At Durham yesterday, I watched as Derbyshire leaked far too many early runs against the home side. Tom Milnes was the culprit and his lack of line and length saw the openers make hay and get off to a flying start.
We simply cannot afford that and need to make changes for Sunday and Northamptonshire. I would think Hardus Viljoen will still be missing, and neither Tom Taylor nor Greg Cork have staked a claim for a place in the side.
I like Milnes and, at his best, he offers wicket-taking potential and late order runs. Yet his bowling this summer has been most profligate and this, for me, is the time for him to drop from the firing line and get his rhythm back away from the public eye.
At the same time that Milnes was going for seven an over at Chester-le-Street, Matt Critchley was bowling an excellent spell for the seconds against what was a very strong Yorkshire side with four international players. He finished with 4-24 and, together with his powerful late order hitting, may just have played himself back into the side.
Two leggies in the eleven? Make it three, if Daryn Smit is needed, but batsmen don't generally play it well and Critchley did well in the competition last year. I'd be inclined to go for this team:
There would be four seamers and four spinners available to Billy Godleman, with Reece's different angle a bonus for the skipper. Having said that, Hughes is more likely to bowl tight in this format and both could offer useful runs and agility in the field.
What do you think?