Brian Halford
25th June 2018

Troughton ready for a fresh test as Bears head to Durham

There's little rest for Jim Troughton's side as Warwickshire head to the Riverside for a four-day pink ball clash.

Warwickshire have no time to dust themselves down from their gruelling classic of a Specsavers County Championship match in Kent as they head straight up to Durham for a pink-ball match starting today (2pm).

Having come off the field at Tunbridge Wells just before 5pm on Saturday, the Bears had a pit-stop in Birmingham that night before heading up to the north-east yesterday.

It is a demanding piece of scheduling - exacerbated by the magnificent match at the Nevill Ground having gone pretty much the distance before the Bears finally succumbed by 73 runs despite amassing their record fourth-innings total.

"It's a tough schedule but it's the same for everyone. "

Jim Troughton

"County cricketers are used to travelling and adapting, whether it's white ball to red ball or between formats.

"The good thing about the last day at Kent was that the guys were off their feet unless they were batting, but for us to compete over eight days championship cricket at opposite ends of the country we will have to look at the squad.

"We'll look at the overs that bowlers have got under their belts. Ryan Sidebottom is fresh and we decided to give him the extra few days last week to be in a good position if selected to play with the pink ball at Durham."

Warwickshire have travelled north with their lead at the top of Division Two cut to eight points but there were many positives to take from the epic clash with Kent.

"There were a lot of good performances with bat and ball," Troughton said. "Ian Bell played superbly again and it was great to see Dominic Sibley get his first century for us, which was a really good knock and sends him up to Durham in good stead.

"Adam Hose batted very well too. He showed great patience as the bowlers kept coming in hard and I was hoping we could just get close enough to see some fireworks from him at the end. It wasn't to be but the batsmen showed their skills and it's great that all the top five are in good nick.

"Credit to Kent, they kept coming hard at us on the final day but we made them work for every single wicket and even on the first day when all the wickets were tumbling we didn't give our wickets away - they had to get us out. It just so happens that the 70-off first-innings deficit was pretty much the deficit at the end of the game."

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