With both teams sitting near the top of Division One this is an important game for Durham and Middlesex. Durham have surprised most with the cricket they are playing this year and they seem to have responded really well to Paul Collingwood being captain. Collingwood has got them all pulling together.
In the last game against Surrey, Durham showed they have spinners as well as seamers that can win them games, and we have to be mindful of that. With this in mind it will be interesting to see how the pitch we play on plays. In the past Chester-le-Street is a ground where seam bowling has tended to dominate proceedings. We must take nothing for granted. One thing the ground tends to do is produce results and we are determined to make up for last season’s narrow defeat here. It was a game we should have won.
We know that we are playing pretty good red ball cricket at the moment and the challenge for us is to maintain this. Against good sides we must maintain our discipline throughout the entire game and play to our simple game plan, which is to post 350 with the bat, to bowl with discipline and to take our catches. If we can do that this week at Chester-le-Street we will place Durham under a lot of pressure, which is our aim.
For Middlesex, Tim Murtagh will be absent as he is playing for Ireland against Pakistan. Murtagh’s place in the team will go to Corey Collymore, who was rested at Taunton. Adam Rossington and Tom Helm travel as batting and bowling cover should anything happen in the lead up to the game.
Middlesex CCC is pleased to announce the following 13-man squad to play in their LV= County Championship fixture against Durham at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground starting tomorrow, Wednesday 22 May:
Chris Rogers (captain)
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