Middlesex First Team Coach, Richard Johnson, has named a fourteen-man squad for the visit of Derbyshire to Lord’s this week for the opening round of the 2022 County Championship season.
As predicted, his squad closely resembles the twelve-man squad named for the final pre-season clash of the season when Middlesex took on Essex over three days at Merchant Taylor’s School last week, however he bolsters the squad with the addition of two youngsters to give himself more options. Quick, Blake Cullen, comes in to strengthen the bowling ranks, and opener, Josh De Caires, is added to boost the batting line-up.
Middlesex came through the three-day run-out against a strong Essex outfit in the ascendancy, and it was gave the batters and bowlers plenty of time in the middle in competitive action ahead of this week's opener.
When interviewed after the squad’s training session on Tuesday at Lord’s, Johnson alluded to some injury concerns ahead of the opener, however fitness tests will have taken place today to determine who makes the starting eleven against Derbyshire.
Middlesex will be hoping for a strong start, and just the tonic would be a repeat performance of the fixture at Lord’s last year, when a maiden century from Robbie White set the home side up for a comprehensive 112 run victory.
Middlesex have named the following fourteen-man squad:
Information for members’ and spectators attending the game will be published on the Middlesex website shortly after this squad announcement.