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Saqib Mahmood: "We're not getting carried away"

Saqib Mahmood: "We're not getting carried away"

Reaction from Saqib Mahmood and Paul Nixon

Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood was not getting carried away despite taking 5/14 on Sunday against Leicestershire which sealed a third win in a row for Lancashire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Leicestershire were bowled out for 80, before the hosts knocked off the runs after just 19 overs with nine wickets in hand.


Saqib Mahmood

"It’s nice to pick where we left off on Wednesday and get another win. The games come thick and fast now and we hope to take that into Tuesday’s game at Durham now. When you’ve had a few days off you can lose a bit of rhythm but this morning it just felt like we hadn’t been gone anywhere.

"Jimmy [Anderson] gave me the choice of ends today, so I felt like I had to make the most of it. There was a bit in the wicket up top and I felt we put the ball in the right places. I thought Jimmy would bowl from his own end but he gave me the choice, so I felt like I had to pull my finger out.

"I’m just in that little bubble where games are coming thick and fast. Even when I was on four wickets, I wasn’t thinking about the fifth but when I got that I was thinking, “hang on I could get another career-best here,” but that was the only time I looked forward. It was a good day all round.

"We aren’t looking too far ahead. Durham first, they’re going well this year and it’s on an outground and we’ll see what challenges that has."

Watch: Leicestershire Foxes bowled out for 80

Paul Nixon – Leicestershire CCC Head Coach

"We’re very disappointed. Here it was a good toss to win and we were under-par. We were going to bowl first but Lancashire bowled an exceptional line and length and there was a little more bounce than we anticipated.

"Anything we tried went badly for us. These games happen. It was one of those days and you have to take it on the chin as a professional. Every team goes through it every couple of years. Let’s get it parked and let’s move forward.

"Benny Mike got an opportunity which was great for him because he got a chance to see Jimmy Anderson, England’s best ever bowler, use that pitch."

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