KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Middlesex captain Neil Dexter has backed his team to use the adrenaline fuelled Lord's T20 atmosphere to their advantage when their 2012 campaign gets underway.
Middlesex play three of their early fixtures this summer at the Home of Cricket, with the matches in eight action-packed days.
Crowds upwards of 20,000 regularly flock to Lord's for the T20 games, which have become one of the highlights of the season for Dexter's side.
"Playing at Lord's can work to your advantage... there's no better place to play than when you've got a full crowd here," Dexter told Lord's TV.
With a frenzied atmosphere though - particularly in the Thursday evening floodlit games against Surrey and Essex - Dexter warned his side to keep their heads firmly on the game in hand.
"The adrenaline is definitely there and you've got to take a step back sometimes and concentrate on the game you're playing. We've just got to be up for it and express the game we want to play."
Middlesex had a poor 2011 campaign, finishing bottom of their pool with just two wins in 16 matches.
They were dealt a further blow this year as well, when overseas star Lasith Malinga was forced to pull out of a deal which would have seen him play in the majority of the Panthers' group matches.
However, after a strong start to the season in both the County Championship and CB40 competitions, Dexter is confident his side can perform when their campaign gets underway against London rivals Surrey on Thursday 14 June.
"We're pretty confident," said Dexter, who was talking to Lord's TV.
"Last year's campaign didn't go exactly according to plan but the games we lost we competed in.
"We've got a few things we need to work on but we have strength in some departments so hopefully things can go differently."