Middlesex cricket column: Frank Insight with James Franklin
We don’t have Steven Finn with us at the moment, but the guys leading our attack are great bowlers in their own right, all match-winners.
James Harris in particular has been unbelievable for us, with 40-odd wickets already this season, Toby Roland-Jones is always picking up wickets and Murts has a fine record as well as loads of experience.
It was great to see them backing up my decision to bowl first in the County Championship game against Hampshire – to gain ascendancy straight away makes winning the toss worthwhile and we hadn’t done that for the last few games.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Finny for the Ashes but, if we’re able to chuck him back into our side for upcoming T20 games, it potentially changes the dynamic of the bowling line-up.
Someone else who will obviously do that is our new T20 signing Mitch McClenaghan – as a left-arm quick bowler he brings variety and he also thinks outside the square. He’s always attacking, always looking for wickets.
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I think he’ll give us a much-needed wicket-taking ability. It’s been one of our problems that we haven’t been able to take wickets up front in the first six overs, which has ultimately cost us a bit in the back 10.
Overall, we’re just not playing well enough in T20 at the moment, it’s as simple as that. As I’ve said before, I don’t think it’s one thing – it’s all three facets of the game.
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We showed in the first few rounds that if we do get it right, we’re a very hard team to beat. But at the moment I think other teams are looking at us as a chance to get a win on the board.
So we’ve got to turn that mentality around and front up in these next two games against Sussex and Surrey. There are still a lot of games to be played, we’ve got to keep our belief and rectify the things that have been pretty poor in recent weeks.