Newell tips Carter to shine
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes young off-spinner Matt Carter will be a beneficiary of promotion to the top flight of the County Championship.
So far the 21-year-old has played just five first-class matches for the midlands club.
However, Newell anticipates that number being added to significantly in 2018 after Carter signed a new contract at Trent Bridge.
"Matt's opportunities have been limited in the season just finished, but, going into Division One, there are certain grounds where we might want to play two spinners, so he'll be an important member of our squad," Newell said.
"It's a little bit difficult for him sometimes at Trent Bridge, because they generally aren't spin-friendly pitches, but away from here we can see more opportunities for him going forward."
His most obvious success is likely to come at Taunton where Somerset have promoted surfaces that offer turn and bounce in recent years plus the Oval, a traditional haven for slow bowlers.
"It's good to know the club have faith in my ability to contribute at senior level, and that they feel I've worked hard enough to merit a new deal," Carter said.
"I have to keep training hard and preparing right to make sure that when I do get a chance to bowl at first-team level, I am ready to take it."
Meanwhile, Australia are 1/100 to win the Ashes, with England 250/1 and the draw 14/1.
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