Patto bowled beautifully down at Taunton, though Jack Brooks was missed. Either he or Fisher should have played instead of Rafiq - with hindsight, of course. Azeem was the poorest of our three spinners, by a distance.Brook in the 14 man squad
Andrew Gale has named a 14-man squad for the trip to Lord’s with 18-year-old Harry Brook making his first appearance in a Specsavers County Championship squad. Adil Rashid returns from England duty after starring in the Champions Trophy. Tim Bresnan is in the squad pending the arrival of his third child.
Gary Ballance ©, Tim Bresnan, Harry Brook, Jack Brooks, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Peter Handscomb, Andrew Hodd (W), Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom.
Middlesex have been hit by injury and unavailability for this match.
They continue to be without Australian batsman Adam Voges due to a calf injury. He missed the eight-wicket defeat at Southport last week.
They will also be without Dawid Malan due to England T20 duty and Nick Gubbins and Tom Helm, who are with the Lions for their four-day match against South Africa A at Canterbury.
Steven Finn, however, returns after his spell with England’s Champions Trophy squad.
The return of Rashid solves that problem, and I think it's time for Adam to concentrate on becoming a real all-rounder. That Ballance should call on Lyth at the death, rather than on his specialist spinners, says it all. And he came up trumps.
Harry Brook could come in for Leaning, who didn't look at all settled at Taunton. Some chat about Alex Lees on this forum; I don't know what occurred in the RLC QF, but Alex looked pleasingly solid in the second innings against Somerset, against very good bowling and on a tough pitch.
Coad will surely return, and if Bresnan plays I would expect to see those two with Sidebottom and ...who? It's difficult to make a case for Fisher, but surely he's got to play for someone, sometime, or he never will develop his talent. Brooks or Patto, depending on conditions; Coad allows that option.
Perhaps I'll get the chance to see Fisher at York on Tuesday. I've pulled out of the Lord's trip, too many nights away from home, many more to come. Plus I hate London.