Middlesex cricketer’s column: The way it seams

Our schedule’s worked out well this week in that we’ve had the chance to go away to Jersey and start planning for the t20 tournament.

Our sponsors Brooks MacDonald, who organised it all, have been great hosts and we’ve done some fitness work, as well as a coaching clinic with the Jersey kids and, of course, playing some cricket.

We also had a big team meeting to discuss our plans for the t20 and really get into the right mindset ahead of our first game on Friday, so hopefully we’ll be able to hit the ground running.

It’s so important to get off to a good start if you want to do well in this competition. When I played for Glamorgan there were some brilliant performances, but some bad ones as well and consistency was lacking.

From what I hear, it’s been much the same for Middlesex, apart from when they won it in 2008 – and there are certainly no easy teams in our group.

Hampshire won it last year, then you’ve got teams like Sussex, Surrey and Essex who all look very good at t20. But I think you can throw us into the mix as well, especially with Adam Voges and Kyle Mills in the squad.

Adam’s actually been living at my place for the last week or so. He had to leave the Australian team hotel after they got knocked out of the Champions Trophy and his new place wasn’t quite ready.

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So I’ve got to know him quite well and there’s no doubt he’s going to be a great addition, especially with so much t20 experience behind him.

Kyle’s a slightly different bowler from what we’ve already got – his height will give him a bit of extra bounce, and he’ll make a real difference to our workload.

I’m really looking forward to the t20 games and it’ll be great to play in front of some big crowds too – you don’t normally get that chance in domestic cricket!