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Giles happy with CB40 preparations Published: 10 September 2012

Ashley Giles is confident his side can refocus on the CB40 final against Hampshire at Lord's on Saturday 15 September, after clinching the LV= County Championship.

Having your best players back is always a huge bonus

Giles' side face Friends Life T20 champions Hampshire after clinching their first championship title since 2004 last week defeating local rivals Worcestershire inside three days.

And while Director of Cricket Giles admitted his team had enjoyed a deserved celebration over the weekend, he insisted their focus would now return to the opportunity to add to their trophy cabinet on Saturday.

"The boys have had a good weekend - certainly - but the attention is now certainly on Saturday at Lord's," said the 39-year-old.

"I don’t worry about them struggling at all - they know what’s at stake this weekend and how hard they’ve worked for it."

Ex-England spinner Giles, who now combines his role with Warwickshire with that of a selector, played three Lord's finals during his career, including his final match as a domestic player for the Bears - the C&G Final defeat to Hampshire in 2005.

He also has a CB40 trophy under his belt as a coach after his side beat English cricket's bridesmaids Somerset in 2010.

And the 39-year-old believes his current side, many of whom were in the side which was inspired to victory two summers ago by Ian Bell and Imran Tahir, should channel those memories when they step out on Saturday.

He added: "People often say that you should try and forget the size of the occasion at these finals, but I say the opposite.

"All finals are special, especially at Lord's, so I think it's important to enjoy them and try and use that excitement to your advantage."

Warwickshire are without Boyd Rankin, who is preparing for the World T20 with Ireland, and Jonathan Trott, who has a broken hand, but are boosted by the presence of England teammates Chris Woakes and Bell.

Giles was particularly reassured by the presence of the latter, who has had a breakthrough summer as an ODI opener - including a match-winning knock at Lord's against South Africa - and is delighted to have a chance at winning a second CB40 title in three years.

"Having your best players back is always a huge bonus," added Giles.

"And there’s none bigger for us than Ian Bell so we’re over the moon."


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