Former Northamptonshire captain David Sales is set for a return to County Championship action against Middlesex at Lord’s on Thursday August 11.
The former England A batsman has not appeared in the competition for more than two months after he suffered a hamstring injury in one of the early Friends Life t20 matches against Worcestershire at New Road.
But Sales returned to action in last weekend’s two-day tour match against India at Wantage Road and has now been included in a 13-man squad for the trip to Lord’s.
Before he suffered his hamstring injury Sales had struggled for runs and has just one half-century to his name in all first team cricket this season.
Northamptonshire will travel to Lord’s without paceman Jack Brooks who has a sore back which is being assessed by the county’s medical team.
Brooks sat out Northamptonshire’s last Championship match against Glamorgan at Swansea at the request of the England Lions management ahead of his scheduled appearance against Sri Lanka A at Scarborough last week, a match he ended up missing.
Northamptonshire have recalled Lee Daggett in Brooks’s absence and are expected to include former Durham seamer Luke Evans for a possible first Championship outing of the season.
The start time for the first day at Lord’s has been brought forward to 11am from 12 noon after Middlesex also revised the playing hours for the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Yorkshire at Lord’s on August 10 because of safety concerns following rioting in London.
The Yorkshire match was scheduled to be a day-night contest but will now start at 12 noon to ensure that spectators and staff can travel home in daylight.