County news September 13, 2013

Broad, Swann available for YB40 final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have both been made available for Nottinghamshire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final on September 21.

Broad and Swann were both rested from England's ODI series against Australia but could play one final match this summer if Notts decide to select them for the Lord's showpiece against Glamorgan.

The issue of selecting England players for county duty is a contentious one. Swann has only played twice in the YB40 this season while Broad did not appear in the group stages or semi-final. But both players have been included in a 15-man squad for the final and will travel to Durham next week for Notts' penultimate County Championship match to train alongside their team-mates.

In 2007, Warwickshire declined to select Ian Bell when he was released by England for their Friends Provident semi-final with Hampshire and there is a school of thought that it is only fair in high profile matches to stick with the players who regularly appear for their county.

Swann's two appearances in the YB40 both came in victories in Group A at the start of May. He sent down seven overs for just 15 runs and also removed Steven Crook as Notts easily defended 287 against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Three days later he went wicketless but his eight over spell cost only 24 as Kent were restricted to 220 for 6. Notts went on to win via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Notts finished top of Group A before brushing aside Somerset in the semi-final at Trent Bridge. They are highly fancied to beat Glamorgan at Lord's.