Ashley Giles is available to make his Twenty20 debut this evening when the Bears take on the Steelbacks.
Ashley Giles is available to make his debut Twenty20 Cup appearance this evening when Warwickshire take on Northamptonshire at Edgbaston.
Giles did not play in the competition last year as he was involved with the England squad, and has been forced to sit out the matches this year on the orders of the England management.
There is a case for not selecting Giles, who is not the most agile in the field and has no experience in the competition. Nor is it easy to see who should be left out, with Jim Troughton contributing with bat, ball and in the field, and Trevor Penney's experience proving useful on several occasions.
Giles experience as a bowler, however, will be an enormous asset, while his batting continues to improve.
Nick Knight, who made his return from injury yesterday with a fine half-century, will wait to see if there is any reaction overnight before deciding whether to play in the game.
Warwickshire have been reliant on fine performances from their slow bowlers in recent one-day games, and Northants can hardly be relishing the trip to Birmingham. They have visited Edgbaston three times in the last five weeks in Championship, one-day league and C&G Trophy action, and gone away the losers on each occasion.
Nor do Northants have much to play for. They are already sentenced to an early exit from this competition, having lost all three of their games to date.
Warwickshire, by contrast, lie second in the table, equal on points with Glamorgan, having won twice and lost to Worcestershire. They know that another win will put them on the brink of the quarter-finals, though Thursday's contest against Gloucestershire at Bristol looks as if it will amount to a knock-out game.