Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Warwickshire raring to make up for 2011
Warwickshire came up just short in the LV County Championship Division One, last season, and their captain, Jim Troughton, reckons the players are desperate to make up for the disappointments in 2012.
On the final day of the season, they missed out on the title after a draw against Hampshire. Lancashire pipped them to the post with a win over Somerset to leave the Bears facing a winter of anguish to dwell on what happened.
Warwickshire have enjoyed an impressive pre-season tour of the Caribbean. Their captain claims that the players are chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch and get their County Championship campaign underway.
Troughton told Sky Sports the Bears need to focus now, but Warwickshire will not be the surprise package they were last season; their County Championship rivals know what to expect. Fans may need to look to India – and IPL betting – for their surprises, this season.
"I've challenged the guys to go out there, not look too far ahead, and look after each session, win each delivery and each battle,” he added.
“That's the challenge, forget about last year, be ruthless, be consistent this year, do the basics better than the opposition and if we do that I'm confident we'll be up near the top of the table."
Warwickshire struggled in the limited-overs competitions, last season, but Troughton and, perhaps, the Betfair cricket odds, predict a successful season in the Friends Life T20, after the team reached the final of the Banks Barbados T20 Cup over the winter.