Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles is hoping for an improvement in the pitches at Edgbaston after his side were skittled for 97 by Lancashire slow left-armers Simon Kerrigan and Gary Keedy.
The pair took eight wickets for nine runs between them with Kerrigan taking a remarkable 5 for 7 as Warwickshire were beaten by 147 runs on a pitch that turned from the second day.
With Ant Botha injured, Warwickshire’s only spinner was County Championship debutant Maurice Holmes which left them ill-equipped to compete.
Giles was diplomatic at the post-match press conference but it was quite clear that he was unhappy with the pitch prepared by head groundsman Steve Rouse.
“I would say that for me the pitch suited their attack too much, so we gave away too much home advantage,” Giles said. “There was obviously a lot of reliance on the toss. It was easier to bat on the first day after that.
“It dented after that. It was too much like Russian roulette. You would rather play a longer game of cricket. How did we end up like that? I don’t know, you will have to use your imagination!
“I think what I would like is a good wicket where the better side can win a game. Our spin department is a little thin at the moment so at no point did we want to play on a pitch that was going to turn square or spin from day two. I can say that and that’s our view going forward, I would say.”
The recent dry spell will not have helped Rouse who is also having to cope with a square that is likely to dry out quicker as a result of a new sand-based outfield being laid during the winter.
The pitch originally prepared for the Lancashire match was regarded as too dried and cracked but it may yet be pressed into service for next week’s encounter with Worcestershire at Edgbaston.