Jonathan Trott’s fellow Warwickshire mate Chris Woakes admits that his performances on the India tour this winter might have been noted by the hierarchy of Knight Riders and that’s why they showed the keenness to get him to their ranks.
Woakes has come along as one of the better bowlers in the slog overs of late as he has helped England successfully defend totals many a time in both ODI and 20-over Cricket in the last couple of years.
He did that against India too in Kolkata where India had almost run away with the game.
After already taking 10 runs from the first and second ball of the final over, India was just one shot away from the target and the in-form Kedar Jadhav was at the batting end. Many thought it was curtains for England.
But, Woakes denied Kedar that one shot on the next three deliveries and ended up sending him to the pavilion as well on the 5th ball of the over to secure the game for the visiting team. (more…)
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The panel which picks the Three Lions squads at the moment might be dissolved ahead of the winter as the chief of the Cricketing issues in the board, Andrew Strauss, is not convinced with how the panel is operating regarding its job.
When Strauss was sat on his post, it was anticipated then itself that he would start off with dissolving the selection panel, but, with a lot of other important topics on the agenda, it kind of slipped under the radar. And thereafter with England smothering two of the top test nations in India and Australia in successive summers and also, contesting in the final of a limited over tournament (World Twenty 20 Championship) after long, Strauss did not feel any need to tinker with the panel.
However, recently, the stand that the panel took on James Anderson, it was not appreciated by Strauss as he was also of the view that when the player was assuring he would last 5 days, he should have been trusted and should have drafted in the squad. (more…)
In a space of one year, Jonny Bairstow has gone from being pilloried as a reserve batsman, with an average of 26 in Tests and not even the best keeper in Yorkshire, to becoming a pillar, a principal one at that for this England side.
When he scores 63 runs in Chennai this week against India in the fifth Test of the five match Indian Test series, he will be breaking a new record.
So far, 2016 has seen Bairstow score no less than 1,420 runs in Tests, with only Michael Vaughan topping the record in scoring more runs for England in a calendar year, a feat which he achieved in 2002, where he batted sublimely at home against India and in Australia.
He has so far enjoyed one more innings only holding a 27 in contrast to the 26 held by Vaughan, and he has been quite handicapped by having to keep wicket as well. (more…)
Nasser Hussain reckons in case the likes of Vince and Hales miss out on making the national squad for the coming subcontinent trips, they can’t say that they have been hard done by.
However, according to Hussain, if he was the chief of the selection panel, he would consider keeping Hales in the line-up as he was consistent in the first half of the season and had built match changing opening partnership versus Pakistan in Birmingham as well.
For England, a new opening batsman has come into the mix every season as far as the last 5 or 6 seasons are concerned and the selection panel can’t settle onto one as whomever they are roping in loses form after a good knock or two. But, Hussain says there’s got to be a bloke they have to look at and decide that this is the bloke who is going to be there for slightly more time than the others even if he doesn’t churn out centuries and Hales is the bloke who can give you that feeling as a selector as you have seen him show grit at times. (more…)
Reece Topley is someone whom England can hope to take quite a few wickets in the World Twenty 20 competition.
India is not an ideal place for the seamers, but, Topley is not a conventional seamer.
Not a conventional seamer in the sense that he doesn’t depend on the seam movement that much to dismiss the batsmen and instead use the variations in pace and bounce for that purpose.
And, the Indian tracks, at times, support that sort of bowler as they happen to have some uneven bounce and a bit of sluggishness especially at the time of March-April, when the domestic season over there comes to an end.
Topley has control over his variations and he also has the height which would help him a great deal if all the balls are not rising to the same level from the track which happens so often in India.
Topley has, however, not played any game in India as yet. So, one can only predict about him and what he actually does is stored in the future.
When the pressure would be on in high profile games in the World Championship, it remains to be seen how much of control he shows in terms of his skills, (more…)