BEN SCOTT’S message to Middlesex captain Shaun Udal on the eve of the new season is clear - you can trust me to bat No. 6.The former Wycombe House star claims being moved up the order and classed as a ‘batsman’ last season was a massive moment in his career.
Scott responded with his best ever season with the bat and established himself above close friend David Nash as Middlesex’s new number one wicket-keeper.
Despite this success, given Middlesex’s fledgling top six, some Panthers fans have called for a more ‘specialist’ batsman to fill the No. 6 berth for extra security.
However, Scott insists he wants to be classed as a ‘batsman.
He said: "Batting at six last year was a real turning point in my career as it gave me a little bit of responsibility, and when I have that I rise to it.
"Batting at no.7 people refer to you as a number seven, but when you are a number six you are a ‘batsman.’ So if I can bat number six this year I’ll be delighted.
Scott of course has extra motivation for being seen as a batsman.
Long regarded as one of the country’s best wicket-keepers (one of the few who stands up to the likes of Tim Murtagh in Twenty20 Cricket), Scott gained his first international call up this winter playing for England Lions in New Zealand.
However, he missed out on the provisional 30-man squad for this summer’s Twenty20 World Cup – an omission indicative of the fact the emphasis at England level is batsman/wicket-keeper as oppose to wicket-keeper/batsman.
Scott added: "I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to make the squad. I thought I might be in the frame with the experience of having won the domestic Twenty20 with Middlesex.
"But you don’t really just have one good season and get thrown into the England side. You’ve got to continue show that level of consistency, so I’ve got to do that this year."