Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood celebrate winning the Championship last season
Captain Paul Collingwood is set to return as captain whilst Graham Onions has been declared fit to face Durham MCCU.
The pair are set to be named in the squad for the three day match with the student outfit which begins on Monday at the Emirates ICG (11am start)
Collingwood has been away in the West Indies and Bangladesh working as England's assistant coach but flew back earlier this week after Stuart Broad's side were knocked out of the World T20 competition.
A foot problem has prevented Onions from taking part in Durham's pre-season games with MCC and Kent but the Gateshead-born star is now set for a return to action.
The 31 year old took 70 wickets last season as Durham won the LV=County Championship before he spent the winter playing for the Dolphins franchise in South Africa. Onions then represented the England Lions team in Sri Lanka and upon returning, flew to Dubai with the rest of the Durham squad. The fast bowler had to sit and watch in Abu Dhabi though as the team lost to MCC by six wickets and he also missed the three limited-overs matches with Kent earlier this week.
With the new season just over a week away, Onions is now fit and ready to play in the final pre-season game against Durham MCCU. "Graham Onions looks good" Head Coach Jon Lewis told durhamccc.co.uk "I'm sure he'll be fine to go into the game and Paul Collingwood will be back to captain the team so we'll probably play a side which will be relatively similar to the one we want to take to Northamptonshire"
Durham have a record of two victories and two defeats from their four pre-season games to date. "We would have liked to have won them all to be honest" Lewis said. "I think winning is an important part of the preparation. But I'm pleased that as pre-season has gone on we've started to win, so we won the last two down at Kent which was important and we've got that winning feeling"
"Apart from the results in the games it's been good in that almost all of the batsmen have had good time at the crease and, with the exception of Graham Onions and Mark Wood, all the bowlers have had a good workout. Hopefully Graham will get that this week against the students"
Durham's match with Durham MCCU starts at Emirates ICG on Monday. Play begins at 11am and entry is free.