South African left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe is to make his home debut for Essex when they attempt to get their LV= County Championship campaign off the ground against Glamorgan.
They currently sit at the bottom of Division Two with two losses and one draw and they make one change from the side which drew with Northamptonshire as quick bowler Maurice Chambers replaces Reece Topley, who returns to school.
"It was nice that we were able to come away from the Northants game with some positives and this gives us confidence to take into the game with Glamorgan," head coach Paul Grayson said.
"Cookie (Alastair Cook) and Jaik (Mickleburgh) both scored centuries and then Walks (Matt Walker) and Mark (Pettini) batted well on the last day to take us through to the draw.
"On the early evidence of results and performances so far, this division looks to have all the makings of being closely-contested. Anyone who thought that because we had just been relegated, we were going to absolutely dominate this division and go straight back-up are kidding themselves.
"There are some good sides in this division. Look at Kent for example, they had five or six internationals in their side then we had a tough game against Middlesex who have got a good bowling outfit. Northants are a well-balanced side also and it won’t be easy against Glamorgan.
"We will have to be playing our best cricket if we want to win this match. "We will be without Reece Topley who is back at school and Maurice Chambers will come in for him. This will probably be the only change from the side that drew with Northants."
Essex: James Foster (captain, wicket-keeper), Billy Godleman, Alastair Cook, Jaik Mickleburgh, Ravi Bopara, Matt Walker, Mark Pettini, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Maurice Chambers, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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