Worcestershire have signed wicketkeeper Ben Scott on a month’s loan from Middlesex.
Scott spent the first half of last season on loan with Worcestershire while Ben Cox was completing his studies at Bromsgrove School.
Worcestershire have high hopes of Cox, who made a half-century on his debut against Somerset at Taunton two years ago, but his keeping has been untidy this season and he now faces a spell in the second team to regain form and confidence.
At 29 Scott, who made his debut for Surrey in 2003, is a safer pair of hands, and he may end up staying with Worcestershire for longer than his initial one-month period.
“As a club we are very proud of the development of our home-grown young players and it is sad for Ben Cox that he has had to serve his apprenticeship in the firing line of Division One cricket,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
“To aid his development, and to give Worcestershire more experience behind the stumps, the club is pleased to announce the signing of Ben Scott.”
Scott will go straight into Worcestershire’s side for the County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on May 11.
Cox conceded 41 byes in the match when Worcestershire played Warwickshire at New Road three weeks ago followed by a further 21 byes against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.