Lancashire have handed 22-year-old batsman Karl Brown the opportunity to prove himself by including him in a 13-man squad to play Sussex in the LV= County Championship opener in Liverpool.
Brown has played just six matches since signing in 2006 and is determined to make the most of his chance, either at the top or in the middle of the order.
"I think it’ll be a great game to start the season," he said. "If we can get off to a winning start, it will be a massive confidence booster for everybody around the club. Just to get off to a good start at Liverpool as well, that will be a big thing for us.
"If I can get the first crack at it this year, I’ll be pushing hard to stay in the team for as long as possible. It’s been something that I’ve been trying to do for the past three or four years and not quite managed.
"I’d probably like it to come as an opening batsman because that’s where I’ve played for the majority of my career. But if it comes somewhere like number six, where I batted at Kent the other day, I feel like I could do as good a job.
"I’m really pleased with how I’m playing. I’ve got three thirty-odds and a seventy, and I feel like I’m batting well. I just feel like I could have pushed on in one of them and maybe got a hundred, but I feel like it will come because I feel like I’m playing well."
bet365 go 9/1 that Lancashire will win the Championship and 9/2 that they will be relegated.
Lancashire (from): Glen Chapple (captain), Karl Brown, Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wicket-keeper), Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Simon Kerrigan, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Oliver Newby, Luke Procter, Tom Smith
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