Warwickshire have two crucial games ahead of us in the next three days. Victories against Glamorgan and Worcestershire would put us right in contention in the Twenty20 Cup and perhaps reinvigorate our whole season.
I know Twenty20 cricket can seem a long-way removed from the County Championship, but these matches could have a crucial bearing in what happens in the longer form of the game. The team just needs to feel the confidence of a couple of wins to recover their best form.
The batsmen have enjoyed putting bat to ball. You just have to look at the confidence with which Mark Wagh is hitting the ball to see that and if he can transfer that form into the Championship, it would be priceless.
The value of playing a specialist spinner in Twenty20 has been clear. The performances of Martyn Ball and Ian Fisher for Gloucestershire against us were crucial and, had we had similar bowlers, I think we would have won.
No disrespect is intended to the guys who have filled in, but Alex Loudon's return at Taunton made a massive difference. He was superb. He's now busy with England A until after the weekend, though, so the part-timers take on the extra responsibility. Most of the time, they've performed very well.
That's why we are keen to sign Paul Harris. I've seen him play a bit of provincial cricket in South Africa and he is a good spinner. He took a lot of wickets in their last domestic season and lots of people feel he has been unlucky not to play international cricket.
There's a chance he could play on Friday, though there is quite a lot to sort out. We can't hurry him. It's a huge decision, not just in terms of his career, but in his life. As a boy, he dreamed of representing South Africa and it's not easy to give up on a dream.
I am confident that he will join us, though. He will enjoy the Edgbaston pitches and it's possible he could be playing for England in a few years.
We've also seen how important single moments in the field can be. Had we held our catches, we probably would have won all our games. As it is, we've dropped some relatively simple ones and games have slipped away. These things happen, though I was delighted with the catching at Taunton. Ian Westwood's effort to dismiss Justin Langer was absolutely crucial.
It just shows how small are the margins between success and failure. Apparently, small things like a diving stop on the boundary can mean the difference between winning and losing. They could even make the difference in whether we have a successful season.
It's a tough game for bowlers. With our absentee list, it means we pretty much have to bowl me, Dougie Brown, Jimmy Anyon and Neil Carter for four overs whatever happens.
Jimmy went for 60 the other day, but I told him just to have a look at some of the other guys who had been collared. England's opening bowler, Matthew Hoggard, has gone for 65 from four, while Andy Caddick, a hugely experienced international bowler, went for more than 50 in three overs against us the other day. It happens. All you can do as a bowler is learn the lessons and keep going. That's no problem with Jimmy. He has a cool temperament and a good head on his shoulders.
That's the approach I want for this competition. You have to be relaxed; you have to enjoy your cricket or it can all get on top of you.
It's actually the approach I'd like us to take for all cricket. Players perform at their best when they are relaxed and I hope we can carry that attitude into our Championship cricket. When the team are up against it, that's easier said than done, but a few more wins in this form of the game will do no harm at all.