have Steve Patterson and Oliver Hannon-Dalby to support Ryan Sidebottom so Ashraf is not certain to play, especially if all-rounder Richard Pyrah is included as the fourth seamer.