Last season’s county champions despite a passable imitation of a South African team in the knockout stages of the World Cup in the final stages, Chris Read’s side will be looking to double up this summer.
Andre Adams was immense last summer with 68 championship wickets at 22.17 and he, Charlie Shreck, Darren Pattinson and Luke Fletcher are a strong stock of seamers. David Hussey and Adam Voges are excellent choices as overseas players to bolster the batting, Read is reliability personified and young Alex Hales looks like he could be a real player.
The batting lacks depth and assuming that Hales fills the number three position, Nottinghamshire are a bit weak in the opening department with Mark Wagh past his best and Neil Edwards not convincing.
It’s a big year for Samit Patel. If he does as he has been asked and gets fit, a place in the England ODI side is his for the taking. But will he take heed this time? Chris Read is a hugely underrated cricketer and Notts’ main man – brilliant behind the stumps and always contributing runs when his side needs them.
Look out for…
Patel advertising for Weight Watchers and Hales breaking into the England ODI squad for the matches against India.
5th – no repeat in our view for last year’s champions
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