Jack Manuel set for Worcestershire four-day bow

Jack Manuel
Manuel was capped by England U-19s agaisnt New Zealand last summer

Worcestershire batsman Jack Manuel is set to make his County Championship debut against Somerset, director of cricket Steve Rhodes has revealed.

The 20-year-old, who has made 13 Twenty20 appearances, is likely to replace James Cameron for the game which starts on Tuesday.

Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "James has not quite got the runs we wanted in four-day cricket.

"After the run of form he has shown in recent weeks Jack deserves a crack."

Manuel scored an impressive 48 in the eight-wicket CB40 defeat by Sussex on Sunday.

Worcestershire begin Tuesday's match second from bottom of Division One but Rhodes remains confident that, with seven games still to go, they can avoid relegation.

"We have to get back to the confidence when we beat Hampshire and Notts," he said.

"We can do that, that's what we are aiming for this week."

And he believes their chances have been boosted by results from the last round of Championship games.

"It was a good week even thought we did not play, there were some results that went our way," he said.

"Lancashire turned Yorkshire over which was terrific. I was disappointed Notts didn't beat Hampshire, but then they (Hants) have lost eight points for a poor pitch."

There will be full commentary on Worcestershire against Somerset on BBC Hereford and Worcester on 738 am and online at bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester

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