Warwickshire hopeful that Clarke will stay at Edgbaston

Warwickshire are hopeful that former England all-rounder Rikki Clarke will reject a move to Sussex and stay at Edgbaston on a new two-year contract.

The County Championship title contenders were resigned to losing Clarke last week when he suggested on his Twitter account that he would be accepting Sussex’s offer of a three-year deal rather than Warwickshire’s two-year deal.

The 29-year-old also failed to respond to a Warwickshire deadline set by their director of cricket Ashley Giles, but it now seems that Clarke may have had a change of heart.

Warwickshire’s contract offer remains on the table and, although they have not increased the length of it, they are hopeful that Clarke will put pen to paper at some stage during this week’s County Championship match against Yorkshire at Edgbaston.

Clarke joined Warwickshire late in the 2008 season after a brief and unhappy spell with Derbyshire, whom he joined as captain from Surrey in the autumn of 2007.

He has played his most consistent cricket since he joined Warwickshire and has been a figure in their push for the County Championship this season.

Clarke has enjoyed his best-ever season with the ball with 37 wickets and he also claimed one-day best figures of four for 28 in Monday’s CB40 defeat by Northamptonshire at Edgbaston.

Clarke is due to return to Championship action against Yorkshire at Edgbaston on Wednesday August 31 having recovered from a bulging disc in his back.

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