Warwickshire may be forced into reviewing their policy of producing pitches for leg-spinner Imran Tahir after they slumped to their third defeat at Edgbaston this season against Somerset.
The county made a policy decision to produce more result pitches this season after a series of tedious high-scoring home draws in recent seasons. But it is a policy that has backfired.
Warwickshire have lost the toss in all five of their home County Championship matches so far and would have lost four of them had rain not washed out the final day against Durham.
Imran has prospered on the dry surfaces but so have visiting bowlers, notably Somerset slow left-armer Murali Kartik who took eleven wickets in the match.
“We have got an overseas leg spinner so we wanted to get him in the game. We have got him some wickets,” said director of cricket Ashley Giles.
“But we have lost this game, we were on the wrong end of the Durham game and against Lancashire the ball swung around corners.
“We will have a look at the wickets running into the second half with regards to playing against certain opposition and what their strengths might be as well.
“We knew that Kartik got wickets against us down there but the toss could have made a difference in this game. It’s up to the opposition what they prepare when we go away. But we have a pretty good seam attack.
“If you look at this stage compared to last year we had a lot of draws and the batting averages were through the roof, but the bowling averages were pretty average or poor.
“It’s the complete opposite this year, with results all the way but a lot of defeats which is not good. The bowlers, if you look through their figures, have been quite happy but our batting averages have been pretty poor.
“We have got to get that balance right. We have got to win a couple of games in this next half of the season.”
Despite Warwickshire’s batting problems, Giles said that he has no intention of bringing in a full-time batting coach. At the moment Giles, assistant coach Dougie Brown and former Second XI coach Neal Abberley, who works on a part-time basis, share the responsibility for looking after the batsmen.
“I like to deal with a lot of that and Dougie does with the second team,” Giles said. “I think a lot of it has been down to our mental approach more than anything.
“I think I can vouch for having a pretty good idea of what kind of mental approach you need for batting. I think we need some honesty about where we are. The biggest thing we have faced is at times making poor decisions.
“Maybe because we are low on confidence we have been looking for things and played shots that weren’t necessary.”