Search

Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Dawid Malan

07:25 26 June 2014

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

PA Archive/Press Association Images

It feels like a hell of a long time since we last played at Lord’s, so it’ll be nice to get back there for tonight’s T20 game.

Gloucestershire have a good one-day team, so we need to be on our A game – and of course we’ll have to watch out for our old team-mate Tom Smith.

Smudger’s a great guy, he’s done well since his move to Gloucestershire, and when you go back to your previous employers it’s always nice if you can prove a point.

Ravi Patel’s been in good form for us and it’ll be quite intriguing to see the two left-armers out there trying to outbowl each other. Hopefully we can build on the improvement we’ve shown in the last couple of games.

Generally we’ve done one discipline well and been poor at the other, but recently we’ve started to look better at putting the two together and got a little bit of rhythm going.

It’s also encouraging for the club that we’ve had two younger players – Ryan Higgins and Harry Podmore – come in and take their opportunities, performing well in pressure situations.

Talking of which, everyone at the club was really pleased to see Sam Robson get his maiden Test hundred. He works so hard and deserves everything he achieves and hopefully he can continue that form.

Sam should be back with us on Sunday for our County Championship game at Lord’s against Northamptonshire – and we need to beat them to get our campaign back on track.

You don’t need to be a genius to work out that the feeling in the camp wasn’t all that great after our last game at Trent Bridge. To give Notts credit, we thought we’d set them enough runs on the final day, but they batted exceptionally well.

If you’ve been getting hammered for four days, you know what’s coming – but it hurts a lot more when you’ve won three days out of four and you still lose the game. We need to bounce back straight away.

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:42
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his players are finally starting to believe they can win the Premier League title.

Kieran Trippier celebrates his winning goal against Watford at White Hart Lane

Kieran Trippier scored his first goal for Tottenham as the Lilywhites secured a 1-0 home win over Watford and climbed to second place in the Premier League table.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says there are many ways to run a football club and create a successful team, but the key is to show absolute belief in your plan to inspire confidence around you.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s decision not to sign a striker in January is part of a long-term strategy which will help them through “a very tough period” during the construction of their new £400million stadium.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words when it comes to Tottenham’s title chances.

Tottenham's Dele Alli. Pic: PA

Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli will undergo tests in an attempt to discover why he felt dizzy against Norwich on Tuesday – but he expects the 19-year-old to be available to face Watford on Saturday.

Harry Kane (left) and Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld says he wouldn’t swap his Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane for any of the world’s strikers.

Wed, 16:45
Saracens' Maro Itoje (right) tries to barge his way past Bath's Horacio Agulla at Allianz Park on Saturday

England coach Eddie Jones believes Maro Itoje delivered his best performance for Saracens in Saturday’s record fightback against Bath.

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe