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Disappointment as Onions is ruled out
DURHAM yesterday suffered a big setback when Graham Onions was ruled out of their next two LV County Championship matches.
Following advice from a surgeon he misses the home game against Surrey, starting tomorrow, and next week's match against Yorkshire at Scarborough because of his broken finger.
With Ben Stokes on England Lions duty and Callum Thorp nursing a hamstring injury, Durham are without three of the five seamers they have rotated in the first team this season.
Left-armer Jamie Harrison will make his first appearance of the season, sharing the new ball with Chris Rushworth, with Mark Wood in support, while all-rounder Usman Arshad could make his championship debut.
As off-spinner Ryan Buckley is also injured, Gareth Breese is also in the squad as Durham attempt to bounce back after recent disappointments.
There is better news, however, of Geoff Cook, who will resume some coaching duties alongside Jon Lewis tomorrow. After being on the critical list for three days following his heart attack two months ago he was not expected to be back so soon.
After losing their last four-day game at Lord's, Durham slipped below Middlesex into fourth place and will be looking to end the season with a similar run to last year, when they won five of the last six games.
When the sides met at the Oval in early May, Durham won by five wickets on a dry, used pitch designed to suit Surrey's veteran spinners Gareth Batty and Gary Keedy.
Batty is expected to be back in action after being suspended from
Twenty20 finals day following an altercation with Somerset's Peter Trego.
Following their 102-run thrashing by Northants in the T20 final, Surrey will be desperate to record their first championship win as they lie next to the bottom.
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