Bears Carry Twenty20 Strategy into 40-Over Test; NATWEST PRO40
Byline: George Dobell
There may be a temptation to consider the NatWest Pro40 as being the least important competition in the domestic programme but Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket, insists it remains a "high priority", writes George Dobell.
Certainly the Pro40 has been much maligned in recent years but its passing will not go completely unmourned. For many, the old Sunday League was an introduction to cricket and played a substantial part in attracting a generation of supporters to the game. A staple of BBC televsion on Sunday afternoons, it Alled grounds and became vital to counties' economies. It is a factor that the England and Wales Cricket Board should re@ect upon before placing too many eggs in the Twenty20 basket.
Warwickshire's campaign begins tomorrow with the arrival of Kent. It looks a tough match, as the visitors have already progressed to the Anal of the Friends Provident Trophy and to Anals day of the Twenty20 Cup and appear the form side in limited-overs cricket.
Warwickshire spent last night looking at statistics and planning their statergy.
Decisions had yet to be made on the batting order or team selection but it appears highly likely that the side will resemble the Twenty20 unit, with Neil Carter opening the batting and the bowling attack including both spinners.
"I'd compare this competition more to the Twenty20 than the 50-over Friends Provident," Giles said. …