Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley says that Rob Keogh’s elevation to the four-day side is reward for his progress.
The 20-year-old, who has made a handful of List A and Twenty20 appearances at senior level, is making his first-class debut in the County Championship clash with Glamorgan at Cardiff.
And Ripley believes that it is well-deserved, saying: “He’s had a good season and made some imporvements to his game.
“In the first second Xi game of the season he was on the list to bat at number eight so it just shows how well he has done.
“He’s worked his way up the order in the seconds and scored heavily for them and his bowling is developing nicely.
“It’s a good thing for him and a reward for his performances.”
Keogh has come into the side in place of James Middlebrook who was forced to miss the game with a knee problem, an injury that Ripley hopes isn’t too serious.
He added: “James travelled to Wales with us but he’s got an issue with his knee cartilage and we weren’t sure that he would be able to get through four days.
“Hopefully he’ll be alright for next week’s game.”