Porterfield lined up for Warwicks debut

Ireland captain William Porterfield will make his debut for Warwickshire in the pre-season friendly against Leicestershire at Grace Road on April 1.

Porterfield, a winter recruit from Gloucestershire, missed Warwickshire’s pre-season tour to Barbados because of his involvement in the World Cup but he has been named in the county’s squad for the short trip to Leicester.

Ireland paceman Boyd Rankin, also back from World Cup duty, will also face Leicestershire. Rankin missed the final two weeks of last season after he suffered a stress reaction in a foot bowling in the second innings of the win over Essex last September.

Warwickshire will take an unbeaten record in pre-season matches into the Leicestershire match, having returned from the Caribbean in the early hours of March 30.

“It was a successful tour, not just results-wise, but also where the players are,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles. “I was very happy with where the squad are and with the way that they self-police and self-manage.”

Rookie spinners Maurice Holmes and Chris Metters took their chance to impress Giles on the trip and new captain Jim Troughton also made his mark in his first matches in charge since Ian Westwood stepped down.

“Jim did really well in his first experience of captaining virtually the whole squad since he was appointed,” Giles said.

Former Cardiff MCCU seamer Tom Allin, who is in his first full season with Warwickshire after three years on summer contracts, suffered a stomach muscle injury on the tour which prevented him from bowling.

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