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Your England squad for the North Western Hemisphere Test Championship Round Six match against Scotland at Scotland Cricket Ground is as follows:
Joe Root (Captain)
Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper)
Dawid Malan returns to Test cricket after impressing in the first half of the Global ODI Invitational. Though not normally an opener in this format Dawid is a seasoned opening batsman in limited overs cricket, already has Test experience and we believe is an adaptable cricketer capable of thriving at the top of the order in Test cricket.
James Anderson returns to the squad having been rested for our last Test but Jamie Porter retains his place after performing well on debut. Liam Dawson provides another spin bowling option having performed superbly in the early stages of the Global ODI Invitational.
The team are looking forward to the business end of the inaugural North Western Hemisphere Test Championship and pushing for a place in the final. The players are extremely grateful for the continued support of our committed fan base.
We’ll see you in Scotland!
I just wanted to provide an update regarding my efforts as England on Cricket 19. Having lost the first Test that we played, we’ve since won all four Tests and seven ODIs with extreme ease.
When trialling difficulty level having just bought the game I found it difficult to judge what level I should play at. I played a few muck about Five5 matches as England and started a career as a weak player so it was difficult to judge. I did try playing some trial longer matches but settled for Medium/Pro when struggling on some of the harder stuff. Clearly I’m currently playing on a level that isn’t presenting a sufficient challenge and therefore compromises my enjoyment. Though I’m obviously trying hard, wickets come too easily and the opposition just aren’t trying hard enough to post competitive totals. Regarding batting, it’s actually the easy nature that leads to me throwing wickets away but still winning with ease.
I’ve played some absolute hum-dingers of matches on previous Big Ant games, just failing to chase 330 odd against Nepal in an ODI and staving off Thailand’s pursuit of over 400 in a Test by just ten runs but haven’t experienced such thrillers on Cricket 19.
For the second half of the North Western Hemisphere Test Championship and Global One-Day Invitational I’ll be upping the difficulty level to Hard which is effectively level 4/5 rather than 3.
I’m looking forward to being tested more and the pressure being on particularly as we strive to reach the knockout stages of each competition. This may even lead to me having to drop players as oppose to generally just rotating them.
Having reached the halfway point of the round robin stage of the inaugural Global ODI Invitational, here are some statistical highlights from our performances.
Highest Team Total: 510-7 vs. Namibia at Namibia Stadium
Highest Individual Innings: Dawid Malan – 163 vs. Hong Kong at Edgbaston
Highest Batting Average: Sam Curran – 84.00
Leading Run-scorer: Dawid Malan – 387
Most Catches: Jonny Bairstow – 31
Best Bowling (Innings/Match): Tom Curran, 5-19 vs. Hong Kong at Edgbaston
Best Bowling Average: Matthew Carter – 6.00
Leading Wicket Taker: Tom Curran – 13
In Amsterdam we reduced our hosts to 74-7 before Suman Engels (29 not out from 25) and Shane Snater (28 not out from 22) belatedly put their feet on the pedal for the Netherlands.
Sam Curran (2-28), Ben Stokes (2-7) and Tom Curran (2-22) led the way with the ball. Ben Foakes seized his opportunity behind the stumps by claiming five catches including a couple of absolute stunners.
Disappointingly we lost a few wickets in the chase but Joe Root (39 not out) led us to a six-wicket win after Ben Stokes had top scored with 44.
At the halfway stage of the inaugural Global ODI Invitational we stand undefeated and two wins clear of second place the Netherlands who’ve now lost their last two matches.
Disclaimer: This is a short write-up. Please look out for an update on my plans and how I intend to play the game given that things have become a little easy.
Your England squad for the Global One-Day International Round Seven match against the Netherlands in Amsterdam is as follows:
Jos Buttler (Captain)
Ben Foakes (Wicketkeeper)
Jos Buttler returns to captain the side having been rested from our last match against Nepal. It’s now the turn of Jonny Bairstow, who led the side in said match to take a well earned respite. That presents an opportunity for Ben Foakes to finally get on the field having performed 12th man duties recently. The Surrey man will don the gloves for this fixture. Moeen Ali and Jofra Archer also return to the travelling party with Chris Woakes rested. Lewis Gregory and Matthew Carter retain their places in the squad having impressed on debut against Nepal.
From an encouraging 34 without loss visitors Nepal freefalled to collapse to just 77 all out from 45.4 overs in Leeds. The side from the mountains actually scored at four runs per over for the first few overs and hinted at providing us with a rare contest but 34-0 became 34-3 in the blink of an eye and then deteriorated to 50-8 in a lot more blinks. Nepal dragged the innings out the best they could, highlighted no more so than by Reginald Purcell’s 71-minute 58-ball innings of 9.
Chris Woakes led the demolition with 3-18 while fellow new-ball bowler, debutante Lewis Gregory (1-22) claimed his first international wicket. After conceding one run in his first over, another debutante in the form of spin bowler Matthew Carter (1-6) bowled five consecutive maidens. Having already had the possible final wicket dropped (An absolute sitter by Dawid Malan!) the Nottinghamshire youngster provided captain for the day Jonny Bairstow with yet another tournament catch.
Surrey’s Sam Curran (2-8) picked up two wickets whilst brother Tom (1-11), Ben Stokes (1-4) and Liam Dawson (1-0) snaffled one each.
Nepal’s limp effort was particularly disappointing after opening pair Gamesha Murthy (22) and Akanksha Shroff (12) had started reasonably productively. Adopted Nepali Lyle Bradley contributed an encouraging 18 not out from number nine.
In pursuit of the small victory target Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone compiled 53 for the opening wicket before the former was deceived by a Pramod Kapadia slower ball and trapped plumb LBW for 21. The world’s worst review couldn’t save the Middlesex man! Lancashire’s Livingstone was scratchy at first but had moved to 32 from 27 before top edging and being caught by slip behind the keeper again of the impressive bowling of Kapadia (2-17). Joe Root (9*) and Jonny Bairstow (15*) were promoted up the order to provide their county fans with a rare glimpse of their homegrown stars and the experienced duo guided us to an eight-wicket victory.
Some of Nepal’s players come from the country’s capital Kathmandu but the men on the field could do nothing to save their nation from a heavy defeat. The batting of Murthy and Bradley as well as the bowling of Kapadia should at least provide some encouragement to one of Asia’s emerging cricket nations.
We now stand alone at the top of the table after the Netherlands failed to chase exactly 200 in Canada. Of course it’s a trip to Amsterdam for us next in the final ODI before returning to the Test format. Look out for our squad announcement soon.
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