T20 Blast bite-size preview: Middlesex Panthers

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Despite having a very good side on paper, the Panthers are usually thwarted by the fact that their good players are stolen away by England, or Australia.

<b>Brief Overview:</b> Despite having a very good side on paper, the Panthers are usually thwarted by the fact that their good players are stolen away by England, or Australia, and as such they failed to make it out of the group stage last time, wining five out of 10 games. This year they're like to lose another player to internationals, namely Sam Robson.

<b>Venue:</b> They have the immense privilege of playing their games at the Home of Cricket, Lord's.

<b>Batsman To Watch:</b> We, and half of England, will be keeping close watch when Sam Robson bats. The Australia-born England prospect is on the brink of a Test call-up, after his two century and two fifties in the past month. He's not got much T20 experience, but he's seeing like a beach ball so that won't matter, as long as he's not stolen away like Eoin Morgan will be.

<b>Bowler To Watch:</b> When Steve Finn left Australia after being deemed 'unselectable' many feared for his future. Now, after months of work at Lord's, he's on fire and taking wickets at regular intervals. If he's kept away from the England pressure for a bit longer, he'll be key, especially as they're usually without him in these tournaments.

<b>Overseas Signings:</b> Club captain Chris Rogers and fellow Australian Dan Christian make up the overseas contingent here, though how long they'll be around for will be the thing. Rogers is the Oz Test opener, though Christian is not as assured of international games, which will be good for the Panthers.

<b>Know Your Mascot:</b> Middlesex are presented by a panther named Pinky, of all things. Could they have given such a majestic beast a more ludicrous name? Still, he does the job with intensity, prowling around the boundary in search of children to devour… erm, hug!

<b>Cricket365's Prediction:</b> Seventh in South Division.

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