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Re: CC v Sussex, 4-7 May 2018
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 03/05/2018 18:24
I had forgotten about the fact Paul Stirling didn’t field on Sunday, something which means that his absence from the squad isn’t a surprise. Hopefully he will be able to play in Ireland’s inaugural Test match next week. At least it means that Max Holden should retain his place in Middlesex’s side for this match and also when we play Gloucestershire at Lord’s.

It would be nice if Tom Barber retains his place, especially as last week’s weather restricted his first-class debut to five overs, but I would be surprised if he was to play ahead of Tim Murtagh, James Harris, Tom Helm or Ollie Rayner or if we play one fewer batsman. If Barber does well at Middlesex, it would be a reversal of what happened with Gareth Berg, as Hampshire benefited from our decision to discard the Iceman, while a successful Middlesex career for Barber would mean that we would be benefiting from Hampshire’s decision to discard him. On Sunday, Chris Tremlett wrote on Twitter “Hopefully he’s [Barber] toughened up a bit since his Hants day. Pretty useless when he was there... action def improved”, and then stood by those words in his next tweet by writing “not unfair at all. It’s the reality and why he’s now at Middlesex. I’m sure it’s made him now a better cricketer for being let go. All part of the learning process”.

Sussex have named a 13-man squad for this match consisting of Ben Brown (capt./wk), Danny Briggs, Michael Burgess, George Garton, Harry Finch, Ollie Robinson, Abi Sakande, Phil Salt, Stiaan van Zyl, Stuart Whittingham, David Wiese, Luke Wells and Luke Wright. They will be without overseas player Ishant Sharma due to a shoulder injury. The absence of Angus Robson will disappoint those hoping to see he and brother Sam on opposing sides.

Richard Scott has spoken to our YouTube page about this match:

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