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Delray Rawlins has been retained in a Sussex 14-man squad for their fourth LV= Insurance County Championship match against Lancashire starting today at the 1st Central County Ground.
The teams played to a draw in their opening match this month, before Sussex won against Glamorgan and suffered a first loss of the season to Yorkshire by 48 runs last weekend.
Rawlins, batting at No 6, was dismissed cheaply in both innings of the Yorkshire match, scoring two in the first innings off nine balls and then falling to a first-ball duck in the second as Yorkshire started to seize the upper hand on the third day.
The Bermudian did have two promising spells with his left-arm spin, taking two for 12 from six overs in the first innings and then going for 40 runs off 15 overs in the second as Yorkshire posted 305 to set Sussex 235 to win.
Coach Ian Salisbury has made five changes to the squad from the Yorkshire match with fast-medium bowler Stuart Meaker returning after being rested. Medium pacer Jamie Atkins, spinner Will Beer, wicketkeeper Ali Orr and new signing, Joe Sarro, a medium pacer, are also added.
Seamer Ollie Robinson, who has already bowled 100 overs in the first three weeks of the season and is the leading wicket-taker with 20, is rested while medium pacers Sean Hunt (side) and Mitch Claydon (calf) are out because of injuries that could keep them sidelined for a number of weeks. Phil Salt continues his rehabilitation from a foot injury.
"Despite our best efforts, Sean is unfortunately injured with a side strain and could be out for a while, as is Mitch,“ Salisbury told the Sussex website.
“This game we’re going to rest Ollie. He’s bowled magnificently, but his workload has been huge and we can’t afford to risk him breaking down. There’s a lot expected of him — not just with the ball, but with the bat, in the field and as vice-captain. But he’s not a bowling machine you can just plug in. He’s a human being and he’s due a rest.
"It’s so important that we look after the players. We have got a small squad and it’s quite a brutal schedule. Ultimately, the guys that play week in, week out get one day off a week for six weeks.“
The coach added: “We need to make sure the players are ready, physically and mentally, to keep going at the intensity we need them to go at. We want to play with intensity in every aspect of the game and for every ball.
"I don’t see it as a negative thing having to rest and rotate players. We want sustained success in the future with Sussex, and so this is an opportunity for other young players to come in and get valuable experience. Congratulations to Joe Sarro and Jamie Atkins, who we welcome into a matchday squad for the first time.“