Younis Khan should be a good choice as overseas player – he will need to be as apart from him the batting looks weak despite the arrival of Ireland captain William Porterfield. Chris Woakes impressed for England in Australia and should get even better this season.
Imran Tahir’s move to Hampshire is a huge loss and with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell only likely to play the odd game, Woakes also likely to be in England’s limited overs squads and stalwart Neil Carter injured, the Bears look extremely vulnerable. New captain Jim Troughton has a real challenge on his hands.
Chris Woakes really came on last summer with both bat and ball and looks like a probable England Test and limited overs cricketer.
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Doom and gloom all round – the prospects for staying in Division 1 hardly look optimistic.
8th – it’s hard to make a case for Warwickshire to survive
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