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Jeetan Patel admits that Warwickshire's last two Royal London Cup performances have been "under par" but the captain believes his team can turn their fortunes around in the competition.

The Bears will face Durham at Edgbaston on Friday still looking for their first win in the North Group after a tie with Yorkshire was followed by heavy defeats to Northants Steelbacks and Nottinghamshire.

After three of the eight group games , Patel’s side has given itself plenty to do, but now has the chance to generate some winning momentum with three quickfire games against Durham on Friday then away to Worcestershire and Derbyshire next Sunday and Tuesday.

I think we are just a couple of partnerships with the bat away and a good performance with the ball and a tidy performance in the field and we will be back on song again.

Jeetan Patel

“We have lost two games poorly so it would be remiss of me to say I’m not concerned, but we just need to learn from them,” the captain said. “We played a great game against Yorkshire and I was hoping we would emulate that back at Edgbaston against Notts but we dropped three catches which were very costly and should have bowled them out for 250.

“I am concerned but also quite positive in that we still have five games left and, yes, a lot of learning to do but also a group of young guys who are desperate to learn and contribute and put in to the team. We saw that yesterday from Alex Thomson, George Panayi and Liam Banks who showed what they can do.

“We will regroup again and discuss how we move forward. The positivity and vibe in the dressing-room is still quite high. We know we are probably under par at the moment, whether it’s with the bat or the ball, but we are at home again on Friday and I don’t think we are far off where we need to be. It might look like we are but I think we are just a couple of partnerships with the bat away and a good performance with the ball and a tidy performance in the field and we will be back on song again.”

England all-rounder Chris Woakes will be available for the Bears against Durham on Friday.