Dougie Brown sees Tim Ambrose as a big part of Warwickshire’s planning in all formats this season.
The experienced wicketkeeper/batsman was left out of the team for a lot of limited-overs cricket, including all the Twenty20s, last year.
That was initially due to fitness concerns and then later on, when the Bears were far out of contention in the YB40, simply a decision to give No.2 Pete McKay some first-team experience.
But, now fully fit, Ambrose is keen to figure in all formats during the coming season and he is likely to get his wish, according to director of cricket Brown.
“Amby is a fully-fit member of the squad, who will come into contention in all forms of the game,” he said.
“That wasn’t the case last year because we rested Tim in T20 cricket and, after he played the first YB40 game, when it became clear we couldn’t qualify it was more important to give Pete McKay the opportunity.
“But we know how good Tim is when he is playing at his best so he comes into contention in all formats.”
Warwickshire are approaching the new season with a squad relatively lightly-touched by injuries.
Captain Jim Troughton will be sidelined for at least the first month following a back operation and seamer Tom Milnes remains out for the medium term with the stress fracture in his shoulder.
But Boyd Rankin has recovered from the hamstring and back injuries which afflicted him during his Test debut at Sydney in January.
Now it is a case of the big Irishman relocating form and rhythm after a tough first senior tour with England.
“Boyd spent ten days or so back with his family in Ireland after the Ashes but was then in at Edgbaston and working every day,” Brown said.
“He is fit and firing and with one or two things to prove to a number of people over the course of this summer. We need to get him back bowling the way he can do and based on what we have seen in the last few weeks there is no reason why he can’t do it.”