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Hall named in 13-man Trophy squad

Andrew Hall: expected to arrive in England on Saturday
Andrew Hall: expected to arrive in England on Saturday

KENT have named South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall in their 13-man squad for this weekend's Bank Holiday brace of Friends Provident Trophy qualifiers against Essex and Middlesex.

Hall, who was scheduled to undergo tests on a quad strain injury in South Africa on Friday morning, is expected to arrive in England over the weekend in time to make the short trip to Chelmsford for Spitfires' third group game.

Having lost to Surrey in their opening tie, Kent bounced back with last Sunday's emphatic win over Ireland and will travel to New Writtle Street further buoyed by their two-day championship win over Sussex this week.

Hall, fresh from helping the Proteas reach the World Cup semi-finals, is expected to go straight into the starting line up to form a three-pronged overseas pace attack with Pakistan's Yasir Arafat and fellow South African Ryan McLaren.

Depending on conditions at Chelmsford, Kent are likely to make only one change to the side that won in Belfast, and the tough decision facing skipper Rob Key will be who to drop from a winning side.

After impressive performances at The Oval and in Stormont, off-spinner James Tredwell seems certain to keep his place and the same should be said of medium-pacer Simon Cook, who followed two consistent limited overs displays with a Kent career-best championship return of six for 35 against Sussex on Thursday.

That being the case, Robbie Joseph may be the unlucky man to miss out by making way for Hall.

Looking ahead to Hall's arrival and the clash with Essex, Kent's coaching co-ordinator Simon Willis said: "We know Andrew has taken his medical and have heard no news to the contrary, so we expect him to land in London in the early hours of Saturday.

"It'll be good to have him here at such a busy stage of the season. The guys haven't played that much cricket as yet, but we have a hectic few days ahead of us with two one-dayers followed by the trip to Durham.

"There was a bit of negativity about the performances at Hove and the Oval, but we have some new guys in the side who need some time to get used to conditions over here, a different ball, the slopes at Canterbury and different playing surfaces.

"Then we also have the likes of Joe Denly, who has to quickly get accustomed to stepping up a level, but I think this week we've shown what we are capable of and I know we'll be looking to build on that."

After Sunday's game in Essex, Kent return to St Lawrence on Bank Holiday Monday to take on Middlesex, both games are scheduled to start at 10.45am.

Kent from: Denly, Stevens, van Jaarsveld, Key, Hall, Walker, Jones, Tredwell, McLaren, Arafat, Cook, Joseph, Dexter.

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