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Warwickshire Captain to undergo back surgery

Jim Troughton, in action batting for Warwickshire Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Warwickshire County Cricket Club Captain, Jim Troughton, will be ruled out of a pre-season tour to Barbados after undergoing a back operation next week.

Director of Cricket at Warwickshire, Dougie Brown, said:

"After missing the latter part of the 2013 season with an injury to his lower back, Jim has been taking a full part in the team’s pre-season programme since we returned to training in November. However after suffering further discomfort it is clear that he now needs to undergo an operation...

... Whilst it is frustrating to lose Jim, we must give him the best possible chance of regaining full fitness as soon as possible. His absence will give some of our young batsmen more time in the middle whilst we are in Barbados and help them challenge for a place in the starting eleven."

Bears can unite city with t20 final to look forward to

The newly-named Birmingham Bears can help bring the local communities together, says Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council:

The Birmingham Bears t20 team is an incredibly exciting proposition that can unite sports fans across the city on Friday evenings next summer... I’m looking forward to seeing people get behind the Bears and hopefully roar them on to a Finals Day at Edgbaston in August.

Edgbaston is currently the home of the NatWest t20 Blast Finals Day for the next three summers, with the event scheduled to be staged on the Birmingham Bears home-turf in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham added:

Birmingham has a reputation for hosting some of the most compelling tournaments in sport... About a quarter of our visitors come here because they are attending or participating in a sports event... The new t20 matches will provide another opportunity to showcase both the revamped stadium and the city as a whole.

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Warwickshire CCC will not lose identity says chief

After the announcement that Warwickshire County Cricket Club's t20 side will be known as the Birmingham Bears for next years t20 Blast tournament, Chief Executive Colin Povey, says the club are looking to entice a wider audience:

Birmingham and Edgbaston has been the Club’s home since 1886 and we believe that adopting the Birmingham Bears name for the NatWest t20 Blast presents a great opportunity for us to engage even more closely with fans living and working at the heart of the City

He was also keen to stress though, that the club would not be losing its identity, going on to say that:

Despite our t20 name change, we will continue to maintain the proud history of the Club and play under the Warwickshire banner in the other two more traditional formats.

The newly-named Bears will open their campaign at home to Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23 May 2014.

Birmingham Bears is new name for Warwickshire in t20

Warwickshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that its team in next season’s Natwest t20 Blast tournament will be known as the Birmingham Bears.

The name in previous years for the county’s one-day team has been the Warwickshire Bears.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

The side with the new name will play seven t20 tournament matches at Edgbaston, five of which will be Friday evenings..

Their 2014 campaign will begin at home to Yorkshire Vikings on Friday May 23.

Edgbaston is also set to host the tournament finals day in August.

Read more: Nottinghamshire win 2013 t20 tournament at Edgbaston

Bell still hungry for Warwickshire success despite international duties

England's Ian Bell bats during day four of the Third Test match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Despite England commitments limiting his availability for Warwickshire, Ian Bell says he remains as determined as ever to contribute towards the club's quest for continued success.

Bell has had few opportunities to represent Warwickshire in recent years because of a hectic international schedule.

He said: "Every time you get the opportunity to pull a Warwickshire shirt on it's a chance to go and do something."

Warwickshire cricket club sign summer academy graduate

Warwickshire County Cricket Club have signed 21-year-old batsmen Freddie Coleman on a Summer contract following his graduation from the Club’s Academy ranks.

Freddie, who is also on a retainer contract with Cricket Scotland, is currently studying at Oxford Brooks University and joined the Bears set-up five years ago following a trial with the Club.

“We’ve got a close relationship with Cricket Scotland and they suggested that we take a closer look at Freddie because he has many of the attributes to achieve success at the top level; ability, temperament, good team man and he’s prepared to work very hard."

– Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC

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Warwickshire cricket star signs to New Zealand

Jeetan Patel
Jeetan Patel Credit: PA Pictures

Jeetan Patel has signed a new deal to be Warwickshire's overseas player in 2013.

The 32-year-old returned for his third season at Edgbaston in 2012 and played a key role in the Bears' success.

He took 51 wickets which helped him to secure a call-up to New Zealand's Test Match squad for their tour of India.

Patel will join up with the Warwickshire squad ahead of their defence of the LV County Championship, which begins at Edgbaston against Derbyshire on Wednesday 10th April 2013.

Warwickshire Cricket Club at Buckingham Palace

Warwickshire Cricket Club with the Duke of Edinburgh Credit: Simon Williams Photography

Warwickshire Cricket Club were officially presented with the LV County Championship Trophy and their medals earlier today by The Duke of Edinburgh in a ceremony at Buckingham palace.

Jim Troughton, Warwickshire Captain, said: "The opportunity to be here at Buckingham Palace today and to meet The Duke of Edinburgh is a great honour and reward for what's been a fantastic season."

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