Jack Haynes is in line to make his Specsavers County Championship debut in tomorrow’s encounter with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Haynes made his first class debut against Australia, coming to the wicket at 0-2 and making 24 which included three boundaries off Mitchell Starc.

The England Under-19 batsman also continued his good form for the Seconds this week, making an unbeaten 81 in the first innings of the four-day match with Warwickshire at Portland Road, Edgbaston.

It will be a proud day for his family including father Gavin who played for the County and made 100 first class and 121 List A appearances in the 1990s.

Alex Milton is also part of the 12 strong squad after two recent Championship hundreds for the Seconds and 74 against Australia.

He made eight Championship appearances last summer, scoring a maiden hundred on his debut against Somerset at Blackfinch New Road.

Moeen Ali returns to the squad (see separate story) and paceman Josh Tongue is back in contention to make his first Championship appearance since late May after injury.

First Team Coach Alex Gidman said: “It will be a real proud moment for him (Jack) and his family. We feel he deserves his opportunity.

“He did well for the England Under-19s, had a nice little cameo against Australia and got runs in the second team last week.

“With Milts, yes it was the innings against Australia but also the two Championship hundreds for the Seconds before that so again he deserves his opportunity.

“He has worked really hard for it and deserves his go.

“It’s great to have Tonguey available. We’ve got a lot of white ball cricket going on at the moment as well so it’s nice to have that competition for places.

“He has been bowling well in the second team and deserves his place to try and give him the opportunity to feel the season really well.”


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