KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Three of the world's most exciting fast bowlers are set to charge in at Lord's during the thrilling, floodlit Friends Life Twenty20 matches. Super-fast Shaun Tait, swing master Umar Gul and pace prodigy Tim Southee arrive this summer.
Lord's are hosting three of Middlesex Panthers's T20 matches this season - each on a Thursday evening, under floodlights: against Essex Eagles on June 9; Sussex Sharks on June 16; and Surrey Lions on 7 July.
First to arrive will be Essex Eagles who have recently announced the signing of Kiwi pace-ace Southee.
Like the other star pacemen Southee will be happy to see the famous Lord's slope again. On his maiden tour in 2008, aged just 19, the tall seamer impressed in the Black Caps' 3-1 ODI series win over England. He took 3-49 in their comfortable win at Lord's.
Still just 22, Southee also has two Test fifties to his name and will add some big-hitting strength to Essex's lower order.
Pakistan's brilliant seam bowler Gul has signed to play for Sussex Sharks in this season's Friends Life Twenty20 competition - meaning he'll also return to Lord's, scene of some of his greatest performances.
Last year Gul almost single-handedly hauled Pakistan back into their NatWest One Day International series with England.
After taking 6-42 at The Oval, he took 4-32 under the floodlights at Lord's to bring Pakistan back to 2-2 in the five match series.
An Eoin Morgan-inspired England went on to win the series at the Rose Bowl but Gul's brilliance had already made it's mark.
Gul clearly enjoys himself at Lord's - he was part of the Pakistan team which won the ICC World Twenty20 here in 2009 too.
Lightning fast lions
Middlesex's London rivals Surrey will bring the fastest bowler in the world, Australia's Shaun Tait, to Lord's when they visit in July.
Tait bowled a 100mph delivery on his last visit to the Home of Cricket when Australia beat England in a One Day International in 2010.
When Australia toured England last summer the tall fast bowler utterly bamboozled the England batting line-up at Lord's with raw pace and aggression. Tait in full flight is an awesome sight to behold.
For their part the Middlesex Panthers aren't short of pace bowling options, with Ashes winner Steve Finn in their line-up.
They have also signed South Africa's big-hitting all-rounder Ryan McLaren for their Twenty20 campaign.
With tickets just £20 for adults and only £5 for under-16s the Twenty20 action at Lord's, under floodlights, is not to be missed. It should make for a thrilling spectacle at the Home of Cricket.