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Giles - "Places are up for grabs"

First-team places will be up for grabs for some Lancashire players during the next three days as the county wrap up their pre-season preparations at Cambridge MCC Universities, starting today.

Ashley Giles and Glen Chapple have both admitted that the majority of the team for next Sunday’s Specsavers County Championship opener against Nottinghamshire at Emirates Old Trafford is fixed in their mind.

Ahead of the Fenner’s fixture, assistant coach Chapple said: “We could put seven or eight names down, and I’m sure you could as well.”

And Giles, the Red Rose cricket director and head coach, agreed, saying: “That’s probably where we are, yes. There are definitely still places to play for, and they are key positions in the side.”

Lancashire drew their three-day friendly against Somerset at Taunton Vale last week, while this will be the students’ third match against county opposition in the last fortnight.

They have been heavily beaten by Essex and Notts.

Chapple added: “It’s the last chance we have before Notts, and we want to show the same intensity as we would in a county game.

“We hope for good weather at Cambridge, and we’ll get stuck in and put in a solid performance.”

“Without being complacent, that should be enough to play against a University.”

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