Red ball cricket is returning.
And there’s little time for the players to iron their whites.
The Bears host Somerset in the County Championship on Sunday, just 48 hours after a trip to Emirates Old Trafford to face Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality Blast.
Jim Troughton’s side have played 10 matches in the T20 competition with four more to go, including a key local derby against the Worcestershire Rapids at Edgbaston on Friday 23rd August.
But all eyes quickly turn to the Championship where the Bears have an opportunity to pick up valuable points against the Taunton outfit.
“It’s a big game against one of the two best teams in the league so far,” said Troughton.
“Having returned from Old Trafford we’ll have an afternoon session with the red ball.
“We’ve got guys coming back from injuries and we’re coming off the back of a lot of T20 cricket, so transferring those skills and putting out a strong, fit side is the main challenge.
“Batters need to find a way of understanding where their off stump is again, getting used to batting time and changing their mindset, whilst for bowlers it’s about lengths and repetition.
“Players who haven’t been involved in the white ball format have played a game this week with Ambrose and Yates being two of them.
“But Somerset are going to be similar to us and they’re also going to have to make that transition.
“Hopefully we can put out a really strong eleven at home and the team that makes the better change will dominate the game.”
With four games remaining and 38 points clear of Nottinghamshire, points are vital.
A victory over Somerset will go a long way to securing safety, especially with a fixture at Trent Bridge in September.
“Strong results in these four games, including a match away at Notts which is almost a double pointer, will set us up.
“You don’t want to be dragged in looking behind you and figuring what points you need.
“We were really challenged mentally, physically and squad wise during our run of five games on the road.
“But if we put in the same kind of effort and mindset in our red ball cricket then we’ll put ourselves in a good position.”