After an amazing winter at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide and success for Glenelg in the South Australia West End Premiership, Croom suffered a foot fracture in a mid-April Hampshire second team game in Canterbury.
He’s not played any competitive cricket since, confessing: “It’s been a long, frustrating two months but I couldn’t thank Hampshire enough for all the time and support they’ve given me, to get me back to full-fitness.
“I’ve spent the last two months doing gym and rehab, four days a week, and the past three weeks gradually building up to bowling off my full run-up. Fingers crossed today goes well.”
Only four points separate the leading pair, with Bournemouth set to open up a sizeable lead at the top if they record a fifth win on the bounce.
Bournemouth have skipper Chris Park back behind the stumps.
Bournemouth: C Park, Collins, N Park, Webb, Matthews, Pack, Hurley, Conway, Denham, Woodruff, Brecken.
Academy: J Barker, W LF Jackson, T Albert, C Mumford, H Broderick, J Eckland, T Cheater, D Kelly, J Trodd, J Croom, K Khanna.