PHIL Mustard lost the toss for the first time this season as Durham were put in to bat by Nottinghamshire at an overcast Trent Bridge this morning.
The Riversiders have won all but two tosses this season - and captain Mustard was missing through injury on the other occasion
The pitch, set way over to the Parr Stand side of the square, does not appear unduly covered in grass.
Durham were without Ben Stokes, Scott Borthwick and Graham Onions - all called up for a pointless one-off one-day international between England and Ireland on Thursday.
Gordon Muchall was also left out of the side for the first time in this season's County Championship. Mark Wood made - the latest seamer to emerge from Ashington - his four-day debut with the town's most famous cricketing son, Stephen Harmison, injured.
Ruel Brathwaite was making his first appearance since facing Warwickshire in May.
Samit Patel is on England duty for the hosts, who are also missing the dangerous Charlie Shreck. Former Durham academy batsman Karl Turner opens after making his First-Class debut against his home county earlier this month.
The game is Durham's first since losing the leadership of the County Championship to Lancashire last week. The Red Rose have a 13-point lead with three matches to play.
Lancashire and Somerset do not play this week but Warwickshire - also in the hunt for the title courtesy of their game in hand - are at Yorkshire for a game which starts tomorrow.
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: Hales, Turner, Bravo, Wessels, Mullaney, Read (c/wk), Franks, White, Adams, Pattinson, Fletcher.
DURHAM: Di Venuto, Smith, Stoneman, Collingwood, Benkenstein, Mustard (c/wk), Blackwell, Wood, Thorp, Claydon, Brathwaite.
Umpires: Michael Gough and Neil Mallender.