Warwickshire v Somerset: Dougie Brown says 'the season starts here' for Bears

Coach Dougie Brown and skipper Ian Bell are not short of experience in the dressing room at Edgbaston, with two other former captains on the staff, Ian Westwood (left) and Varun Chopra (right), as well as former England batsman Jonathan Trott
Coach Dougie Brown (centre) and skipper Ian Bell (second right) are not short of experience in the dressing room at Edgbaston

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown says that it is time the 2016 County Championship season "got going" after such a rain-affected start.

The combination of inclement weather and improved pitches has led to a proliferation of draws.

Of the 13 matches played in Division One so far, only two have ended in a positive outcome - and Brown's Bears have drawn all their games.

"There's been some bad weather and some pretty benign pitches," said Brown.

"The Championship season hasn't properly got going yet. You could say the season starts here."

Somerset next up for Bears

The county's next four-day game starts on Sunday (8-11 May) at home to Somerset, who have also drawn their first three games - and, against a batting order headed by vastly experienced duo Marcus Trescothick and Chris Rogers, Brown knows his side need to find more ways of penetration.

"We have had some great tussles with them over the years," said Brown. "The game down at Taunton in 2012, when we lost by one wicket, was probably as good a game as most of the guys have played in.

"I have been really pleased with our cricket in the first three games. But, when we get ourselves on top in games, we have to drive home the advantage - and that's not easy. The first division is full of good teams who bat deep.

"Certainly gone are the days when you get the opposition seven or eight down and they roll over. Over the years we have shown probably more than any other side that batting deep can turn games.

"But every team does these days, so we have got to find a way through that. And, with the weather improving, it will just be good to get in a game which can take its proper course."

Nottinghamshire the team to watch?

Warwickshire have this week's game at Edgbaston and next week's trip to Trent Bridge to play early leaders Nottinghamshire before this year's T20 Blast gets going and the fixture list starts to become fragmented.

But, as things stand, just nine points separate Nottinghamshire at the top - and one point clear of the Bears - from Surrey at the bottom.

Notts are, in fact, this season's most exciting side, having won their first game, before being beaten by Lancashire in their next game, then being involved in Wednesday's dramatic draw with Yorkshire, which went down to the last ball.

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