Some captains might have been ecstatic after salvaging a draw from the brink of defeat. But Nick Knight is not so easily satisfied.

Warwickshire's captain instead focused on factors that necessitated such steadfast resistance.

That's not to say Knight wasn't proud of his side's defiance in batting out the entire final day of the champions' match against Kent to secure a draw. He certainly was, but he was also concerned that such a dramatic slump should necessitate such a rearguard.

"We've had a chat about that," Knight told The Post. " From the position we were at 179 for one in our first innings I'm disappointed that we had to fight to save the game. We should have built a big lead and got ourselves into a position to win. Kent outplayed us. We were always playing catch-up and that's disappointing.

"That having been said, we showed incredible spirit to survive. We believe we can do it, whatever the situation, and we've been in these positions before and come through. Kent's bowling on the second day was exceptional. It was the best I've faced in quite a while and they deserve some credit for making it a really great game."

Tony Frost defied Kent and a difficult pitch for nearly four hours and Knight said: "Tony's a very fine player. He showed what a strong character he has, too, and, not for the first time, he's saved his team from defeat.

"We want to develop that spirit in the squad but we also want them to realise that we're not unbeatable. We can't keep relying on these performances to get us out of jail. We have to boss games more."

Frost himself was quick to praise Knight for "instilling a 'never-say-die attitude' in the team. "The importance of team spirit is underrated," he said. "We genuinely enjoy each other's company; we socialise naturally and play for one another. Nick has helped develop a relaxed but determined attitude.

"I never had any doubts about saving the game. I knew we batted right down to 11 and I had confidence in Nick Warren and Neil Carter. Besides, we've done it before haven't we?"

Alex Loudon, after his rejection of Kent's offer of a new contract caused consternation in Canterbury, played a major part in denying his former team-mates.

He said: "When I went out to bat I heard some boos and I heard some cheers. There were a few comments from the Kent team but they've all said 'well done' since the end, which is good to hear.

"Several other people played more important roles but I am delighted to have played a part in the team performance."