Cricket: County Bid to Sign Salisbury; CRICKET: Ex-England Spinner May Replace Alex Loudon
Byline: By Paul Bolton
WARWICKSHIRE have confirmed their interest in signing former England leg-spinner Ian Salisbury to boost their depleted spin bowling department.
Salisbury, 37, was released by Surrey last month but has been approached by Warwickshire's new director of cricket Ashley Giles as a replacement for offspinner Alex Loudon who retired from first-class cricket last week to pursue a new career in business.
Salisbury indicated when he left Surrey that he would like to find a third county and his discussions with Warwickshire are believed to be at an adavanced stage.
His signing is epxected to be completed when Giles returns from a family holiday next month.
Warwickshire had considered signing a younger spinner such as Yorkshire leg-spinner Mark Lawson or his county team-mate David Wainwright, a left-armer, but they have opted for the experience that Salisbury offers. Warwickshire also hope that Salisbury might pass on some of his experience to some of the young spinners on their staff and in the county's academy.
Northampton-raised Salisbury made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1989 and won the first of his 15 Test caps in 1992. …