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Jim Troughton: urged his side not to let their standards slip in the closing weeks of the campaign

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Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton believes his side have reaped the benefits of hard work as they close in on the LV= County Championship title.

The Bears - who narrowly missed out last year to Lancashire - currently top Division One by 22 points with just two rounds of four-day fixtures to go.

"Our standards have definitely been raised from last year, and the reward for that is to be top of the table and a few points in front."

Jim Troughton

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They could even claim the trophy this week when they make the short trip to New Road to take on bottom county Worcestershire.

Troughton has urged his team not to let their standards slip as they head down the finishing straight, particularly after they've put so much effort over the course of the campaign.

"We've played some great four-day cricket," the left-hander told Sky Sports.

"Our standards have definitely been raised from last year, and the reward for that is to be top of the table and a few points in front.

"We just keep pushing on and trying to keep on improving for these last two games. Hopefully the results will then look after themselves.

Selection headache

Warwickshire could yet do the double, with Saturday's semi-final win over Lancashire at Old Trafford setting up a showdown with Hampshire for the Clydesdale Bank 40 trophy.

They could be boosted at Lord's by the availability of England duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, leaving the management team facing some tough selection decisions over who to pick.

"It's a high-class problem to have," Troughton admitted.

"I did think before the semi-final that if we did get to the final there was probably going to be a couple of disappointed people who have got us there.

"But when you've got international performers coming back, the squad understands that it is a squad effort."