England test squad to New Zealand

  • Joe root an average summer with the bat for his standards. Captained quite well but still needs to convert 50’s into 100’s.
  • Zac Crawley great first-class summer it will be a battle between him and Sibley for who opens. I would prefer Sibley.
  • Jofra Archer what a first summer of international cricket taking wickets left right and centre and becoming a fan favourite.
  • Ollie pope back in the squad after a strong back end to the season after being out for a lot of it with a broken arm.
  • Stuart broad a much better summer bowling much fuller and taking a lot more wickets.
  • Dominic Sibley an awesome season facing the most balls in division 1 and being the only player to score over 1000 runs. I feel he will open with Burns in the first test.
  • Ben Stokes, it was his summer he was doing everything. Hopefully, he can continue that form for the next few years.
  • Matt Parkinson, probably going to have to carry drinks but it will be a good experience and I think he will play in the t20 games.
  • Rory Burns, good ashes held his place down as an England opener with consistent performance’s.
  • Joe Denly grew into the ashes and finished with a solid 92 at the oval.
  • Saquib Mahmood great first bowler could force his way into the team with Anderson’s injury.
  • Sam Curran unlucky not to play in a sea but he did well when he came in for the last game.
  • Chris woakes out of form with the red ball will have to play well to come back in.
  • Jos Butler also disappointing, however, his 70 in the last game proved he still has it.
  • Jack Leach a decent summer proving he was England’s main spinner.

Englands t20 squad to New Zealand

England has 5 t20’s in the winter against new Zealand. This is the squad and what I think about it.

  • Eoin Morgan, the captain very reliable obvious selection. Can he win the world t20 to add to the 50 over world cup?
  • Jonny Bairstow dropped from the Test squad because of bad form. However, he is a serious player and some think he is better suited to white-ball cricket.
  • Tom Banton, the promising 20-year-old has scored over 1000 white ball runs this year. If he can do well in these 5 games he may be able to force his way into the t20 world cup team.
  • Sam Billings, a bad injury that kept him out a lot of the summer. However, he finished well with back to back hundreds and his t20 fifty against West Indies last year showed his class.
  • Pat Brown, a very good death bowler and an old head on young shoulders for somebody 21 years young.
  • Sam Curran, lots of bottle and he can be whatever he wants. In t20 I think he is a better bat than bowl. However, how is he going to get into his side if his bowling isn’t up to it?
  • Tom Curran, lots of fight like his brother unlucky to miss out playing in the world cup.
  • Good test player but I have no clue why he is here.
  • Lewis Gregory, consistently good in the blast with bat and ball.
  • Chris Jordan has been around a while but hasn’t done much for England unfortunately.
  • Saquib Mahmood wonderful pace bowler great season in all formats. Could cement his place on the team with 5 good performances.
  • David Malan, good blast but will struggle to get into the side as he isn’t getting any younger.
  • Matt Parkinson, a good young spinner with a lot of bottle. I hope he gets game’s to show what he can do.
  • Adil Rashid a quality spinner, however, his confidence is knocked.
  • James Vince, why is he here he has had so many chances. How many more can he have?

The 100

  • The new 100 ball format competition coming to England next year. Seven cities eight teams. Is it all it’s hyped up to be? The teams are Birmingham Pheonix, Welsh fire, oval invincible’s, London spirit, Manchester originals, Trent rockets and the southern brave. Now if they can fit the 100 in while still keeping all of the formats before there wouldn’t be a problem. But with the 100 the 50 over competition is going to be nothing more than a sub-standard second eleven competition. We win the 50 over world cup and ditch the 50 over the cup. Does this make sense to you? Furthermore, the scheduling is ridiculous. Somerset’s first game was in April and last was in place September. However, a new and different competition may be good for England before the t20 world cup. However, we are trying to create the next ipl, not the next format. Why is it a 100 balls? It is just changing it for the sake of changing it. In addition to this, it won’t help our failing test team. Only hinder them and make them have to choose between another competition.

A defining Day in the county championship

Was Wednesday the 11tg September the day Somerset claimed the county championship? At the end of day 2 in Somersets and Essex’s game, they both had differing fortunes. Somerset are leading Yorkshire by 356 runs by 5 wickets. However, Essex trail Warickshire by over 450 runs and to add insult to injury Alistair cook is already out. For Somerset, they claimed Yorkshire’s last 6 wickets in 42 balls. They collapsed from 86-3 to 103-9( Coad unable to bat due to illness.) Somerset were on the verge of undoing their good work when they slipped to 4-2 but, with 5 different batsmen contributing everyone stood up. Abell digging in for a captains knock of 62 Hildreth and Banton both hitting counter attacking 58’s and 43’s respectively. Then Bartlett and Gregory combined with 34 and 48 to take Somerset into a very strong position. With a lead of 365, they may already have enough. Essex had to toil for almost 2 days in the field with young Warickshire batsmen hitting 173. They have an uphill task to not lose and winning would be a true miracle. Somerset, however, have the game all but won.

Australia Retain The Ashes

As Australia won the old Trafford test match they go 2-1 up with one to play. England can not win the ashes. England to be totally honest have played poorly in these 4 test matches. The only test they deserved to win was the Lord’s test match. You just wonder what could have been if there was an hour less rain. Would we have bowler the Aussies out and won the game? England’s win at Headingley was undeserved as you can’t be bowled out for 67 and win a test. Yes, their last innings performance showed fight and resilience but anyone can show that. We won that game off the back of a Ben Stokes miracle. Australia outplayed England in all departments. There batting was much better. Smith and Labuschange showed England how you should play in English conditions. Big hundreds are what England missed. Also, Australia’s slip fielding was much better than Englands. Think Roy dropping Labuschange at Headingley we went on to win the game but it is a good example. England need to regroup before the next game and work out what they want to do going forward.

Australia push on on day 2

A high-class double century by Smith powered Australia to 497-8 declared. However, England was sloppy and wasteful. Smith was dropped on 65 by Jofra Archer and was caught off a Jack Leach new ball on 118. Furthermore, Paine was dropped twice. As Australia reached 400 England were progressively sloppy. Mitchell Starc came in and bludgeoned a 49 ball 50. England also lost Denly and anger the day on 23-1. England is still in this game and the ashes, however. The pitch is a relatively flat one and there are only 3 days left. If England can get past the follow on the score they will probably not win due to the time in the game. However, England’s batsmen have to stand up and be counted. Tomorrow is a big day for the ashes summer…

A weird day of test cricket

Australia finished the first day on 170-3. Smith not out 60 and Labuschange scoring 67. Both of them proving my predictions wrong. England though started really well with a fiery opening burst from Broad. He had both the openers out. It was such a windy day that it was hard for the bowlers to control where the ball was going. Because of the huge winds at one point the game was played without bails. I have never seen this happen before in cricket. Craig Overton claimed Labuschange with a peach of a delivery hitting the top of off. Although he was quite expensive going at 4.10 runs an over. It was pretty even at the end of the day as on a slow pitch pace bowling will be difficult especially if the wind stays the way it was on day one. Maybe Australia should have picked Siddle instead of Starc if the pitch was going to do this? Let’s hope for a longer day and less rain on day 2.