Bears: We ig­nored the warn­ing signs

Paul Bolton dis­cov­ers that War­wick­shire are of­fer­ing no ex­cuses for their drop to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion

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War­wick­shire first team coach Jim Troughton has ad­mit­ted that his play­ers face a year of hard graft if they are to have any chance of re­turn­ing to Di­vi­sion One of the County Cham­pi­onship at the first time of ask­ing.

Af­ter a decade of suc­cess in which they won all three do­mes­tic tro­phies, War­wick­shire have been the top flight’s whip­ping boys this sea­son and will play Sec­ond Di­vi­sion cricket for the first time since 2008 next year.

A post mortem into why a Bears squad that in­cludes for­mer Test play­ers Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Tim Am­brose and Boyd Rankin fared so poorly will take place in the com­ing weeks but Troughton says his play­ers have been hon­est in their as­sess­ment of a wretched sea­son.

“The first thing the se­nior guys said af­ter rel­e­ga­tion was con­firmed af­ter the Es­sex match was, ‘make no bones about it, we de­serve to be where we are right now’,” Troughton said.

“We have no right to say, ‘oh, we have to go here or we have to go there next sea­son’. We are where we de­serve to be and we are go­ing to have to re­spect the di­vi­sion we are go­ing into and we are go­ing to have to play well if we want to come straight back up.

“I don’t think any of the play­ers in this group think it’s a given that we will come straight back up. We are go­ing to have to work ex­tremely hard and play good cricket con­sis­tently if we are go­ing to have any chance of do­ing that.”

War­wick­shire have al­ready started re­gen­er­at­ing their age­ing squad by bring­ing in Do­minic Si­b­ley from Sur­rey, Adam Hose from Som­er­set and Will Rhodes from York­shire and in­tro­duc­ing some of their home­grown young­sters but Troughton acknowledges that it is a process that should have started some time ago.

“Our Cham­pi­onship cricket has been frus­trat­ing, very dis­ap­point­ing, but, if you look at it, the warn­ing signs were there for a cou­ple of sea­sons,” he said.

“There was a bit of, ‘well, let’s see what hap­pens’, rather be­ing proac­tive and recog­nis­ing that if we are stand­ing still and other sides are start­ing to im­prove then we are ef­fec­tively go­ing back­wards.

“At the be­gin­ning of the year the chief ex­ec­u­tive asked me what was my big­gest fear and it was that we weren’t where we used to be in four-day cricket and you get shown up for that.”

PIC­TURE: Getty Im­ages

Lead­er­ship team: War­wick­shire’s Jonathan Trott, Jim Troughton and Ian Bell. Inset: Hamp­shire saviour James Vince

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