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Team Gil is just what Bears need; THE FINAL WORD.

Byline: ANDY WALKER

DESPERATE times call for desperate measures and Warwickshire Cricket Club were knee-deep in desperation as the curtain closed on the 2007 county season.

The Bears may have great tradition, great players, a great ground and a great academy but all that counted for diddly-squat during the post mortem of their terrible summer.

All the pre-season bravado had talked about trophies but the only cup the Bears squad got their hands on was a cup of tea during one of the many rain-breaks that blighted the latest campaign.

Rightfully Mark Greatbatch was given the chop but where next for the mighty Warwickshire?

They say fortune favours the brave and if that is the case then Lady Luck will certainly work her magic over Edgbaston next season because Warwickshire have made the bravest decision of them all.

Now sitting at the helm of one of the world's well-known cricket clubs is a man who has never coached, has never captained and was still clinging on to his playing career two months ago.

But while drafting in the popular Ashley Giles is a gamble, it's a gamble that the Bears bosses needed to make because things couldn't have got much worse.

Just the mere sight of the Ashes winner smiling back at the cameras at Tuesday's press conference would have been enough to give Warwickshire's members the boost that they have been craving all year.

With Allan Donald and Dougie Brown tipped to join Team Giles, Warwickshire could be kick-starting the next campaign with an impressive management setup - a set-up hungry for success and one that knows just what it takes to make the mighty Bears growl again.

Giles has a clean slate in front of him and surely he will see youth as a key to overcoming these current dark days.

Warwickshire's second team is brimming with young potential and another Moeen Ali should not be allowed to slip through the net.

The likes of Stuart Hole, Nick James and Luke Parker need to be nurtured and developed into future Edgbaston legends.

It's time for Giles to start afresh and build Warwickshire back up piece by piece.

All hail the "King of Spain" - the saviour of Warwickshire CCC.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2007
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