Middlesex have named a fourteen-man squad for the visit of Surrey to Lord’s in round three of the LV= Insurance Championship.
Middlesex head into the game with a change of skipper, with Australian Test batsman, Peter Handscomb, finally making his Middlesex debut, some eighteen months after the club first announced that they’d signed him. A one-year delay due to the Covid Pandemic saw Handscomb’s contract deferred for twelve months, until the end of the 2022 season, and having travelled from Australia recently, and having served his mandatory quarantine period, he is finally ready to lead the side into action.
Handscomb replaces Eskinazi both as Captain and in the squad, as Eskinazi makes way for the Australian. Head Coach Stuart Law also makes changes in the spin department, bringing Luke Hollman into the squad for what would be his maiden First-Class appearance for the club if he makes the starting eleven, who replaces Nathan Sowter from the side that played against Hampshire last week.
Law will be hoping that Handscomb not only brings a heavy volume of runs with him, but that his arrival will also help to galvanise and inspire the youngsters within the Middlesex batting line-up to find the kind of form and application that Law has called for.
James Harris’s departure to Glamorgan on a short-term two-week loan rules him out for the next two games, although Law is able to select from a full complement of fit pace bowlers, and names a strong line-up in Roland-Jones, Helm, Finn, Andersson and Murtagh for the Surrey clash.
Both Middlesex and Surrey are searching for the first win of their 2021 campaign and the next four days at Lord’s promises to be a gripping and closely fought encounter.
Middlesex have named the following fourteen-man squad.
Peter Handscomb (captain)
John Simpson (wicket-keeper)
This match will be played behind closed doors, with no spectator admission allowed.
The match will be available to view on Middlesex’s enhanced live stream, available on the Club’s website in the Match Centre section.