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May 25, 2007
Lee Hodgson, after acting as 12th man for England during part of the Lord's Test and taking a catch off Steve Harmison, is one of two current MCC Young Cricketers in the squad. Zoheb Sharif, who played for MCC against Sussex in the first match of the season, has another chance to press his claims for a county contract while Paul Dixey, who is on Kent's books, will take the wicketkeeping duties.
The most intriguing selection, though, is Mali Richards, son of Viv, who will line-up against the team his father captained during their glory years. Richards junior opens the bowling for Oxford UCCE and spent time on the staff at Middlesex.
"Few young players will have such an opportunity to play against quality opposition and I am sure that the students will make the most of it, " said Jayasuriya. "The match will be a big challenge, but I am confident that we will be able to perform well against the touring team."
The match is West Indies' only remaining first-class fixture outside of the Test series and will provide preparation for the third Test at Old Trafford.
MCC squad: Sanath Jayasuriya (capt), Ruel Brathwaite (Loughborough UCCE), Simon Butler (Cardiff UCCE), Shaaiq Choudhry (Leeds/Bradford UCCE), Paul Dixey (wk, Durham UCCE), Laurie Evans (Durham UCCE), Lee Hodgson (MCC Young Cricketers), James Morris (Durham UCCE), William Porterfield (Ireland), Mali Richards, (Oxford UCCE), Zoheb Sharif (Cambridge UCCE), Mark Tomsett (MCC Young Cricketers), Robbie Williams (Durham UCCE)
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