CAP­TAIN LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO LAW’S TEN­URE

MID­DLE­SEX CAPTIAN HOP­ING NEW BOSS WILL GET THE BEST OUT OF HIS SIDE FOR THE 2019 SEA­SON

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MID­DLE­SEX cap­tain Dawid Malan be­lieves Stu­art Law’s ap­point­ment as head coach is ex­actly what the county need to re­vive their for­tunes in 2019.

Law, who will leave his role as West Indies coach to take over at Lord’s in Jan­uary, has no pre­vi­ous con­nec­tions with the club, un­like any of his pre­de­ces­sors dur­ing the past 20 years.

Richard Scott, who va­cated the head coach’s po­si­tion in July, had been an in­ter­nal ap­point­ment, like Toby Rad­ford be­fore him, while John Em­bu­rey and Mike Gat­ting were both dis­tin­guished for­mer Mid­dle­sex play­ers.

But Malan feels the 49-yearold Aus­tralian will bring fresh per­spec­tive af­ter Mid­dle­sex’s be­low-par 2018 cam­paign, in which they failed to win pro­mo­tion to the top tier of the County Cham­pi­onship or progress past the group stage in ei­ther white­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

“Stu­art Law is some­one who has been in­volved with cricket in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions around the world,” said Malan.

“He can look at the way we train, our prepa­ra­tion and mind­set and hope­fully he’s the guy to get the best out of us.

“It’ll take a lit­tle bit of time to look at the play­ers and work out how he wants us to play, but he’ll want to get the ball rolling and win games of cricket.

“I think it’s also im­por­tant to say a mas­sive thank you to Richard Scott – he had a fan­tas­tic 10 years or so with the club and left us with a good legacy to build on.”

Malan’s first sea­son as cap­tain ended on a high note last week as the 57-run vic­tory at Durham fol­lowed a fa­mil­iar pat­tern – re­cov­er­ing from a low first-in­nings to­tal to suc­cess­fully de­fend a small tar­get.

The win en­sured Mid­dle­sex fin­ished their red-ball cam­paign fourth in Di­vi­sion Two, al­beit 42 points short of the pro­mo­tion place that had been their aim.

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Mid­dle­sex cap­tain Dawid Malan

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