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Warwicks plan repeat prescription for Bracewell.

Byline: Ged Scott

Warwickshire will look to speed up Gloucestershire's fall from grace today as they start their four-day County Championship match at Edgbaston bidding to build on Tuesday night's thumping floodlit victory in the National League.

It has not been the best of weeks for John Bracewell's supposed one-day kings, still smarting from Monday's championship defeat to Worcestershire at Bristol.

Now, having gained some sort of revenge for last August's NatWest Trophy final defeat with the ease of Tuesday night's spectacular victory, Bob Woolmer's Bears look to continue their own sudden contrasting renaissance.

After his astonishing 134 not out to slay Gloucestershire (his final 84 coming off only 44 balls), Dominic Ostler is clearly the man in form.

Equally keen to catch the eye, however, is last winter's England Under-19 captain Ian Bell, who makes only his second first-class start, having failed to score on his first appearance against Sussex in the season's final game two years ago.

Now, following a testing time as a replacement on the England A tour to the West Indies, he returns as a stand-in for Nick Knight, away on Test duty.

Bell comes in for Trevor Penney, Alan Richardson returns for Charlie Dagnall and, from Monday's eight-wicket championship win over Sussex, young Neil Carter is left out while Mo Sheikh will play if Melvyn Betts' shoulder injury has not healed.

Gloucestershire could stick with the same side on duty against Worcestershire.

Coach Bracewell delivered a Bristol tongue-lashing after his side's 252-run defeat, saying: 'We had quite a chat.'

His chief complaint is that his side are scoring their runs too quickly, by comparison with other counties, to which end he has responded by promoting 40-year-old Kim Barnett back up the order to open the innings. That means no place for Rob Cunliffe, who signed to play for Sutton Coldfield in the Birmingham League this season but has so far not started a game.

WARWICKSHIRE (from): M J Powell (capt), M A Wagh, D L Hemp, D P Ostler, D R Brown, I R Bell, N M K Smith, K J Piper (wkt), V C Drakes, M M Betts, M A Sheikh, A Richardson.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE (from): M W Alleyne (capt), K J Barnett, D R Hewson, T H C Hancock, M G N Windows, C G Taylor, R C J Williams (wkt), J M Snape, J M M Averis, J Lewis, M J Cawdron, M C J Ball.
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Title Annotation:Cricket
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 31, 2001
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