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We have three really tough games coming up in the Friends Life t20 – a run of matches that could determine whether we reach the quarter-finals.
On Friday night, we have Durham then Lancashire on Tuesday and Yorkshire two days later. Like us, those teams are at the top of the table and will be looking to be at finals day.
We are all capable of beating each other, especially when you look at the players in each side.
Durham have Herschelle Gibbs – he can strike a clean ball – while Yorkshire have Mitchell Starc, who is an excellent bowler. He’s got international recognition for Australia so he must be decent.
One thing in our favour is that we have home advantage for all those three games - something we will look to make the most of.
We normally perform well at home and I know playing against Notts when I was at Leicestershire, there are normally big totals at Trent Bridge.
The groundsman prepares quality pitches so generally they are high-scoring games, which suits our attacking batsmen. We also have a good bowling unit so we back ourselves to defend totals.
Hopefully the weather will improve. The Friends Life t20 has been frustrating with the bad weather. We’ve had three games rained off, but, fortunately, we have won two so we are towards the top of the group.
It’s been hard to gather any momentum, but that hasn’t dented our confidence.
We are going really well at the moment. We are still in every competition, which, considering we are halfway through the season, is brilliant.
I was really pleased for Alex Hales, who scored a brilliant 99 for England in the Twenty20 against West Indies last weekend.
He’s a really good player, a big guy who can clear the ropes. He played really well and it was nice to see him strike the ball well on the international stage. It was his first major performance for England.
We didn’t give him any stick for getting out on 99 but I saw there was loads of banter about it on Twitter.