Jonathan Trott made his supporters and team proud when he scored a brilliant century. By doing so he placed Warwickshire in the strongest position post the opening day of Specsavers County Championship Division Two competition against Durham. Trott was a patient at the crease to achieve his hundred of the season for the second time at Emirates Riverside after he achieved victory in the north east at the Royal London One Day Cup match. Matt Salisbury did lead the way for Durham as he took three wickets with the ball. Although, it was not a pleasant day at the field for the home side as there was a whole lot of challenges piled up for them to get back to the competition.
The toss was won by Warwickshire and he was chosen to bat first opposite to the Dukes pink ball. As far as Salisbury was concerned, he continued with his impressive innings. Ian Bell entered the crease and made three centuries during his last four innings in the first-class. He achieved 3 boundaries easily, but he had to go out to the fence to drill his effort at Cameron Steel off Salisbury.
Jonathan Trott says he is keen on adding silverwarefor Warwickshire this season despite playing in his 18th first-class season.
For as long as we have known Trott has focused on every season since he ended his England career after raking in 52 appearances. He battled a stress related illness, partly informing the decision.
Trott seems to be in the mood to replicate another Warwickshire Royal London Cup success amid talks of a new deal that would keep him at Edgbaston until 2018. He seems very comfortable with the management with familiar faces all over. Jim Troughton was appointed head coach and Ian Bell is leading the team with an experienced hand in Ashley Giles, after time with England and Lancashire, as director of cricket.
On when he would throw in the towel, he said: “I don’t know – I take it one step at a time. I’ve had a chat with Ash and Troughts and I’m looking forward to the season, very much so.” He said it was “fantastic” that Ian was the skipper then proceeded to add that he would exit for the youngsters at the right time. (more…)
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…)