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Singh prepares to make Essex county cricket debut

India's Harbhajan Singh bowling in the nets at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Indian test cricketer Harbhajan Singh is set for his debut for Essex after being named in a squad of 12 for their latest game in the LV= County Championship against Gloucestershire.

The four day game starts today (July 11) at Cheltenham College.

Singh, 32, has joined Essex for the remainder of the season, with eight championship games and 7 CB40 matches remaining. He's previously played county cricket for Surrey.

And Essex coach Paul Grayson hopes the experience off-spinner, who's taken 683 wickets in all forms of international cricket, can make a big impact as they bid to gain promotion to the County Championship's First Division.

'He's a great character and a match-winner," Grayson said. 'I believe that his winning mentality will rub off on the rest of the playing squad.

'We have 8 games to go, we know that we've got to start winning matches and back-to-back wins can move you into a very useful position. As a group, we are capable of doing that.

'Harbahajan is a world-class bowler and we are all looking forward to the second-half of the season. We are positive about our prospects and we are looking for a good performance this week'.

Essex start the game in 7th place in the County Championship Second Division, as they switch from Twenty-20 cricket to the longer form of the game.

They've won just one of their eight fixtures so far, with most of the early part of the season badly affected by the wet weather. But they go to Cheltenham College having won just once in their last 10 visits.

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