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Callum Jackson to keep wicket v Northants at Beckenham (Tues, 10.30am start)

Kent make one enforced change to the squad to play Northamptonshire in the Specsavers County Championship at The County Ground, Beckenham on Tuesday (6 September, 10.30am).

Wicketkeeper Callum Jackson will deputise behind the stumps for the hosts as Sam Billings is on England T20 duty this week.

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The 21-year-old former Sussex gloveman will make his fourth first-class appearance after playing against Essex and Sussex in July.

He averaged 42.50 playing for Dartford in the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League this summer, scoring three half-centuries and an unbeaten century.

Jackson scored seven half-centuries and claimed 21 dismissals in 17 matches for Kent’s second XI, averaging more than 40.

The side is otherwise unchanged and skipper Sam Northeast, confirmed as club captain for 2017, is targeting maximum points to put pressure on Essex who have a 24-point lead with two fixtures remaining.

The Kent Cricket Academy graduate said: "We need to win, there’s no doubt about that. We’ll be aggressive and attack and play a similar brand of cricket to our last handful of games.

"Beckenham offers a little bit for the bowlers and it will then hopefully turn for James Tredwell and Joe Denly later on."

“It’s vitally important to set something up for the last game."

Kent squad:17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 3 Darren Stevens, 42 Will Gidman, 21 Callum Jackson (w), 15 James Tredwell, 26 Matt Coles, 77 Hardus Viljoen, 8 Mitch Claydon, 11 Imran Qayyum.

Kent v Northants stats:

o Northants have only lost once in their last nine encounters with Kent (W5 D3).

o Kent have gone five home games against Northamptonshire without a win (D2 L3).

o Kent come into this game having won three games on the spin; two by an innings and the other by 10 wickets.

o Sam Northeast has averaged 84.1 this season; the best rate of any man to record 12+ innings.

o Matt Coles needs two wickets to reach 300 first class career victims

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