Yorkshire are confident of fielding Jacques Rudolph in the Roses match at Headingley and will have Tim Bresnan in their side from the second day if he is not required at Lord’s.
Rudolph flew in today (July 19) and is ready to play in Yorkshire’s 3,000th County Championship match at Headingley, of which 252 have been Roses battles.
If Bresnan is released from the 12-man England squad ahead of the first Test against India he will return north to take over from his nominated replacement.
Rudolph will be available for the rest of Yorkshire’s season, in which their priority is to avoid relegation in the LV County Championship. With six games left they are 13 points ahead of second bottom Worcestershire, who have a game in hand.
Yorkshire still have to play third-placed Warwickshire home and away but their only other away game is against Hampshire, who are well adrift at the bottom.
Andrew Gale’s men complete their programme at home to Somerset, but also face Sussex at Scarborough, where they enjoyed a crucial victory against Worcestershire.
On Rudolph’s return, Gale said: “I’ve constantly been in touch with Jacques – he’s a good friend of mine. He’d had three years playing all year around and wanted to spend some time with his family.
“When he started playing again with South Africa A he got a taste for it and when I asked if he’d fancy coming back over he said yes. We put it to the board and they found the finances for it. A few other counties were sniffing around him, but he only wanted to come back to Yorkshire.”
There was some animosity during Yorkshire’s defeat by Lancashire at Liverpool, meanwhile, and Gale will be anxious for revenge.