Chris Rogers is an excellent acquisition and a proven accumulator of runs in county cricket. There is a sprinkling of other talented batsmen in the squad too with the likes of Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Sam Robson, Scott Newman and captain Neil Dexter. But it is the bowling where Middlesex’s strength lies with Steve Finn (who could be available for more of this summer than last) joined by Corey Collymore, Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh, Anthony Ireland and loan signing Ollie Rayner.
It’s a shame for Middlesex fans that Andrew Strauss is being rested until May by the ECB as he and Rogers would form a formidable opening partnership. England calls could also deprive them of Morgan (who is also playing in the IPL until late May) and Finn. The newcomers may take time to settle and the team to gel.
Chris Rogers – Derbyshire’s loss is Middlesex’s gain. It is almost criminal that Rogers has only played the one Test for Australia.
Look out for…
A serious push for promotion, as well as the continued development of Roland-Jones, who looks a decent prospect.
2nd – No more underachievement for this well-balanced squad.
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