Northants host Warwickshire in the latest round of the LV= County Championship, and will be hoping to continue some of the momentum they gained from a good performance against Sri Lanka.
Northants have struggled so far in the LV=CC, and in their last game hosted high flyers Yorkshire. Northants made a great start, as they bowled the visitors out for just 136, and led by 115 runs after the first innings. However, Yorkshire came back fighting, and as all good sides do, upped their game and intensity levels, as Adam Lyth hit an excellent double century, to inspire the visitors to reach 546/3 before declaring. The Yorkshire bowling attack then followed their batsmen’s example, as they bowled Northants out for 160, winning by 271 runs.
Despite being one of the pre-season favourites to win the Championship, Warwickshire will feel they haven’t quite fulfilled their great potential so far this season, as the 2012 Champions currently sit sixth in the table.
In their last game Warwickshire faced Lancashire at Edgbaston, with the match finishing in a draw. Warwickshire lost the toss, so had to bowl first, but impressed as they bowled Lancashire out for 286, with the spin of Jeetan Patel getting 4 wickets. The hosts also showed their strong batting line-up, as three of their batsmen scored half centuries, with keeper Tim Ambrose the high scorer with 62, as they finished on 322. Lancashire were then bowled out for 322 in their second innings, with Patel and England man Boyd Rankin claiming 3 wickets each, before their batsmen finished the game on 86/5.
Warwickshire have a very well balanced side, with the bowling attack led by the likes of Boyd Rankin and Jeetan Patel, whilst their skipper Varun Chopra leads their long batting line-up from the front.
David Ripley has made three changes to the squad that faced Yorkshire.
After impressing against Sri Lanka, Richard Levi and Graeme White come into the squad, whilst Olly Stone returns after recovering from injury.
Ian Butler has a slight injury so isn’t a part of the 12-man squad, whilst Muhammad Azhar Ullah and David Sales also do not feature.