Can Campbell Buck the Trend?

Rajendra Chandrika, Kyle Hope, Vishaul Singh… remember them? Nope. Fair enough.

Not only did those named above disappear from international cricket quicker than a balaclava clad criminal from a crime scene but in the cases of Chandrika and Hope, they dropped off the radar altogether. They have recently re-emerged on the domestic scene whilst Singh has been back in the A-Team. I actually thought that Singh (At 6) and Hetmyer (At 3) were the wrong way around when they debuted. Clearly Hetmyer is some talent though and one to watch come the World Cup.

Back to Jamaican John Campbell. Only three hundreds and an average of barely thirty, does make you wonder whether or not he’s actually qualified to open the batting against Jimmy Anderson. Let’s remember though, an absurd amount of spin bowlers on the domestic circuit in the Caribbean average about fifteen with the ball. Maybe a batting average of thirty in the West Indies is equivalent to an average of forty in England.

Congratulations to Campbell on becoming West Indian Test cricketer number 317.

I’ll be following on TalkSport having not had the opportunity to listen to the Sri Lanka tour. It can’t be worse than BBC Test Match Special!

Evans Above & InVincible Encore!

In the past few days I posted about a couple of England qualified batsman going large on the franchise circuit and it turns out that they just can’t stop!

James Vince followed up seventy-odd for Sydney Sixers with another seventy-odd, this time undefeated…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8044/game/1152550/sydney-sixers-vs-hobart-hurricanes-40th-match-big-bash-league-2018-19

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Laurie Evans followed his hundred for Rajshahi Kings with a firework filled fifty, a Vincesque seventy-odd actually…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8653/scorecard/1169405/chittagong-vikings-vs-rajshahi-kings-27th-match-bangladesh-premier-league-2018-19

It doesn’t stop there! Even Sam Billings (104 not out) has been amongst the runs, as were most of the batsmen to some extent, for England Lions in India…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19084/game/1169338/india-a-vs-england-lions-1st-unofficial-odi-eng-lions-in-india-2018-19

These are the guys that can’t get in the England team! To be fair, Vince and Billings have never grabbed the chance with both hands. Maybe these experiences will spur them on to bigger things at international level.

Emiliano Sala

This has nothing to do with cricket but my wife is from Nantes and therefore they’re my team. I watch them when I can and have seen Sala on TV many times. Fingers crossed but the outlook appears bleak…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-46954922

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/8249696/emiliano-salo-cardiff-fc-channel-islands-plane-missing/amp/

He was beginning a new journey, following a new dream, having given his all for FC Nantes and had left on good terms. Barring a miracle…

Unbelievable, just unbelievable!

Evans Above!

Sussex batsman Laurie Evans smashed a scintillating 104 not out from only 62 deliveries for Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League today…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8653/scorecard/1169401/comilla-victorians-vs-rajshahi-kings-23rd-match-bangladesh-premier-league-2018-19

Former Surrey and Warwickshire player Evans has gained a reputation for being a reliable limited overs player in county cricket and it’s great to see someone outside of the England squad making waves on the global franchise scene.

If Evans can deliver another productive summer then maybe he could come into contention for England, possibly after this summer’s World Cup, though aged 31, time isn’t on his side!

InVincible!*

England’s most frustrating batsman of modern times, Hampshire’s James Vince, walloped 75 from just 46 deliveries for Sydney Sixers against Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash in Sydney today…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8044/scorecard/1152546/sydney-sixers-vs-brisbane-heat-36th-match-big-bash-league-2018-19

But what are England to do with him? Is he really going to find a place in England’s destructive white-ball teams? With so few places for specialist batsmen up for grabs, is he likely to get another chance at Test level?

In a world of T20 franchise cricket, does it really matter? Is international cricket still the pinnacle?

Regardless, today’s innings was a demonstration of how much value Vince can add to a team, of his skill and stroke-playing prowess. Maybe we’re yet to see the best of him in an England shirt. Maybe the soon to turn twenty-eight-year-old could yet gatecrash England’s World Cup and Ashes summer!

*Disclaimer: A completely unoriginal headline that I and many others have used before. Sorry!

Could Selectors Call-up KP?

No no, I’m not expecting and England recall for a one Mr Pietersen but whilst the batsman that Australia have selected for their Test team were floundering in a tour match against Sri Lanka, the one that they didn’t pick, Kurtis Patterson, amassed 259 runs (157 not out & 102 not out) without being dismissed!

Unlike KP2, the hugely exciting Jhye Richardson has been called up to Australia’s Test team. This move comes following injury to Josh Hazlewood. Richardson caught my eye in the Big Bash a couple of seasons ago and has been mightily impressive in international white-ball cricket recently.

Despite Richardson’s promise, with a World Cup and Ashes tour ahead, Australia will have serious concerns regarding the fragility of their bowling line-up… let alone their batting!

No Wizards in Oz!

A review of the Cricket Australia XI’s batting efforts entertaining the touring Sri Lankan side.

Batsman Selected by Australia: 40-4

Matt Renshaw – 7

Joe Burns – 4

Marnus Labuschagne – 6

Will Pucovski – 23

Batsman not selected by Australia: 262-1

Kurtis Patterson – 157 not out

Jason Sangha – 3

Jake Doran – 102 not out

Have Australia picked the wrong players or is it all a very clever tactical ploy?