LAURIE Evans and Ateeq Javid are “very likely” to get their chance to shine in the championship next season, reckons Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles.
And then it will be up to the two young batsmen to seize the opportunity and nail down the top-order place they have been waiting to grasp.
Having agreed new contracts with the Bears, former Surrey player Evans and Edgbaston product Javid don’t intend to spend the 2013 season in the 2nd XI.
And Giles sees them as very welcome options to a batting line-up which next year could be hit harder than ever by Test calls. While Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are sure to be on England duty much of the time, it’s far from out of the question that Varun Chopra will join them.
“It is very likely that Evans and Javid will get a go in the team at some stage,” Giles said.
“I guess they are in competition in a way so it’s a case of whichever one takes that opportunity.
“They are good players who have had to wait for their chance so it will be up to them to take it when it comes along.
‘‘It is certainly good for us to have two players of their calibre pushing for selection.
“Overall, I am happy where we are batting-wise. There is always room for improvement but again last season we were always up near the top in terms of collecting batting points.
“Will Porterfield has under-performed in championship cricket and will be looking to put that right and I think there is still more to come from Ian Westwood.
‘‘In the end he had a really good championship season in 2012 and if he can play all the way through 2013 like he played in the second half of last season then he will be looking at 1,000 runs easily.
“Tim Ambrose is also keen to get to 1,000 runs and in the second half of last season Jim Troughton played as well as he ever has.”
A little further down the line, Warwickshire have high hopes for 17-year-old batsman Sam Hain, who they signed on a two-year contract earlier this year.
Hain was recommended to the county by former Bears captain Michael Powell, coach at Loretto School, Scotland, where the youngster went on a school exchange.
He is unlikely to figure next season as he is still very young and also his registration situation is still being resolved.
Hain is based in Queensland and has played for Australia Under-19s this year and was the youngest member of their Under-19s World Cup squad.
But, while he grew up in Australia, he is a British passport holder with an English father.