Warwickshire loan move for Durham spinner Ian Blackwell

Warwickshire have signed Durham all-rounder Ian Blackwell on an initial one-month loan to cover the four-week absence of spinner Jeetan Patel.

Patel has been called into the New Zealand squad, paving the way for 34-year-old Blackwell to make the temporary switch to Edgbaston.

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This is a great opportunity for Ian to play first class cricket and get some time in the middle against strong opposition

Geoff Cook Durham coach

"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to go to Warwickshire and play some first-team cricket," Blackwell said.

"It's been frustrating not being selected at Durham."

Blackwell continued: "I'm keen to get out there and prove not only my fitness, but also that I can still make match-winning contributions.

"I want to be back playing for Durham and this is a means of achieving that."

Bears head coach Ashley Giles, a former spinner, is keen to add experience to his attack following Patel's call-up.

Former Somerset and Derbyshire player Blackwell lists 392 wickets, as well as 11,330 runs in 206 first-class matches.

"He joins us after taking seven wickets against Australia A two weeks ago, and with key matches coming up in the County Championship and CB40, we're very pleased to secure his services," Giles said.

"I would like to thank Geoff Cook and Durham for allowing us to bring Ian to Warwickshire on loan."