Bye: Delivering on disability:
Leg Bye: Twenty-year-old Derbyshire stumper Harvey Hosein finished the 2016 county season with scores of 83 not out, 53, 108 and 59 yet he’s nowhere to be seen at the start of the 2017 campaign. He’s been replaced by thirty-one-year-old former Surrey and Ireland gloveman Gary Wilson. Meaning no disrespect to Wilson but unless Hosein is injured or otherwise unavailable it’s a huge shame if homegrown Hosein has simply been usurped following such strides last term.
No Ball: We’ll follow up my article…
… in more detail as the season progress but here’s a very early term report.
Jofra Archer – A seven-wicket haul and 60 not out from number eleven!
Daniel Bell-Drummond – First ballers, starts. Must convert in order to push for full international honours.
Dom Bess – Nowhere to be seen?!
Jack Burnham – Batting at three for Durham, scored 15 and 4 to kick off his campaign.
Nick Compton – Made 5 and 59 against MCC in Abu Dhabi but now injured.
Mark Footitt – Went viral with 6-14 in Surrey’s rout of Warwickshire. Continuing to take wickets but has found himself going at around four an over at times.
Wide: Progressive news for Don Bradman Cricket 17 followers:
Bye: Zim a Bad Way!
Needless to say that my last Test match on Don Bradman Cricket 17 didn’t merit a full write-up. Liam Livingstone’s Test debut consisted of two single figure visits to the crease and a handful of wicketless overs. Though compared with some, he actually had a good game!
Leg Bye: Intercredible Malan!
There was a pretty deplorable T20I defeat against Pakistan too. Only Liam Dawson (3-41) walked away from the game with any credit though Dawid Malan took three catches including this midair triumph.
No Ball: Majestic Morris!
This chap’s career is coming together though. Must be the UNICEF helmet!
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Bye: We provided Hong Kong cricket with a little promotion in a previous addition of Extras…
… and now England speed merchant Tymal Mills is heading east to blitz any batsmen that come before him.
Leg Bye: We provided Pakistan cricket with a little promotion (Because it needs it, it’s not like cricket is already big in Pakistan!) in a previous addition of Extras…
… and now England ‘speed merchant’ Steven Finn is heading east to blitz any batsmen that come before him.
No Ball: Liam Livingstone for England anybody?
… or at least in your Telegraph fantasy team. Watch out for my article in April on who, why and how to pick a successful team!
P.S. Despite LLs 50, we lost the T20I against Zimbabwe in Boston, USA by nine wickets with none of our bowlers able to strike. Our solitary wicket was a run out.
Wide: Duckett delivers!
It’s back to back wins for England’s Test side after victory in Sharjah. With Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings rested, Ben Duckett made the most (Well, made something) of the opportunity to bat in his recognised position by scoring exactly 50. Duckett put on 47 for the first wicket with debutant Daniel Bell-Drummond, who made 8. Jake Ball recorded match figures of 12-62 as UAE were bowled out for just 61 in their first innings and courtesy of some generous bowling changes, a more respectable 163 in their second. Adil Rashid batted as well as anybody for England in recent times when making 59 batting at six in England’s second innings. Rashid shared a last wicket stand of 48 with a determined Jack Leach before Ball led England to a 175-run victory.
Bye: Napoleon Einstein!
Leg Bye: England outcast Ben Duckett is amongst those named in an MCC squad to play the annual county season precursor in Abu Dhabi. The MCC side will take on 2016 County Championship prevailers Middlesex in a match that commences on 26th March. With the North v South fixture also now part of the season, there are plenty of opportunities for fringe England players to put forward a case to the national selectors. Uncapped spin bowlers Mason Crane and Jack Leach are also amongst those in the MCC squad. For the full party please refer to the link below…
… and on the subject of the MCC, if anybody’s looking for a job…
No Ball: A little precursor to our review of Roy Morgan’s Real International Cricket (Which won’t be for a while due to the small font size!)…
Poor Fraser, out for a duck when absolutely everybody else made double figures!
Wide: Tune into this YouTube channel from a fellow cricket blogger…
Bye: Tempted, very tempted!
Leg Bye: Monty Panesar will act as a spin bowling consultant for… Australia!
Supposedly Monty is to help fellow spinner Steve O’Keefe ahead of Australia’s tour of India. Obviously Monty has more international experience than O’Keefe but SO’K averages about eight runs less with the ball than Monty in First Class cricket!
What’s Panesar doing helping the Ozzies anyway?
Shouldn’t he be working on earning an England recall?
No Ball: Desert T20 Challenge
I’m sure that like me you’ve been wondering why Papua New Guinea aren’t present. A fellow blogger told me that they wanted to save costs and didn’t think that the tournament was relevant, hence Namibia’s presence. Surely some competitive matches against their fellow associates would have been worth the investment.
Are the PNG players happy with not actually playing international cricket?
Oh and Owais Shah is coaching UAE!
Wide: Ouch! Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill isn’t having much luck at the moment. Dropped from the national side, hit on the head first with a ball and now with a bat!
Extras is back and we’ve got an eastern theme this time at the crease.
Bye: The Hong Kong T20 Blitz is a tournament that is attracting big names such as Michael Clarke, Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakarra to the orient and can surely serve as an inspiration to countries such as USA. Following last year’s inaugural event, two new franchises have been added making a grand total of six teams participating in the tournament in the orient in 2017.
Leg Bye: The Hong Kong Sixes are also due to make a long awaited return to the cricketing calendar in 2017. England have actually won the most tournaments, joint topping the list alongside Pakistan with five victories.
No Ball: I’m currently in the midst of leading an England side in a Test match against Hong Kong on Don Bradman Cricket 17 but you’ll have to wait until the completion of what should (Could?) be an epic match for a detailed report. Let’s just say that we’ll need to bat better in our second innings than we did in our first!
Wide: Err, anything else I can think of about Hong Kong… Dermot Reeve!