Giles sees 'good signs'

08 September 2017 00:34:42 GMTPlus10

Ashley Giles believes Warwickshire's Twenty20 campaign bodes well for their white-ball cricket going forward.

Warwickshire, who compete in the NatWest Blast as Birmingham Bears, finished as runners-up in the 2017 tournament, fielding an XI in the final versus Nottinghamshire that contained six debutants this summer.

There are good signs for us, we are playing a different game to the one we were playing even just a few weeks ago.

Ashley Giles

"We are now playing a more modern game and 50-over cricket is certainly going that way," Giles said.

"We have seen the successful sides this year - Nottinghamshire being a great example, Surrey another one - taking the game on and we have to be prepared to do that, to get ahead of the curve rather than try to catch up with it.

"There are good signs for us, we are playing a different game to the one we were playing even just a few weeks ago.

"I am proud that we have been able to make that transition: the four guys at the top of the order have come in and done really good things."

The big-hitting Ed Pollock and ex-Surrey man Dominic Sibley were drafted in as openers, Sam Hain shifted down a place or two and alternated with Adam Hose, an explosive batting talent signed from Somerset.

"Pollock was the find of the tournament internally and we need to continue with that kind of mode, really," added Giles.

"I hope he keeps the way he plays. With experience and baggage you can become blocked so I hope he still plays with that freedom."

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