Family reasons rule McDonald out of Essex match

Leicestershire will be without Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald for their County Championship match against Essex at Southend, starting on Wednesday July 27.

McDonald has been given a week off to return to Australia because his wife has been taken ill and she wants to be nearer family who can look after the couple’s young daughter. The illness is not believed to be serious.

McDonald is due to return from Melbourne at the weekend in time to play in next week’s County Championship match against Kent at Grace Road, which will be a possible wooden spoon decider.

The two counties also meet in a Friends Life t20 quarter-final at Grace Road on August 6 where Leicestershire will be aiming to repeat their victory of 2006, when they went on to win the competition for the second time in three seasons.

McDonald’s absence against Essex should be counter-balanced by the return from injury of batsman James Taylor who damaged a shoulder fielding against Sri Lanka A last week.

The injury ruled Taylor out of the Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Northamptonshire at Grace Road on Sunday July 24 but he is in the squad for Southend.

Taylor captained Leicestershire to victory over Sri Lanka A and he will also be in charge of England Lions against the same opponents at Scarborough next week.

Taylor’s inclusion in the Lions’ squad, alongside Northamptonshire paceman Jack Brooks, means that he will miss the four-day match against Kent.

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