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Kent head coach Matt Walker hints at seamer rotation

Matt Walker admits Kent will be 'smart' with their selection in the remaining Royal London One-Day Cup matches in light of their recent injury woes.

Seamers Harry Podmore and Matt Milnes were rested during Saturday's Tour Match against Pakistan having featured in every game in the competition so far.

Kent continue their 50-over campaign against Surrey at the Oval on Thursday before hosting Essex at Beckenham on Sunday as they search for their first win.

Matt Milnes. Picture: Ady Kerry
Matt Milnes. Picture: Ady Kerry

Walker said: "Both games we want to win, it's important we go in full steam ahead. We have to keep one eye on our bowling unit, whether all our seamers play these last three games is unlikely.

"We might have to rotate a bit to give people the best preparation for Yorkshire which is now the main priority really.

"That being said, we want to win and haven't written this competition off at all. We want to win every game, it's important we get back that winning mentality. To get that one win under your belt in the competition would give everyone a lift.

"We'll be smart with who we rest, it might be we have to do a little shuffling in the last few games."

Kent had Shane Snater (Essex) and James Harris (Middlesex) at their disposal on a loan basis at the weekend amid their wait for the return of key figures.

Walker added: "It was just the one off, a guest appearance really. We had to sort of protect some of our front line bowlers, (Darren) Stevens, (Matt) Milnes, (Harry) Podmore and (Mitch) Claydon.

"We haven't got anybody else other than those guys at the moment. Obviously Fred (Klaassen) had missed a couple of games through illness so he was able to play as well.

"With Ivan Thomas still unfit, Calum Haggett unfit , Grant Stewart unfit, there are still others carrying a few things as well, we needed to give Harry (Podmore) and Matt (Milnes) a rest really because they've played every game and bowled a lot of overs.

"We didn't have anybody else to bring in so we asked the ECB if we could do that and it was fine, it's happened before. It worked quite well really. We're very grateful to Essex and Middlesex for allowing us to do that.

"We haven't got any more bowlers to come back but Milnes, Podmore and Claydon will be back again. We won't be full strength but we will be in a slightly better place than we have been in the last couple of 50 over games.

"You can't dwell on defeats or injury, all you can do is keep pushing the group forward and encouraging them to learn and give their best on the field. That's all you can ask for."

Kent will be without Joe Denly on Thursday as he joins up with England's pre-World Cup camp, however they will be boosted by the return of Daniel Bell-Drummond, Darren Stevens, Heino Kuhn and Matt Renshaw.

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