Stephen Parry named in MCC squad for Champion County Match
Parry to kick off campaign in Dubai fixture
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has today announced Lancashire spin bowler Stephen Parry in its full squad for the Champion County Match against Surrey, which takes place in Dubai next month.
Stuart Broad will captain the side for the First-Class four-day match, regarded as the traditional curtain-raiser to the English county season, which begins on Sunday 24 March at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground.
33 year-old left-arm spinner Parry, who is mainly deployed in limited-overs cricket, will be looking to begin the season strongly in the four-day version of the game.
The squad includes three players each from Essex and Somerset.
Sam Cook, Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley are the trio from Essex, who won the Specsavers County Championship in 2017.
Tom Abell, Dominic Bess and Peter Trego make up the Somerset contingent.
Warwickshire are well represented in this year’s squad, with their opening pair of Dominic Sibley and Will Rhodes both included.
Worcestershire’s Ben Cox is MCC’s wicket-keeper for the match.
John Stephenson, MCC Assistant Secretary (Cricket), said: “This is a talented and exciting team which we’re very much looking forward to seeing take on Surrey.
“This group boasts plenty of experience in county cricket and we are fortunate to have Stuart Broad to lead the team as captain. He will be able to pass on some of his knowledge to the younger players in the side.
“Surrey were undoubtedly the best team in the Specsavers County Championship last season so it will be a tough test, and the challenge for MCC will be to match the excellent victory over Essex in last year’s Champion County Match.”
MCC XI to play Surrey at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai:
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) – captain
Tom Abell (Somerset)
Dominic Sibley (Warwickshire)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Dan Lawrence (Essex)
Will Rhodes (Warwickshire)
Peter Trego (Somerset)
Ben Cox (Worcestershire) – wicket-keeper
Dominic Bess (Somerset)
Stephen Parry (Lancashire)
Sam Cook (Essex)