Middlesex cricketer’s column: Keeping busy

The first Test was a fantastic start to the Ashes, but it’s a shame to hear talk of England dropping Finny for the next game.

There’s that old cliché ‘never change a winning side’, but it also depends on the conditions, which bowlers are best suited to them – and Finny’s obviously very familiar with the wicket at Lord’s, which makes a difference.

Everybody at Middlesex knows he’s a class act. He’s got extra height and bounce and gives the attack more balance – and it’d be good to see him get Buck out!

I saw Buck at Lord’s on Tuesday and he’s in good spirits, he seems to be enjoying himself. He batted well in the first Test and I think there’s the potential for him to be Australia’s leading run-scorer in the series.

Back to Finny and, as I write, we don’t know whether he’ll be playing in the second Test – but if not, I hope they’ll have sent him to Hove for our County Championship game against Sussex.

We’ve got a few injuries in the bowling department, but a bigger problem is that as batsmen we’ve not been putting enough good scores on the board for the bowlers to defend.

We sat down as a batting unit after last week’s defeat to Warwickshire and discussed things. The way the pitches are now, it’ll be tougher to take 20 wickets, which makes it even more important that we get some big totals.

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Getting 150 on his County Championship debut was a terrific effort from Adam Voges and it was good for me to have some time out in the middle with him, seeing how he goes about accumulating a big score.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get us over the line. If we’d managed to get another 100 or so who knows, it could have been an interesting last day.

But we’ve lost two on the bounce now and that’s slowed our momentum. It’s a challenge for us to turn Sussex over, but we’ve got to dust ourselves down and prove we’re a good side.