AOC Interview Keith Barker


All Out Cricket's Chris Airey recently caught up with Bears all-rounder Keith Barker about his and the Bears excellent start to the season.

Warwickshire allrounder Keith Barker is confident Warwickshire can go one better than last season – when they were pipped to the County Championship by Lancashire – and lift the title for the first time since 2004.

The Bears have made a strong start to the campaign, winning three and drawing one of their first three Championship fixtures, and Barker has played a key role in their success, revelling in his new role as an opening bowler by taking three wickets in a nail-biting win over Somerset before claiming his maiden first-class five-wicket haul against Lancashire in a five-wicket victory at Liverpool.

A second and third five-fer swiftly followed against Durham and the left-armer says he and the team are full of confidence. “Obviously bar the injuries [to Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin], the season so far couldn’t have gone better. It has been a great start.

“We have been in situations when we didn’t know how the result would go, it has been a bit close at times, but we managed to dig deep and get the results we needed. Last year we could have done with fighting it out a bit more but if it keeps going like this then I think we can have a very good season.

“We are always seen as underdogs but we don’t really mind that as the limelight is off us. We just go about our business and hopefully creep by without anyone seeing us. As long as we concentrate on our game and what we are good at, then I don’t see any reason why we can’t be up there again at the end of the season.”

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