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Bears old boy back at Edgbaston

Warwickshire have re-signed former wicketkeeper Tony Frost as potential cover for England new boy Tim Ambrose.

Frost spent 10 years with the Bears before retiring at the end of the 2006 season to captain Birmingham League club Knowle and Dorridge.

But Bears coach Ashley Giles has responded to Ambrose's Test call by bringing him back into the fold.

"Tony ticks all the boxes," said Giles. "He can provide good cover should Tim be away for prolonged spells."

Tony Frost, born Stoke 17/11/1975
Career record: 3,178 first-class runs (Av. 28.12)
225 catches, 16 stumpings

Ambrose was called up last week for England's two-month tour of New Zealand, which does not conclude until after the Third Test, which is due to finish in Napier on 25 March.

The Bears then start their domestic season three weeks later with a home County Championship date against Worcestershire at Edgbaston on 16 April.

But another three-match Test series against New Zealand then starts at Lord's on 15 May, and there are a further four Tests against South Africa in July and August.

We now have an experienced and committed replacement in Tony Frost for what is such a crucial position in the side

Ashley Giles

There are also five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 game to be fitted in against both this summer's touring teams, to further limit Ambrose's availability if he proves a success.

And Giles has been proactive in arranging the return of his former Bears team-mate, Staffordshire-born Frost, who is still only 32.

"Tim's position in the England set-up is not guaranteed," said Giles. "But, until we know more about his long-term commitments, we now have an experienced and committed replacement, and an accomplished batter, for what is such a crucial position in the side.

"As a club, we want to be positive and support our younger players and we feel that Richard Johnson would benefit from more matches with the second XI before being thrust into first team cricket."

Frost will report for pre-season training at Edgbaston on Monday.

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