Warwickshire will be boosted by the return of England batsman and recently crowned player of the year Jonathan Trott for their crunch Friends Life t20 match against Yorkshire at Edgbaston on Friday June 24.
Trott has been included in England’s squad for the forthcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka but not for the Twenty20 international against them at Bristol on June 25.
The England management have thus agreed to release Trott back to Warwickshire for what will be his first appearance for his club since the County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on May 20.
Warwickshire have lost all four of their home t20 matches so far this season and they have slipped out of the quarter-final qualifying places in the North Group.
Trott’s return should help compensate Warwickshire for the loss of all-rounder Chris Woakes who has been included in England’s squad for both the T20 international and the 50-over one-day series despite having only recently returned from four weeks out with sore shins.
“I was hoping that I may be included at some point, but it wasn’t an absolute certainty that I expected to be in,” Woakes said. “I’m absolutely delighted and really proud to have been selected.
“I started the season well and hit the ground running after the Lions tour and I felt in great nick with the bat and good rhythm with the ball.
“It was unfortunate that the injury came when it did. It was a frustrating four weeks of just sitting games out and not being able to do much more than rest. But it did give me a chance to get in the gym and do some upper body work and maintain that side of things.
“I also feel fresh now and I’m pleased to be back out on the park playing again and hopefully making a difference to the team.
“Maybe the time out will benefit me in the long run. It’s hard to keep playing game after game, as the schedule with county cricket is pretty tough and it’s hard to play every single game.
“Hopefully it will benefit me in the long run. Now that I have been selected for these England games it will make me fresher and hungry to perform.”