Rookie spin pair in Warwicks tour squad

Warwickshire have included rookie spinners Maurice Holmes and Chris Metters in their squad for their pre-season tour of Barbados from March 15 to 30.

Off-spinner Holmes, who bowls with a Muttiah Muralitharan-esque action, and former Devon slow left-armer Metters were signed by Warwickshire at the end of last season on summer contracts.

Holmes, who has played second team cricket for Kent, is studying at Loughborough University and first attracted Warwickshire’s interest two years ago when he was recommended to them by former county batsman Andy Moles while he was head coach of New Zealand.

Metters was first recommended to Warwickshire by Bob Cottam, former manager at Edgbaston and ex-England bowling coach, when he was a left-arm seamer. Metters has since switched to spin and was signed by Warwickshire last September after he impressed in the second team.

Former Surrey batsman Laurie Evans is also in Warwickshire’s 19-strong squad for the trip to the Caribbean. Evans made his senior debut for Warwickshire last September in the County Championship match against Kent at Edgbaston on a loan deal.

He was subsequently signed by Warwickshire having also played for them in the Second XI Championship final against his old county.

Warwickshire’s other winter recruit, Ireland batsman and captain Will Porterfield, will miss the county’s tour because of World Cup commitments.

Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin and England batsmen Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are also missing from Warwickshire’s squad because of their involvement in the World Cup.

All-rounder Chris Woakes is unavailable because of his England Lions commitments in the Caribbean.

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