Vol. 5 Num 1141 Tue. August 14, 2007  

Hoggard returns for Yorkshire

Matthew Hoggard returns to the Yorkshire side for their Championship match against Worcestershire at Kidderminster after recovering from the back spasms which have ruled him out of the Test series against India.

It will be Hoggard's first outing since playing against Warwickshire in the middle of July. He had some pain in his back during that match, but was named in the England squad for the first Test at Lord's before pulling up with another spasm two days before the game.

Hoggard's rehabilitation has been hindered by further spasms, which only last about a day but leave him unable to bend or walk properly. He has had injections to try and ease the problem and will now test his back in match conditions.

He won't feature for England again this summer - he isn't part of the one-day set-up - so will have an extended run with Yorkshire for the final six weeks of the season. His next international commitment is set to be the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, that starts in early December.

It has been an injury-hit year for Hoggard after he hurt his side during the first Test against West Indies forcing him to miss two matches. He was also ruled out of the final Ashes Test at Sydney, in January, breaking a sequence of 40 consecutive matches.