Warwickshire have started the season in good form as they currently sit top of Division One after four games. The Edgbaston outfit head into their clash with Yorkshire having won two, drawn one and lost one of their games so far. They have won their last two games and will be looking for three victories in a row.

Warwickshire top the table by a solitary point from Sussex and will be full of confidence with the return of Ian Bell, Chris Woakes and Captain William Porterfield from their recent International duty.

Bell may return to the starting lime-up in place of 18 year-old Sam Hain who made his Championship debut in their last game against, a comfortable innings victory over Middlesex. The youngster is highly thought of at Edgbaston and was very impressive as he compiled 42 runs in his first innings for the club but is unlikely to keep the in-form Bell out of the side.

Yorkshire themselves will be strengthened by their returning International players and in truth have a number of options to include in their batting line-up. Yorkshire could conceivably go into the match without one of their International stars just because of their star-studded squad.

Aside from Chris Rogers at Middlesex this game will see the two leading run scorers in Division One go head to head. Ian Bell (405) and Gary Ballance (406) have started the season exceptionally well with averages of over 81 before this game as they both look to make themselves permanent fixtures in a new-look England side.

Yorkshire are in fourth place in the Championship table and will hope that their impressive batting displays so far this season can be backed up by their bowlers if they are to turn draws into victories.

Yorkshire currently have the most batting bonus points and Warwickshire the joint best bowling bonus points headed into this game but it will be a strong all-round display that will be the deciding factor in this match.

This season looks set to be a closely fought title race so every point will be crucial if Warwickshire are to repeat the success they had in 2012 and they will know that sides such as Yorkshire will also be pushing hard to achieve their own success. Before the T20 Blast gets under way both sides will want to cement their promising starts to the season.

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