Somerset set to signal Vijay, Northants swoop for Roach

Somerset are hoping to finish the signing of Murali Vijay for the ultimate few weeks of the county season.

Somerset are chasing the primary Championship title of their historical past. They’re at present second within the Division One desk, simply two factors behind Essex, with the groups scheduled to fulfill within the closing recreation of the season.

The deal is predicted to have been agreed between the membership and the participant, with Vijay awaiting approval from his state affiliation, Tamil Nadu, earlier than it may be confirmed. Whether it is, it’s anticipated he will probably be obtainable for the ultimate three Championship matches of the season.

Vijay performed three Championship matches for Essex on the finish of the 2018 season. He made three 50s and 100 in his 5 innings and averaged 64.59.

He began the identical summer season as India’s first-choice opener, however averaged simply 6.50 within the two Checks he performed and was quickly omitted. He gained his place again for the tour of Australia final winter, however was dropped after the Perth Take a look at and has not been picked since, lacking out on choice for the continued tour of the West Indies.

Somerset’s earlier abroad gamers, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, have been recalled to Pakistan in September.

Northamptonshire are additionally hoping to strengthen their promotion hopes with a late-season signing. Presently third in Division Two – the highest three are promoted – they’re aiming to herald West Indies quick bowler Kemar Roach for the ultimate few video games of the marketing campaign.

That might imply he performs towards his West Indies new-ball colleague, Shannon Gabriel, within the final week of the season.

Gloucestershire, who’re at present second in Division Two, host Northants within the closing match of their marketing campaign.