Warwickshire County Cricket Club has announced the signing of exciting all-rounder Ed Barnard who will join the Club from Worcestershire on a three-year contract. The 26-year-old - who has made 235 professional appearances, scoring 4,756 runs and taking 367 wickets will join the Bears at the end of the 2022 domestic season.
Born in Shrewsbury, Barnard developed through the Worcestershire Academy and made his debut in 2015 in all formats. The right-arm seamer and batter starred for the England Under-19s, firing a U-19 Test century against South Africa in January 2013 and picking up the Man of the Match Award against the UAE in the U-19 World Cup in February 2014.
Across the board, the former pupil of Shrewsbury School has played 85 first-class matches, 51 list A matches and 99 T20s.
Barnard said: “I’m extremely excited to join Warwickshire and I feel it’s a really big opportunity for me. My ambition is to play at the highest level, and I am determined to win trophies with the Bears, play franchise cricket and be selected for England.
“Edgbaston and the Eric Hollies Stand is a special place and it’s an atmosphere that doesn’t get matched around the country. To have this as my home and them as my home crowd is really exciting.”
Warwickshire Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace said: “This is a huge signing for the Club and we are delighted to add Ed to an exciting group of players.
“We believe Ed will bring an extra dimension to our team and he is someone that we have always been impressed by and admired over recent years. The coaches are incredibly excited to help aid his development and with the potential he possesses, Ed can reach the higher echelons of the game.”
The Bears continue their Vitality Blast campaign at Headingley today (Friday 1st July) against the Yorkshire Vikings.