Wood not ready for four-day game

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Chris Wood is not ready to be risked in four-day cricket as Hampshire continue their promotion bid against Derbyshire tomorrow.

The left-arm seamer has recent returned from a knee operation and has bowled well in the Natwest T20 Blast.

But James Tomlinson will return to the attack for the start of the latest four-day clash, while Wood eases himself back to full fitness.

Director of cricket, Giles White, said: ‘It’s too early for Chris Wood to be playing four-day cricket yet.

‘We will ease him back into it with one-day cricket.

‘He is coming back from a fairly serious injury so we are taking our time with him.

‘You look at the schedule and it takes its toll on bowlers so we have to be careful with how we use them.’

Wicketkeeper Michael Bates and batsman Joe Gatting both played in the win at Leicestershire.

But with Michael Carberry back from England duty, Gatting looks the most likely to miss out.

White also confirmed Owais Shah would be staying on a match-by-match basis in the Natwest T20 Blast, but had not been considered for a four-day stint.

He said: ‘It’s not something we have thought about or discussed.

‘Owais came in because Liam Dawson was injured, Michael Carberry was away with England and Glenn Maxwell hasn’t arrived yet.

‘Owais will be in the squad for the next t20 game.

‘He has been fantastic and hasn’t been out yet so he is a high-quality player.

‘We will see how things pan out. Injuries can happen so we will see from game to game.’