Warwickshire have confirmed a squad of 13 to face Middlesex in the LV County Championship at Edgbaston - starting at 11am on Tuesday 21st August - with Chris Woakes returning following his two matches with the England Lions against Australia A.
Samit Patel will train with the squad at Edgbaston on Tuesday before being released to play for Notts Outlaws against Lancashire Lightning in the Friends Life t20 on Tuesday evening. Patel will re-join the squad following the FLt20 game.
Along with Ian Bell, Chris Woakes (who are both Villa fans) and Jonathan Trott joined Villa midfielder Barry Bannan and club legend Ian Taylor to be the first to sign the Support Stan Wall, where fans can show their support for Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, currently battling acute leukaemia.
As I pondered the ideal England bowling attack ahead of last month's Test matches with Pakistan, an array of wishful (bordering on unrealistic) thoughts entered my head. Among them, indeed at the forefront, was that age-old obsession: the desire for a genuine allrounder
Chris Woakes was dropped a further twice as he sought to punish the bowlers along with his batting, whilst partner Rikki Clarke smashed a huge 6 in the final over taking our total to 158, needing just 4 runs to win off 3 balls. Two mighty blows and the Bears were home and dry.
Bears players will again be turning out to support local club's following last year's successful renovation projects at Moseley Ashfield CC and Tanworth & Camp Hill CC in 2011, which were visited by Chris Woakes, Boyd Rankin, Neil Carter, Laurie Evans, Ateeq Javid and Tom Allin.
Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel and Chris Woakes have been included in a tour party featuring eleven other members of the Lions squad which recently took on Bangladesh 'A' in a five-match One-Day series in Bangladesh, losing 3-2.
Warwickshire and England fast bowler Chris Woakes has underlined his commitment to his County after signing a two year contract extension to stay with the Bears at Edgbaston until at least the end of the 2014 season.
The 15-man squad contains one uncapped player, Surrey pace bowler Stuart Meaker. Meaker has spent the last two winters on the Fast Bowling Programme before making his debut for England Lions against Sri Lanka A this summer.
Chris Woakes played some aggressive strokes towards the end of the innings but the task was too great and despite him making forty four from just nineteen deliveries the Bears innings finally closed on 163-7 a losing margin of ten runs.
Ian Bell and Chris Woakes have been selected for both the England Squad for the T20 and ODI Series against Sri Lanka and, as such will mean that Chris Woakes will need to be replaced for the last day of the current Championship Match against Somerset.
The Festivals will give youngsters the opportunity to impress representatives from Warwickshire County Cricket Board with a view of moving on to eventually play county cricket like Chris Woakes, who came through this system, to one day play for England.