Nottinghamshire v Kent (Monday, 2pm)

Nottinghamshire v Kent (Monday, 2pm)

New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne is set for his Specsavers County Championship debut in the day-night fixture against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge (Monday, 2pm).

The 25-year-old, fresh from a fortnight’s break following the Champions Trophy, replaces Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the overseas player in Kent’s 13-man squad.

Milne said: “I’m delighted to be here. I want to play some regular four-day cricket and push my case to play some Test cricket for New Zealand.

Sam Billings is set for his first Championship appearance of the summer as he is available for the first two days of the day-night fixture against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge (Monday, 2pm).

If Billings is selected, Adam Rouse would deputise as wicketkeeper for days 3 and 4 as Billings is on international duty with England Lions. Off-spinner James Tredwell is recalled to give skipper Sam Northeast a specialist spin option.

The hosts are without Stuart Broad due to a heel injury but welcome back batsman Alex Hales from England duty.

Head coach Matt Walker said: “Notts are having a great season and are looking strong. It would be tough with a pink ball or a red one, at any time of day.

“It might be that the changes might affect them more than us, it might even help us, the ball might swing about, it might not.

“Notts were strong favourites for promotion from the start of the season but we are not far behind.

“It’s a big game in the eyes of a lot of people but we have to stay calm and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Nottinghamshire squad: Michael Lumb, Jake Libby, Riki Wessels, Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Brett Hutton, Chris Read, James Pattinson, Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball.

Kent squad: 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 17 Sam Northeast (c), 9 Joe Weatherley, 7 Sam Billings, 3 Darren Stevens, 42 Will Gidman, 12 Adam Rouse, 15 James Tredwell, 26 Matt Coles, 20 Adam Milne, 8 Mitch Claydon.

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Nottinghamshire v Kent stats:

  • Notts have only lost one game in their last seven encounters with Kent (W4 D2)
  • Kent have been victorious in five of their last seven visits to Trent Bridge (L2)
  • Joe Denly (642) and Sam Northeast (601) are the fourth and fifth most prolific batsmen in the division
  • Two of the three highest scores posted this season have been by Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel (257* v Gloucestershire & 247 v Leicestershire)