Jones put on stand-by for McDonald by Leics

Leicestershire have added Cardiff MCCU batsman Will Jones to their squad for a possible County Championship debut in the probable wooden spoon decider against Kent at Grace Road, which starts on Tuesday August 2.

Jones, who made his first-class debut in the win over Sri Lanka A two weeks ago, has been put on standby because of the uncertainty surrounding Andrew McDonald’s availability.

Australia all-rounder McDonald missed last week’s mauling by Essex because he had to return to Melbourne because of his wife is ill, while batsman James Taylor is playing for England Lions.

McDonald intended to rejoin Leicestershire in time to face Kent but he was still in Singapore in mid-afternoon on Monday.

With the possibility that McDonald might still be jet-lagged after his journey Leicestershire have decided to delay a final decision on whether he will play until just before the start.

Teenage batting prodigy Shiv Thakor has also been included following his recovery from the thigh injury that forced him out of England Under-19’s one-day series against South Africa.

Left arm seamer Harry Gurney will not be fit to face Kent because he is still suffering from a hamstring twinge suffered against Essex at Grace Road last month.

But Gurney is expected to be fit to face Kent in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final at Grace Road on Saturday August 6, a timely boost for a side low on confidence at the moment.

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