Kent will aim to extend their unbeaten home run against the last visiting county to win a Championship match in the Garden of England.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah returns for the final appearance of his month-long spell in place of New Zealand paceman Adam Milne, who is available in all formats for the rest of the season.
All-rounder Darren Stevens is sidelined after suffering concussion in the draw at Trent Bridge last week so spinner James Tredwell returns to the team.
Adam Rouse keeps the gloves and Sam Billings will play as a specialist batsman in his first full Championship match of the season.
Head coach Matt Walker said: “We want to win, we want to stay in the hunt for promotion and we want to bounce back after a couple of poor results.
“There is still a lot of cricket to be played. We have not been at our best in the past three games – although we should have won at Worcester – but we all know that and have addressed it with the guys.”
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Kent squad: 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 17 Sam Northeast (c), 7 Sam Billings, 42 Will Gidman, 12 Adam Rouse (w), 26 Matt Coles, 15 James Tredwell, 86 Yasir Shah, 8 Mitch Claydon, 14 Matt Hunn.
Northants squad: 8 Alex Wakely (c), 18 Max Holden, 10 Rob Newton, 4 Josh Cobb, Duckett, 26 Chesney Hughes, 14 Rob Keogh, 6 Rory Kleinveldt, 25 Stephen Crook, 7 Adam Rossington (wk), 92 Azharullah, 33 Richard Gleeson, 11 Nathan Buck, 26 Ben Sanderson, Atif Sheikh, 87 Graeme White.
Kent v Northants stats:
- Northamptonshire haven’t tasted defeat to Kent in seven encounters; winning four times in that run (D3).
- Kent are hosting Northants at Beckenham for the second year in a row; the hosts lost in 2016 by a margin of 10 wickets.
- Kent have suffered only one loss in 14 home matches ahead of this contest (W5 D8).