Bears want Bell for cup
Warwickshire hope that England batsman Ian Bell will be able to play for them in this evening's Twenty20 Cup match against Northampton-shire at Northampton and again against Glamorgan at Swansea tomorrow..
Warwickshire hope that England batsman Ian Bell will be able to play for them in this evening's Twenty20 Cup match against Northampton-shire at Northampton and again against Glamorgan at Swansea tomorrow.
Bell was drafted into England's oneday squad for the triangular series against Australia and Bangladesh yesterday as cover for Michael Vaughan who has a groin injury.
But Warwickshire are hopeful that England will still release bell to play in their next two Twenty20 games even if he has to report back for international duty for Sunday's game against Bangladesh at Headingley.
England allowed Bell to play in Warwickshire's opening Twenty20 game against Worcestershire at New Road on wednesday evening before he travelled north to link up with the national squad at Chester-le-Street.
Warwickshire will give a fitness test to batsman Jim troughton before they finalise their side for this evening's game. Troughton suffered a side strain in the one run defeat at Worcester.
Wicketkeeper Stuart Eustace, who made his competitive debut at Worcester, will keep his place for at least the next two games and he may play in all of Warwickshire's eight group matches in the competition.
Tony Frost, the county's senior wick-etkeeper following the sacking of Keith Piper for drugs-taking, has bruised hands and he is likely to be rested before the Championship cricket resumes next month.
Warwickshire will also keep left-handed batsmen Ian Westwood and Moeen Ali in their Twenty20 squad for at least the next week to give them valuable experience of being involved in the senior squad.