County news May 24, 2008

Warwickshire target new recruits

Cricinfo staff

Warwickshire have shown interest in Graham Onions and will be talking to Durham next month © Getty Images
Warwickshire's new era under Ashley Giles hasn't begun with immediate success and he is now starting to search around the country for fresh signings.

The Birmingham Post reports that the club have made 28-day approaches to Gloucestershire pair Alex Gidman and Steve Kirby along with David Sales, Graham Onions and Surrey's Stewart Walters. Now that Warwickshire have formally lodged their interest in the five players they must wait four weeks before speaking to their counties.

The Post also says that Warwickshire have begun negotiations with Luke Pomersbach, the Western Australia batsman who has played Twenty20 for Australia and is currently at the IPL, about being their overseas player for the Twenty20 Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya was previously lined up, but his recall to the Sri Lanka squad for the Asia Cup has put paid to that idea.

Chris Martin, the New Zealand fast bowler, is also reported to be a likely candidate to fill the overseas role for the latter part of the season. Monde Zondeki is currently at Edgbaston, but has been named in South Africa's touring party for the England series and won't be available from next month.

Four of the five English players being targeted represent the cream of county talent. Kirby and Onions have recently been part of England Lions, with Onions being suggested as a possible option for the Test squad after an impressive start to the season. Gidman has also been pushing for international honours as an allrounder, while Sales has been a prolific batsman for Northamptonshire with over 10,000 first-class runs.