A TRIO of pace bowlers have been withdrawn by England from today's Yorkshire v Durham meeting in the Royal London Cup tie at Headingley.

Graham Onions comes into the Durham squad to replace Mark Wood, while Yorkshire have opted for Ben Coad and spinner Karl Carver in place of Liam Plunkett and David Willey.

The hosts are still able to call on Joe Root, David Bairstow and Adil Rashid, who are also in the England squad to face Ireland at Bristol on Friday and Lord's on Sunday.

Although he hasn't played, Barry McCarthy was in Durham's squad for the first two matches and has now been withdrawn by Ireland.

His place goes to left-arm spinner George Harding in the expectation that the pitch will turn as Carver gives Yorkshire a third spinner alongside Rashid and Azeem Rafiq.

Those two took six wickets between them in Monday's win against Lancashire at the same venue, which followed an equally impressive victory over Nottinghamshire.

The match pits the country's two most in-form batsmen against each other in opposing skippers Gary Ballance and Keaton Jennings.

After his 139 at Edgbaston on Monday, Jennings said: “I don't think I have played better in one-day cricket.

“Scoring runs against Warwickshire, with the quality of bowlers they have, is quite special. I was pleased with the way I started the innings. I think generally in the past I have got my tempo wrong up front.

“But Stephen Cook took quite a lot of pressure off me, playing the way he did, and the partnerships we had all the way through were really important.

“Over the last 18 months to two years I have put quite a lot of graft in with the coaching staff and my family. I'm really thankful that it's worked.”

Only three players have made higher one-day scores for Durham. Ben Stokes leads the way with 164 and 150 not out, John Morris made 145 at Grace Road in 1995 and Phil Mustard hit 143 against Surrey at Riverside in 2012.

When the sides met at Emirates Riverside in this competition last year, it took an innings of 92 by Tim Bresnan to keep Yorkshire in contention. But they fell 15 runs short of Durham's 281 for nine.

Both teams won at home in the NatWest T20 Blast group matches, but Durham triumphed by seven runs in the semi-final, when Wood's four for 25 ripped the heart out of Yorkshire.