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Middlesex's battle to avoid relegation
Middlesex to win
Tournament: County Championship Division One | Format: 4-DAY TEST | Venue: Lord's, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the 63rd game in the County Championship Division One 2023. Hosts Middlesex will battle to avoid relegation as they take on Warwickshire. Middlesex drew their last game against Lancashire after doing poorly with the bat in the first innings. Warwickshire defeated Northamptonshire in a close contest, and the side will be confident in this game.
Middlesex plays at home, and they have enjoyed a good record at this ground. They have defeated Warwickshire thrice in the last four games, including one earlier this season. The side will look to take inspiration from those wins. Warwickshire won't go down without a fight and we expect a close contest here.
Toby Roland-Jones' side managed to draw their last game against Lancashire. The side has had a poor season, and they have won only three games. They are third from the bottom on the points table and are at the risk of relegation. Jones would want to avoid that at every cost and needs a good show from his players.
Mark Stoneman and Sam Robson haven't been in great shape, and the pair must deliver a strong start for the side to be in a good position. Joe Cracknell, Jack Davies, and Max Holden are key players in the middle order, and the side will have high expectations from them. Ryan Higgins and John Simpson are good players down the order, and they need to contribute with the bat.
The bowling attack fared poorly in the last game, and the side will need a good show from Ethan Bamber and Ryan Higgins. Jayant Yadav bowled well in the last game, and the side will look for good spells from him. Toby Roland-Jones and Josh De Caires must support the main bowlers for the side to win.
Toby Roland-Jones (c), Mark Stoneman, Sam Robson, Joe Cracknell, Jack Davies, Max Holden, John Simpson (wk), Ryan Higgins, Josh De Caires, Jayant Yadav, Ethan Bamber
Will Rhodes' side won a thriller against Northamptonshire in their last game. From conceding a big lead in the first innings, the side huffed and puffed to victory, winning by 2 wickets. They had lost against Middlesex earlier in the season, and Rhodes will look to do well and move up on the points table.
The side will need a good start in this game from Robert Yates and Kraigg Brathwaite in this contest. Will Rhodes, Sam Hain, and Dan Mousley have struggled in the middle order, and the side will expect a good show from them in this game. Ed Barnard, Danny Briggs, and Michael Burgess must add lower- middle-order runs for the side to win.
The side will need early wickets from Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Chris Rushworth in this game, as their opponents have a strong batting line-up. Craig Miles and Ed Barnard must bowl good spells in the middle of the innings. The side will also expect a good show in the supporting role from Rhodes and Briggs.
Will Rhodes (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Robert Yates, Dan Mousley, Sam Hain, Ed Barnard, Michael Burgess (wk), Danny Briggs, Craig Miles, Chris Rushworth, Oliver Hannon-Dalby
It would be overcast skies over London in first three days. It will make batting a big challenge as the ball is expected to swing. Batsmen would have to be watchful. The average 1st innings score here is 314 runs, and the side that bats first would be happy to score above 350 runs on the board.
Lord’s is undoubtedly one of the best venues in England. Fast bowlers love bowling here on the 1st Day as the wicket offers them a lot. Batsmen have to build their innings at this venue and play to the merit of the ball. Spinners come into play from Day 3 onward, but there isn’t much on this track to get them excited.
We expect to see heavy weather conditions on the first day of the game, which will improve as the game progresses. The side that wins the toss in this game would like to take advantage of the conditions and opt for batting first.
Warwickshire have several new players on the side, as some of their key players are with the national team. Their batting line-up has struggled, especially the middle order, which worries the team. Middlesex plays at home and enjoys a good record at this venue. We expect a close game, but Middlesex have a good record against Warwickshire, giving them an edge.
Middlesex to win
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