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Not many people are talking about Warwickshire Bears in the Friends Provident t20. We don't mind though and think we could slip under the radar.
We started well in the Clydesdale Bank 40 earlier in the season and felt we could take that form into Twenty20 cricket. Our squad ticks a lot of boxes and we believe we can do well.
Counties can play two overseas players in the competition but we will only use Imran Tahir who will play for us for the whole season. Our management have backed us and think we are a good enough squad without bringing in a second overseas player for the FP t20.
Lots of counties went out and signed a big name, like Adam Gilchrist or Ross Taylor, but we have stuck with Immi. I think not having a superstar name meant some people overlooked us, but that might suit us.
We are currently second in the Northern Division, three points behind Nottinghamshire who we beat last week. That was a massive win for us. They had won four on the bounce before our game but in the end it was a comfortable for us. They have some serious players in their squad so to beat them well was a huge boost.
We followed that win up by beating Worcestershire by nine wickets but we then lost to Lancashire on Sunday.
We have started pretty well though and are in a good position. The top four sides go through to the quarter finals and despite there still being nine games left, we would be disappointed not to progress.
You often hear people saying cricket is a batsman's game and that's certainly the case in Twenty20. As a bowler, I know batsmen are trying to hit me out of the park. That's not a good situation to be in so the challenge is to keep the batsmen guessing. If you keep bowling the same balls then you will soon get lined up.
Batsmen are inventing new shots so bowlers have to bring new variations into the game. The key is not to be predictable.
I never know how many overs I am going to bowl in a game. We don't have a set routine in terms of who will bowl when.
Against Derbyshire I bowled my four overs straight through at the top - that was good as I didn't have to come back on at the death - but in other games I have had a couple of overs at the start then two at the end, or the final two overs split, one mid-innings and one at the end.
It can depend on the pitch so I have to be ready for whenever I get thrown the ball.