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Comeback on his mind,Sree heads to Warwickshire

Looking to make a comeback into the national team having spent more than a year on the sidelines, Sreesanth has signed up with English county...

Looking to make a comeback into the national team having spent more than a year on the sidelines, Sreesanth has signed up with English county Warwickshire for the next couple of months.

“The contract and other formalities have been taken care of and I am just waiting for my visa now,” Sreesanth told The Indian Express on Thursday. “I will be part of the Warwickshire squad starting August 1 to the end of the season.”

Sreesanth will replace New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel,Warwickshire’s original overseas player,and during his time at Edgbaston,he will get to play a maximum of six Pro-40 (40-over contests) matches and seven four-day first-class games for his county. “It is non-stop cricket,it is going to be an amazing experience both cricket-wise and fitness-wise,” he said.

There is an added incentive to joining Warwickshire. “Their bowling coach is Allan Donald,who has been one of the men responsible for shaping my career,especially during the South African tour in 2006. I’ve got so much to learn from him,” he said.

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Sreesanth,who has played 14 Tests and 41 ODIs for India so far,said that he is also looking forward to renew his rivalry with English batsman Ian Bell though this time it would be limited to the nets. “I have gotten him twice in international cricket already so it is going to be fun playing with him this time,” said Sreesanth.

Not too long ago,Zaheer Khan used a county stint,at Worcestershire in 2006,as a springboard for his comeback to the national side and Sreesanth hopes to do the same. Warwickshire are right now struggling to stay afloat in Division I of the County championships — having drawn six of their seven games and lost the other — and Sreesanth is looking forward to pulling them out of the rut. “There is always something for the pace bowlers in the Edgbaston wicket,the conditions should favour my style of bowling.”

First published on: 24-07-2009 at 12:48:01 am
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