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Middlesex skipper wants his side to bat the opposition out of the game on day three at Lord’s
Middlesex captain Chris Rogers has challenged his side to pile on the runs and with it the pressure on Sussex today at Lord’s today.
The hosts are in a commanding position after two days at the home of cricket and although they are 54 runs behind the visitors’ first innings total of 283, the Londoners have seven wickets in hand.
Rogers led from the front on the second day posting an unbeaten 93, with the Australian rarely troubled by the Sussex attack.
Eoin Morgan (52 not out) will join the skipper when day three starts and Rogers is hopeful that his side can bat the visitors out of the game.
“That would be idea,” he told London24. “When you bowl first, you want to bowl team out cheaply and get a long way past them.
“There is still a long way to go in this game and we will have to have a good day. If we don’t have good day we will be under pressure.
“The morning is vital but the whole day is massive for us. We are in a good position and it is important we have a good lead and put some pressure on.”
The Middlesex bowlers certainly played their part to help put the hosts in the driving seat. Tim Murtagh starred with the ball, picking up 5-55.
“It wasn’t a bad toss to lose,” Rogers added. “I was going to bat but didn’t think bowling was the worst thing, but we bowled beautifully first up.
“The wicket isn’t that bad to bowl on. It was always going to be struggle when moisture went out of the wicket, but we bowled fantastically to bowl them out for 280 under three an over.
“Morgan came out at the end and played a beautiful innings which took the pressure off me.
“I didn’t have to look to score. From our point of view we have a chance to be positive and to get a good lead.”