Giles welcomes Norwell signing

08 August 2018 05:19:32 EST

Ashley Giles says new signing Liam Norwell is the perfect fit for Warwickshire after the Gloucestershire fast bowler agreed a three-year deal at Edgbaston.

Fast bowler Norwell will move across the Midlands at the end of the 2018 season.

The 26-year-old served notice of his rating as one of the country's most promising seamers by taking 59 wickets at an average of 17.39 in Gloucestershire's 2017 County Championship campaign.

"The transformation of our squad has been talked about a lot and we have made good progress in the last 12 months by giving more opportunities to young cricketers from our pathway," said Warwickshire sport director Giles.

"But by also signing talented, young cricketers who can make major contributions to Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears for several years; Liam certainly fits this profile.

"He has been on the county circuit for six years and, aged 26, he has the potential to play a significant role here at Edgbaston for several years, working alongside bowling coach Graeme Welch."

Norwell, who will join up for pre-season training in November, added: "I'm really excited to be joining Warwickshire.

"The club has a lot of ambition, a great coaching set up and a squad that I believe can compete in all formats for silverware and be successful for a long period.

"I've really enjoyed my time with Gloucestershire, but right now I feel it's time for a new challenge to try and push myself to be as successful as I can in cricket."

Meanwhile, Warks are 5/4 to win County Championship Division Two this summer, with Sussex 6/4 and Kent 4/1.

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