Finals Day Squad
Match Preview | 13th August 2010
Mick Newell will make a late call on his final team selection for Saturday’s Friends Provident t20 semi-final against Somerset after assessing how best to accommodate Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad in his line-up.
The England duo will both feature although it remains unclear who will make way. Swann’s ability to bat in the top or lower-middle order could put Matt Wood, Graeme White or Darren Pattinson’s place at risk although all three have made significant contributions in the group stage.
“I’ll have one more discussion with David Hussey this afternoon and we plan to let the players know the team after our net session at the Rose Bowl,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“There are one or two places in the side where we have tough calls to make and if we were to reach the final then our team could well change because the wicket may be more susceptible to spin by that stage.”
Notts are competing in the final four for the first time since 2006 and have enjoyed a sharp upturn in results following an off-season overhaul of their limited overs tactics and successful recruitment.
“A lot of thought has gone in to our limited overs cricket and we began our training last November so it’s no fluke that we find ourselves in this position,” said Newell.
“We’ve got a great opportunity to win a trophy but you only have to look at the odds being offered by the bookmakers to realise how evenly matched the four teams are.”
Hampshire face Essex in the first semi-final at 11.30am whilst Notts begin at 3pm. The final is scheduled to start at 7.15pm.
Notts Outlaws squad for Friends Provident t20 Finals Day: Alex Hales, Ali Brown, Matt Wood, David Hussey, Samit Patel, Chris Read, Steven Mullaney, Scott Elstone, Paul Franks, Graeme White, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Darren Pattinson, Dirk Nannes