Pace to burn

Of all the sights in cricket there are few more exhilarating than stumps being ripped from the turf by a lightning-fast bowler. Well, that's what Olly Stone can do.

Olly bowls with genuine pace and is mustard-keen to make a big impression for the Bears in his first full-season after making his initial forays into the first team last year.

Norwich-born Olly impressed all at Edgbaston with the diligence and good-natured determination he applied to his rehab from a serious knee operation and there was widespread delight that he returned to the fray last year with speed unimpaired.

Make no mistake, he can be an effective clubber with the bat, not last season at Emirates Old Trafford when he settled what was becoming a tight finish with a giant straight six. But fast bowling is his forte - as he showed on Finals Day last season when his three for 29 helped the Bears overcome Glamorgan in the semi-final.