Thursday 15 November 2007 

Warwickshire Sign Spinner Ian Salisbury

Warwickshire have announced the signing of former Sussex and Surrey spinner Ian Salisbury. Without a club since Surrey released him at the close of the 2007 season, Salisbury, who made his first class debut in 1989, will bolster the club's spin department after the retirements of Ashley Giles and Alex Loudon.

He played 15 Tests for England and has taken 853 wickets in 311 first class appearances and has signed a two-year deal with the Edgbaston club, which was relegated from both the LV County Championship Division One and the NatWest Pro40 Division One last season

“Sals will add some much needed experience back into our squad," Giles, now Director of Cricket, said. "The retirements of Heath Streak and Dougie Brown have left the current squad light in this regard and I know a player of Ian’s calibre will be a great asset to both the Club and the team.

"He has knowledge of the game in all formats. He will be a great help to the younger players and those coming through the Academy in the spin bowling department. Ian will join up with us in January but I will be communicating with him regularly before Christmas.”

Salisbury himself added, "I have been lucky enough to play at 2 fantastic Clubs during my career and it will be brilliant to finish at another fantastic Club. It will be a new start under Ashley and I am fully behind him and look forward to playing and helping develop the youngsters in this new era for the Club.”