Veteran Carter answers Warwickshire’s call

Warwickshire have called up veteran all-rounder Neil Carter for their County Championship opener against Somerset at Edgbaston, starting on April 12.

Carter, Warwickshire’s beneficiary this year, made only two Championship appearances last season and appeared to be drifting into a role as a specialist one-day player after fellow all-rounder Keith Barker claimed his place in the four-day side.

But injuries to England one-day international all-rounder Chris Woakes, who damaged ankle ligaments on the pre-season tour of Barbados, and Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin, who suffered a stress reaction in a foot during the recent ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers, have given Carter another chance.

Carter, who was the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Year in 2010, will face Somerset along with Barker.

Experienced former England batsman Darren Maddy has also won a recall after he played little Championship cricket last season because of a finger injury.

Maddy also lost out because Warwickshire preferred two overseas batsmen, Mohammad Yousuf then Shivnarine Chanderpaul, at either end of the season.

Warwickshire have opted for former New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as their overseas player for all cricket this season and he will make his first appearance since last August at the start of his third stint at Edgbaston.

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