In the Middle: Middlesex cricket column with Nick Compton
While they aren’t able to call on the services of Chris Gayle any more, my old club Somerset are still a very good Twenty20 outfit.
We can expect a tough encounter at Uxbridge on Friday and, with a good wicket, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see two big scores posted – not least because Luke Ronchi will probably be involved for Somerset.
What a good addition that promises to be. He’s a dynamic cricketer who’s very much part of what’s come to be seen as the ‘New Zealand way’.
New Zealand’s recent one-day series with England was fantastic – it’s shown what can be achieved if you go through those mental barriers. The boundaries have really been pushed back.
The wickets are flatter, the bats are bigger and a total of 400 is now very achievable when three or four years ago it was unheard of. I’m sure this will have a positive effect on the rest of the cricket world.
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Hopefully Eoin Morgan’s influence can also have a positive effect on the rest of us at Middlesex – he’s in great form at the moment and it’ll be a real bonus to have him back against Somerset.
It’s going to be hard for us to make progress in the tournament now – T20 is about momentum and we’ll probably have to win every game, near enough.
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In recent games, we just haven’t got to grips with those last 10 overs, either with bat or ball. We’ve got to learn the art of closing games out and, as players, we have to find the required skill level.
We’ve shown in the County Championship that there’s definitely a lot of character in this team – we have a lot of quality but also a little bit more hardness.
That’s something Adam Voges instilled when he was here earlier in the season and it’s very much part of the identity we’ve been working hard to set up, but we need to show it more regularly rather than just in dribs and drabs.