Wednesday 8 August 2007 

Flintoff Named In Lancashire Squad For Roses Match

After a disappointing few days, Lancashire’s first team squad are determined to get their LV County Championship campaign back on track with a victory over traditional rivals Yorkshire CCC at Headingley (9-12 August).

Cricket Manager Mike Watkinson has been forced to make the one change to the squad that faced Sussex at Aigburth, with Mal Loye missing the trip with a reccuring back injury which saw him miss Saturday’s Twenty20 Cup Semi Final.

This fixture will also be the last Championship appearance of the season for Brad Hodge, who returns to Australia next Wednesday (15th) for a Twenty20 World Cup training camp. Hodge will play in Lancashire Lightning’s Pro40 match against Sussex at Old Trafford next Tuesday and his place in the squad will be taken by Indian Batsman, VVS Laxman.

Talking about Lancashire’s current position in the Division One Championship table, Mike Watkinson says: “It’s a very tight competition and we didn’t do ourselves any favours losing last week (to Sussex). If we had won that game, we would’ve been sitting pretty near the top of the table.

“As a squad, we know if we can string a couple of wins together, than anything is possible.”

Andrew Flintoff continues his recovery from recent ankle surgery being named in the 12-man squad, with Waktinson adding: “Fred is looking good. His fitness work behind the scenes has been excellent and he is in great shape to play a reasonable all-rounder role in the game.

“He should bowl more than the 4 overs he did during the Sussex match, but again, we will assess the situation and make sure he doesn’t do too much too soon.”

Lancashire’s 12-man squad V Yorkshire: Mark Chilton (cpt), Paul Horton, Brad Hodge, Stuart Law, Andrew Flintoff, Steven Croft, Luke Sutton (wkt), Glen Chapple, Dominic Cork, Sajid Mahmood, Gary Keedy, Muttiah Muralitharan

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