Lucas aims to shake off back complaint

Northamptonshire seamer David Lucas will begin his comeback from a back problem when he plays against Hampshire in a Second XI friendly this week.

The former Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire left-armer suffered  the injury in the County Championship opener against Surrey at the Oval four weeks ago and has not played since.

Lucas, 32, had an injection in his back on April 29 which Northamptonshire hope will settle the injury and he will play in the three-day game against Hampshire at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes in an attempt to prove his fitness.

Northamptonshire have named an unchanged side for the Championship match against Kent at Canterbury but added Loughborough University seamer Gavin Baker to the squad.

Baker, 22, made his county debut against Derbyshire at Chesterfield last season – his only County Championship appearance to date – and will be 12th man at Kent where his inclusion will give him valuable experience of being around the first team squad.

There is no place yet for paceman Luke Evans, a winter recruit from Durham, who suffered a back injury in the friendly against Loughborough MCCU five weeks ago.

Evans, who obtained his pilot’s licence during the winter, is continuing his comeback alongside Lucas in the second team.

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