Reformed Giddins Quick to Impress

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FAST BOWLER Ed Giddins' determination to live down his troubled past may take him into the England Test team before the end of the season.

Giddins, banned for 19 months for using cocaine, stormed back into first-class cricket by taking six for 89 against Durham in his first championship match for his new county Warwickshire yesterday.

He was signed, in the face of fierce competition from other counties, to become Warwickshire's attacking warhead in place of South African legend Allan Donald. A year spent working fanatically to improve his fitness and accuracy began to pay off immediately as he ploughed through the innings, finishing them off for 305.

During his Sussex career, Giddins was always regarded as Test potential but seemed never to have the application needed to make the final step into international cricket. He

chose to move to Warwickshire because he believed the club's professionalism would help his development.

Four wickets from Dougie Brown helped him give Warwickshire a slender lead - but both were outshone by Durham's John Wood.

The 17-stone paceman, who claimed only 11 championship wickets in the whole of last season, trapped Warwickshire captain Brian Lara for the second time in the match.

In the first innings Lara went for a duck off the eighth ball he received.

This time he lasted 52 minutes but

had made only 13 when he was caught behind by Martin Speight.

Warwickshire's powerful batting side were immediately plunged into trouble. …