Steady Line: Middlesex cricket column with Toby Roland-Jones
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At this stage of the championship, all you can do is focus on yourselves and what you’re able to control – as simple as that.
In the past we’ve been chasing other teams and for some of us it’s a new situation to be in front, so we’ve just tried to embrace that and enjoy our cricket.
You look no further than that and, for now, while we’re in the thick of a tough game at Trent Bridge, it’s also important not to get too concerned when things aren’t going your way.
If the other side build a partnership, or you start losing wickets, there are still going to be moments when you get a chance to stamp your authority on the game.
I thought last week at Edgbaston was an instance where we did that well, restricting Warwickshire in their first innings thanks to some great spin bowling from Ollie and Ravi.
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It was slightly strange to watch the spinners in tandem – you almost feel like your work is done after the first spell! That’s the nature of the wicket there and we put ourselves in a good position to press Warwickshire on the last day.
Unfortunately, the weather decreed otherwise and, although everyone knew the forecast wasn’t good, it was a bit of a shame.
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We’re on the road yet again next week, against Lancashire, but I don’t think being away from home will have any bearing on the outcome – we all know the conditions in these places and we won’t be caught out.
One good thing is that we’ve got a lot of selection options at the moment and the coach and captain would much rather have tricky decisions to make than trying to piece together a side from a short list.
Away from the county scene, it was good to see how well the England team performed in the recent one-day series against Pakistan, even if it might have been too one-sided for everyone’s liking.
Although that can be seen as negative, I thought it was extremely positive from an England point of view. They were up against a reasonably strong Pakistan side and never let them in.
It’s still a pretty young England side that’s continuing to evolve, but there’s a serious amount of potential for them to become a force against any team in the world.