ADAM London will get a second chance to cement a place in Middlesex’s top order – but Head Coach Richard Scott has hinted he might not get a third.

London was afforded a first County Championship start for the county for three injury-hit years against leaders Sussex last week after ousting Dawid Malan from the No 4 spot, but the 24-year-old was the victim of a dubious LBW decision in his only innings having made just 18.

Scott eased the pain of that disappointment, indicating London would be involved in the second versus third clash with Yorkshire tomorrow.

However, he also suggested by the time of the next four-day clash at Uxbridge on July 8, there may be other candidates vying for the spot, meaning regardless of success or failure against the white rose county London’s latest audition in the quest for breakthrough could be cut short.

He said: “Adam batted only once against Sussex, but will get another chance to prove himself.
“Everyone who comes into the side from the second team deserves a bit of a run.

“Unfortunately in top teams with top squads that is not always possible as at Uxbridge we may have both Adam Voges and Eoin Morgan available so it is a tough one.

“But I’m sure Adam would rather be playing than not playing, so if he gets another chance this week which I’m sure he will want to show us what he can do and throw his hat in the ring for future games.”

Scott’s words while putting added pressure on London to deliver do little to encourage the deposed Malan’s hopes of a recall to the four-day picture any time soon.

The mercurial left-hander has been in blistering form in white-ball cricket, but it seems failure to produce the runs in the longer format his obvious talent promises has cost him dearly.

This along with the likes of Voges and Morgan entering the fray, never mind London, means Malan is destined to spend a spell out of the spotlight where the County Championship is concerned.

It was time for a change and totally down to form,” continued Scott.

“Dawid has had a tough start in Championship cricket and averaged around 14, while Adam has made good runs in the second team and sometimes you have to make tough decisions.

“He will continue to be a big part of our one-day team and will fight his way back in at some stage, but for now he has rightly got to bide his time and score his runs in the second team.”

Scott admits the other big conundrum for the selection team ahead of the visit of the men of Headingly is whether to shake-up the bowling resources.

Tim Murtagh and co bowled over 200 overs in a row after forcing Sussex to follow on in the draw at Lord’s, meaning reinforcements in the form of Corey Collymore could be given a run against the Tykes, while Gareth Berg, lightly used last week, may bear more of the burden as he approaches full fitness again following his winter shoulder operation.

Scott added: “We have got a squad of bowlers and while a couple of the youngsters are injured we have got Corey Collymore in the background chomping at the bit for a chance, so we will have to consider heavily how we shuffle our pack for Tuesday.

“Toby (Roland-Jones) has got a couple of niggles so we will have to look at that but Gareth Berg did not bowl as many overs as the rest so is still relatively fresh.

“He is getting stronger every game and is virtually back up to the pace of old.”