Manuel called in as Worcestershire drop Cameron

Worcestershire will give a first-class debut to left-hand batsman Jack Manuel in their County Championship match against Somerset at New Road, starting on Tuesday July 26.

The former England Under-19 international has been called up in place of James Cameron who has been dropped after mustering just one half-century in 16 Championship innings so far this season.

Manuel, a product of Minor Counties cricket with Staffordshire and Worcestershire’s Academy,  missed the first month of the season after he damaged a shoulder swimming during the winter.

The injury was serious enough for Manuel to cut short a stint playing club cricket in Western Australia and he required surgery before the start of the season.

After a stint in the second team Staffordshire-based Manuel has impressed in recent Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and he made a one-day best 48 against Sussex in the latter competition at New Road on July 24.

Cameron began the season as an opener having made a maiden first-class century partnering Daryl Mitchell against Sussex in the final match of last season to clinch promotion.

But he was pushed back down to six in the order for his last Championship appearance in the defeat by Yorkshire at Scarborough two weeks ago.

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