Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes poised to return after missing Warwickshire’s draw with Worcestershire

Warwickshire 343 (Yates 104, Burgess 101) and 70 for 3 drew with Worcestershire 364 for 8 dec. (Haynes 87, Barnard 76*, Libby 75)

Warwickshire hope to have Dom Sibley and, perhaps, Chris Woakes available for their next Championship game.

Sibley, the England opener, broke his finger in the field at Trent Bridge in mid-April but was close to winning a recall for the County Championship match against Worcestershire which finished on Sunday. It was ultimately decided that fielding posed a risk and his return was delayed, but he is expected to play in the Championship match against Essex at Chelmsford starting on May 20. With Warwickshire not having a first team match next week, he could also play at least part of the Second XI Championship match starting on May 17.

Woakes is currently serving a quarantine period having returned from the IPL. He is scheduled to finish that next weekend, however, and will also come into consideration for the match at Chelmsford. While Warwickshire’s head coach, Mark Robinson, describes that timeline as “tight” – Woakes will have had little chance to retain match fitness in quarantine – it might be the player’s best chance to prove his readiness for the Test series against New Zealand which starts about two weeks later. The England squad are expected to enter a bio-bubble sometime around May 28.

There is just a little bit of doubt over Olly Stone’s fitness, however. After leaving the field due to a minor stomach upset on Friday, he reported on Sunday morning with what appears to be an infection in his big toe and was limited to three overs on the final day of the game against Worcestershire. While the hope is it is cleared by antibiotics, it is possible he will require some treatment to cut out part of the nail. It is not, by any means, a serious injury but with competition for seam-bowling positions exceptionally tough, the timing is not ideal. England are expected to announce their Test squad around May 17.

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