Lancashire: Junaid Khan brought in for Middlesex decider

Junaid Khan
Junaid Khan took 19 wickets in 10 games for Lancashire in the T20 Blast this summer

Lancashire have brought in Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan for their crucial final County Championship game against Middlesex.

The 24-year-old was an integral part of Lancashire's T20 campaign and arrives after Australia batsman Usman Khawaja returned to play for Queensland.

If Middlesex win or the game is drawn, the Red Rose county will be relegated.

To avoid going down, Lancashire need to win and earn at least three more bonus points from the game than Middlesex.

Bottom of County Championship Division One
Northants (relegated)0123253070.0
*includes one match abandoned without a ball bowled (5pts)

In those circumstances, Glen Chapple's side would have the most points from the two head-to-head results this season, despite losing at Lord's by 10 wickets earlier in the summer.

Junaid has recently been playing for Pakistan in their one-day series against Sri Lanka, but has returned to Old Trafford for a one-off appearance.

His only other four-day game for the county was in 2011 against Durham.

During the T20 Blast campaign this summer, Junaid excelled as a death bowler and took 4-12 from his four overs against eventual winners Birmingham Bears,external-link which equalled the county's second-best bowling figures in the competition's history.

England pace bowlers James Anderson and Steven Finn are not available for Lancashire and Middlesex respectively, but fellow England internationals Jos Buttler (Lancashire) and Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) are in the squads.