Warwickshire have signed seamer Chris Wright on loan from Essex until the end of the season.
Wright, 26, goes straight into Warwickshire’s squad for the County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley, starting on Tuesday August 23, and may well play in an attack missing Boyd Rankin and Chris Woakes, who will be on opposing sides when Ireland take on England in Thursday’s one-day international in Dublin.
All-rounder Rikki Clarke is also doubtful for Headingley having suffered a hamstring injury bowling in the defeat by Hampshire at Edgbaston last week.
Wright will have the chance to press his claims for a permanent move to Warwickshire during his loan period at Edgbaston having been informed by Essex that he will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires next month.
The former Cambridge UCCE and Middlesex seamer has fallen out of favour at Essex and has not featured in their Championship side for more than two months. But he is highly regarded by Warwickshire bowling coach Graeme Welch who previously worked for Essex in a similar role.
Warwickshire have added batsman Laurie Evans and seamer Andy Miller to their squad for Yorkshire and there could be a surprise return to action for Darren Maddy.
He was expected to miss the rest of the season when he broke a finger bowling in a Friends Life t20 match against Lancashire in July but has made a quicker-than-expected recovery.
He has not played any cricket since the Lancashire match but he bowled in the nets last week and is a candidate to play if Clarke fails to recover.
“It’s probably a week earlier than we would have liked but the specialist is happy for him to play and he has made a good recovery,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles.
Warwickshire lost ground in the title race with their batting collapse against Hampshire but they have at least a game in hand on the sides above them and Giles believes they are still strong contenders.
“Losing to Hampshire makes it tougher but we still have a game in hand,” he said. “We still have four games left, we are 26 points behind and whoever holds their nerve and wins games is going to win the title.”