Middlesex cricketer’s column: The way it seams
Thanks to my injury, I haven’t been able to play any part in our t20 campaign so far – and I’m pretty distraught about that.
I hurt my side in the County Championship game against Yorkshire, but I was hoping to be fit for the Uxbridge Festival and I had a run-out for the second team last week.
To be honest, I probably tried to push it a bit too soon. I’m still struggling now and that’s hugely frustrating because I desperately want to be out there on the park.
In some ways it’s worse than when you pick up a big injury and you know that’s it, you’re out for a couple of months. But this is one of those things you sometimes go through as a bowler.
So I’ve been restricted to a spectator’s role, and I think overall the guys have been great – they’ve got us into a good position with half the games gone.
They’re looking confident and the important thing in t20 is just to keep yourselves in with a chance of getting to the quarter-finals. Once that happens, anything’s possible.
In this game, one guy can basically beat you off his own bat and Adam Rossington’s now done that to Kent twice.
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He’s gone up to open while Paul Stirling’s away with Ireland – and it’s nice to see him and Murts doing well – but really he’s been able to slot into the gap perfectly. With Adam and Dawid at the top of the order it gives us a very similar mix.
It was also good to see Ravi Patel coming into the t20 side for the first time and bowling particularly well against Essex and then Surrey.
We all know Ravi’s a hugely talented bowler, he’s got great skill with the ball, and to step into the cauldron and perform in the way he did was a great effort.
Slow bowlers are so valuable at this stage and I’m sure we’ll see him and Ollie come into their own as the pitches start to dry out in the second half of the season.