Middlesex head to Hove on the south coast tomorrow, where they’ll take on Sussex in their fourth Specsavers County Championship clash of the season.
Middlesex were only able to take six points from a frustrating four days at Lord’s in their last outing against Glamorgan, where only 60 overs play were possible in the entire game due to prolonged rain and poor light. This took their points haul this season to 29 from three games played, the same as Sussex, who have drawn each of their three games played this term.
Middlesex’s Head Coach Richard Scott welcomes back Nick Gubbins to the squad, for what will be his first appearance in the first eleven this season, with the left-hander now having fully recovered from a hamstring injury, although both Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan remain on the side-lines for this one, still rehabilitating from a knee injury and broken thumb respectively.
Whilst Gubbins’ return to the side is a major boost, Paul Stirling will sadly miss the trip to Hove. The powerful batsman suffered calf tightness during the Glamorgan game last weekend, which has not fully recovered. A decision has been taken to rest him for the Sussex match, with Stirling returning to Ireland to rehabilitate, with a view to regaining fitness for Ireland’s inaugural Test match against Pakistan next week in Mallahide.
Having recovered from soreness to his side, picked up during the game at Derby a fortnight ago, James Harris returns to the squad, looking to build on the great form he’s shown with both bat and ball already this season.
Middlesex will head to Hove having named a thirteen-man squad…
Dawid Malan (captain)
John Simpson (wicket-keeper)