Captain Malan?
Posted by: dingy bags (IP Logged)
Date: 28 December, 2017 11:58

The Times report that Malan is set to be appointed our captain when he gets back from Oz. If true this is a bit odd, given that he has done enough to stay in the test team and is close to be a regular in the England T20 squad, too. ie we will not see much of him in 2018.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 28 December, 2017 13:32

Maybe our 'outside review' were players were allowed to give their views confidentially pointed the finger at Franklin's captaincy.

Bit pointless having a review if we don't act on it.

Other options for captaincy- compo (winding down) NGubbz (needs a good season after last year, so needs to concentrate on his own form)

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: dnb (IP Logged)
Date: 28 December, 2017 14:53

The Times also stated that Sam Robson would be Vice Captain so I guess he would stand in when Malan is unavailable.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 28 December, 2017 19:15

It would make perfect sense for Middlesex to use relegation as an opportunity to build towards the next few years, in which we hope to spend most of our time in division one. When we were last in division two in 2011, our squad included several players who went on to win the County Championship five years later, so it would be brilliant if history can repeat itself.

Unless he can consistently deliver in at least one discipline (i.e. batting or bowling), James Franklin will not be at the club much beyond 2018, so it would be preferable for our Championship side to be captained by someone expected to be at the club for the foreseeable future.

I am not sure how sensible it would be for Dawid Malan to be appointed as captain considering he seems to have a safe place in England’s Test side and is on the fringes of their side in the two other formats, although I am confident in both his captaincy ability and that he will be at the club for the foreseeable future. Due to his restricted availability, I don’t think the club would have any choice but to make it clear who the vice-captain will be. I am confident that Sam Robson has played enough cricket to be capable of captaining the side. Like Malan, Robbo surely has many years remaining with the club.

Of course (if they ignore the financial benefits of this scenario), the last thing the club would want would be Robbo following Malan into England’s Test side. Robbo certainly has ambition to return to the Test side, although the chances of that happening will have taken a hit with our relegation and with Alastair Cook’s return to form.

We will have to see who will captain us in the Royal London Cup and the Twenty20 competition. With Malan and Eoin Morgan’s availability likely to be restricted, the role may have to be performed by either someone else in our squad or by an overseas player for at least some of the matches. Maybe John Simpson will be captain in some matches.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: The Diamond ruled ok (IP Logged)
Date: 28 December, 2017 19:52

Being in Div 2 never stopped "Chef" from being England captain or indeed in the side.

If the selectors were really up to their game they would be concentrating on what the player can offer England rather than which division he plays his bread and butter cricket in. Dawid I think is cut from he same cloth.

Some England players prefer not to play that often for their County as though it were a flag of convenience, an accusation which could never be laid at the Essex Farmers door.

AC would be a good pick as CC captain even if his availability was going to be limited by England call ups, this winters tour being a major experience for him will have taught him a lot too.

AC for skip !

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 01 February, 2018 20:01

Similar to what was anticipated, Dawid Malan has been appointed as Middlesex captain in all formats, with Sam Robson being vice-captain for the County Championship. However, it seems that the club haven't quite decided what to do for the limited-overs matches Malan will miss.

After entering the IPL auction, Malan will be disappointing not to have been picked up by any sides, especially as he has found sides in a few other Twenty20 competitions in the last couple of years, and also because his stock has risen thanks to his England performances. However, the good news from a Middlesex point of view is that he will hopefully be available for our first five Championship matches of the season, and maybe one or two Royal London Cup group matches. Beyond that, though, his availability will depend on a range of factors, not least whether he remains in the Test side and if he is required for their ODI and/or Twenty20 sides. Malan is on the fringes of the side in the latter two formats, yet has played only once in either format. If he is named in any England limited-overs squads this summer but is not required for a particular match, it would be nice if he is allowed to play for Middlesex rather than carry the drinks.

After Malan captained us to the dizzy heights of a Twenty20 quarter-final in 2016, the debateable decision was made for the captaincy for the 2017 competition to pass to Brendon McCullum, with the reason given being that coach Daniel Vettori could work with McCullum in the preceding weeks to come up with a strategy, something that Vettori could not do with Malan due to Malan’s playing commitments. This makes it interesting that the intention is for Malan to captain us in our Twenty20 campaign in 2018. If Malan is required for England’s matches v India in all three formats, then he won’t be available for many of our Twenty20 group matches. However, if he is only required for the Test matches, then he could be available for our first seven Twenty20 matches.

It would be nice if Eoin Morgan could be captain in any limited-overs matches for which he is available and Malan isn't, as Morgan's captaincy was widely-praised in England's 4-1 ODI series win in Australia.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
Date: 02 February, 2018 13:13

Confirmed in today's Cricket Paper that Dawid Malan is the Middlesex Captain.

Sam Robson is vice captain.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: rod/ed (IP Logged)
Date: 02 February, 2018 15:56

Congrats to Mala, time will tell if he makes a good skipper. It could be good motivational move by the club since he has now experienced the highs of a WACA century and 90,000 at the MCG, making a cold day at Derby in Div 2 not very appealing.
Personally I would have liked to have seen Simmo get the Twenty20 captaincy playing as a specialist batsman.This would be reward for him after non-stop excellent service,given he appears not to be on England's radar, and also allow experience to be given either to Eski or one of the younger keepers on the books.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 02 February, 2018 19:41

The decision for Middlesex to make Dawid Malan captain in all three formats makes a change from when we had a different captain for each format.

Despite there not being much more Malan can do to add to his one limited-overs appearance for England, he has not been named in their squad for their ODI series in New Zealand. Like the fact no sides bid for Malan at last weekend’s IPL auction, his inability to break into England’s limited-overs sides will come as a disappointment to him, but as a boost to Middlesex.

Re: Captain Malan?
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 07 February, 2018 20:16

Dawid Malan’s 50 in England’s Twenty20 match v Australia today will have increased the chances of him playing in their limited-overs matches this summer, especially as it means he has now hit fifties in all two of his limited-overs internationals.

Re: Captain Malan
Posted by: EH Hendren (IP Logged)
Date: 24 February, 2018 11:39

Congratulations to Dawid Malan on a long awaited appointment. It is encouraging that several cricketers were keen on taking the role. It should have a stabilising effect now that the overall responsibility lies with one captain.

Sam Robson will prove an effective deputy in first-class cricket whilst Morgan, Franklin, Gubbins or Simpson could deputise for the shorter matches if required.

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