Pepper returns to Eagles squad


Michael Pepper has returned to the Essex squad for the Metro Bank One Day Cup game against Middlesex after being temporarily released from London Spirit in The Hundred.

The 25-year-old batter Pepper was selected by the Spirit in the competition’s draft in March, and although he played in their first match at home to the Oval Invincibles, he has not appeared in either of the team’s last two matches.

That has allowed Essex to recall him until he is next selected by the Lord’s-based outfit, and he has been named in a 15-man squad for the visit of Middlesex to The Cloud County Ground on Friday 11 August.