Former Somerset seam bowler Gareth Andrew (pictured above) has joined Hampshire on a match-by-match basis with the Southampton-based club beset with injury problems and currently without bowlers Fidel Edwards, Chris Wood, Reece Topley, Gareth Berg and Sean Ervine.
The Yeovil-born player has taken 231 wickets in 90 first-class appearances but was released by Worcestershire in 2015 following knee and back injuries that have limited his appearances in the last two seasons.
The 32-year old is immediately included in Hampshire’s 13-man squad to play Lancashire in the County Championship Division One match.
Meanwhile Nick Compton is once again the target of former England captain and current Cricket Commentator Michael Vaughan who is calling for the former Somerset number 3 to be dropped by England in favour of Hampshire’s James Vince.
Compo made his England bow whilst a Somerset player, making a decent fist of things on tour in India and New Zealand, but a lukewarm home series against the Kiwi’s prompted heavy criticism from Vaughan who was also stating a case that his fellow Yorkshireman and citizen of Sheffield, Joe Root, should play for the national team instead. The selectors took notice and Root played in the 2013 Ashes and has since become one of the world’s finest and most respected players.
When Root moved down the order – thereby creating a higher order opening for Compo’s return – Vaughan then denounced Compton’s abilities again in support of Hampshire’s Michael Carberry who subsequently toured with England in the Ashes 5-0 battering in 2013. Now Vaughan has questioned Compo’s place once again saying: “You have to try to move the team on with better players and I think Vince is the better player.
“He’s got the right style of game that might even go to another level when he plays Test cricket. I don’t think he’s in the league of Joe Root yet, but he’s a similar kind of player.”
Compton, now back with his first club Middlesex, was recalled for the series in South Africa, averaging 30.6 in 8 innings as England won 2-1. He made 85 in his first innings in his second international spell followed with scores of 49 and 45 but after that did not pass 26 in five attempts.
His efforts in Durban helped England beat South Africa in the 1st Test, but this has not satisfied Vaughan, who said: “He played pretty well in Durban, but I don’t think he did enough. He hasn’t set the world alight for Middlesex so far this season. I watched him in the final Test against South Africa at Centurion and he didn’t look right.”
It remains to be seen if Vaughan’s public opinion’s fall on deaf ears or not with England set to host Sri Lanka at Headingley from 19th May.