Newell: "No
Defensive Mindset."

Match Preview | 23rd September 2013

Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell says there’ll be no sign of a defensive game plan in a fixture that could have a big influence on which teams will retain LV= County Championship Division One status next season.

With Surrey already relegated, Derbyshire currently occupy the second relegation spot but could overhaul Nottinghamshire or Somerset if they beat Warwickshire. That scenario would leave Nottinghamshire needing to leapfrog Somerset, who sit one place and one point ahead of them going into the final round of matches.

“You can’t go into a four day match and look to play defensive cricket so we’re very much looking to win the game,” said Newell.

“Neither ourselves or Somerset are happy with where we find ourselves in the table and we’ve both had different reasons for not challenging at the top end. They’ve won more matches than us as a result of the wickets that they’ve taken while we have generally batted pretty well.

“After the high of Saturday, the players seem to have switched their focus very quickly and although this isn’t a glamorous game it is as important as the weekend’s game against Glamorgan.”

Brett Hutton is included in a 13-man squad alongside Alex Hales although neither player will feature if Newell decides to keep faith with the eleven that lost at Durham.

Nottinghamshire team to face Somerset (from): Steven Mullaney, Riki Wessels, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, David Hussey, Chris Read, Paul Franks, Luke Fketcher, Andre Adams, Harry Gurney, Brett Hutton, Alex Hales

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