For Warwickshire, the 2017 County Championship season was something of a disaster and ended in a disappointing relegation to Division Two. Ashley Giles, Director of Cricket, the winter ahead promises to be challenging and he has acted quickly by announcing the start of a “backroom restructure”.
To look at how they matched up in terms of averages for Batting and Bowling in Division One, it’s clear to see where Warwickshire’s problems lie both with bat and ball, although their batting arguably stands out with only Jonathan Trott having anything close to a decent season:
Even with the arrivals of Adam Hose and Dominic Sibley mid-season, their batting ended scoring the lowest average in the division and scored the joint lowest number of centuries in the Championship. Meanwhile their bowling averages, weakened through losing Chris Woakes for much of the season, was third highest in the Division but below Surrey and Hampshire.
Like, their batting, they’ve struggled to get an experienced unit of players to perform at the level required (none of Chris Wright, Boyd Rankin or Keith Barker broke an average of 35 and had 54 wickets between them) but they were buoyed by a couple of breakthrough bowlers in Ryan Sidebottom (not that one) who averaged 22 for 23 wickets and Sukhjit Singh (2 5fers in six innings) after coming in.
So, who of their specialist coaches was the one who got the chop first? You guessed it, it was Alan Richardson their bowling coach. It’s certainly a twist on the logic that when batsmen fail, it’s usually the bowlers who get dropped.