We’ve really hit the ground running in the County Championship, starting off with two good wins against Notts and Derbyshire and staying unbeaten so far.
Our biggest challenge is to carry it on throughout the season. One of our strengths has been the way that, when things aren’t going well, we’ve pulled ourselves out of trouble.
The games against Surrey and Durham were good examples – we fought hard for our wickets and fought hard for each other and came out of those games with draws, when we could easily have lost.
When you read this, we’ll have started our game against Sussex and another big performance will be needed if we want to go back to the top of the table.
After that it’s Yorkshire, who had a poor start but have really picked up momentum in the last month. As a Lancastrian it’d be nice to beat them – although it’s a long time since I was involved in a Roses derby. For me the big derby is Middlesex against Surrey now!
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But these two games could really shape the second half of our season – if we can do well in both it’d set us up nicely going into the t20.
The Champions Trophy gets under way this week and it’s not quite clear at the moment whether Finny’s going to be involved. If not, hopefully England will loan him back to us for a bit!
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With or without Finny, I think England will be right up there – they’ve been a bit below par in the one-dayers against New Zealand, but home advantage should help.
New Zealand will have a bit of confidence going into the tournament, but South Africa are missing some key players and Australia are in a transitional period.
With the West Indies and Pakistan, you never know quite what you’re going to get. For me, India will definitely be the team to beat – they play a lot of white ball cricket and they look a strong side.