James Fuller makes his Friends Life t20 debut for Gloucestershire in the final South Group home game against Middlesex Panthers on Wednesday evening.
James is fully fit and raring to go after a frustrating period on the sidelines caused by a recurrence of a foot injury.
Skipper Alex Gidman, who misses the game, but will return to action in the second XI on Thursday, said, “James is champing at the bit and looking to make up for a bit of lost time.
“He has played some second XI Twenty20 cricket and shown himself to be a hard-hitting batsman, as well as a good bowler.
“He is not quite 100 per cent bowling fit yet, but we are hoping he can work his way back to that by playing.”
The match against Middlesex will be last chance this season for County Ground supporters to see Muttiah Muralitharan. The Gladiators have only one more group game away to Glamorgan Dragons on Friday.
Alex said: “Having Murali in the dressing room has been a tremendous experience and we are looking forward to him returning next year.
“Of course he has been frustrated that we have not won more t20 games, especially as with 15 or 20 more runs in a few of them he might have bowled us to victory.
“But he understands we are a young and developing team. The important thing now is put Sunday’s poor performance against Glamorgan behind us because we had been competitive in a lot of the games before that one.
“Losing so comprehensively was a shock and we need to get back on track with a view to taking confidence into the Cheltenham Festival and the remainder of our CB40 campaign.”
Gloucestershire’s squad includes Kevin O’Brien, who returns from Ireland duty. Jonathan Batty returns behind the stumps in place of Richard Coughtrie.
- K.Williamson (capt)
- J.Batty (wkt)