Player of last year Carter set for Warwicks return

Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter is set to make his first appearance of the season in the Friends Life t20 opener against Durham at Chester-le-Street on June 2.

Carter suffered a pelvic injury bowling in the indoor nets at Edgbaston in March and he has spent the first two months of the season recuperating and building up his fitness.

The 36-year-old, who was the Professional Cricketers’ Association player of the year in 2010, played in Warwickshire’s internal Twenty20 practice matches earlier in the week.

Carter has now been named in the squad for the matches against Durham and against Yorkshire at Headingley on Friday June 3 but all-rounder Chris Woakes and slow left-armer Ant Botha have been given more time to recover from their injuries.

England one-day international Woakes has not played for a month because of sore shins and Botha has been out of action since late April having sustained a knee ligament injury in the Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat by Hampshire which required surgery.

Warwickshire will re-assess Woakes and Botha before the Twenty20 Cup match against Northamptonshire at Edgbaston on June 5.

Rookie left-armer Chris Metters, who took six wickets on his County Championship debut against Worcestershire, is set to make his Twenty20 debut against Durham.

New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel is back with Warwickshire for his second stint as their overseas player for the duration of the Friends Life t20.

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