Many thanks to those of you who voted in my first ever poll. The results are in and we have a clear winner. It’s safe to say that ODI Cricket holds little appeal to people. I actually quite like the format. I think that having to construct a total in a limited but not too short amount of overs and manage a run chase require great skill and can be slow burning and exciting matches. Maybe ODI Cricket is everybody’s second favourite format.
Twenty20 placed second in the poll but by quite some distance. The shortest format received 17% of the votes.
Test cricket was the clear winner receiving 83%. What I love about Test cricket is the limitless potential of the possibilities. The twists and turns as the days go by are amazing and rarely can a team be considered truly out of the contest. A record last wicket stand is always there to be broken.
Clearly it was a small sample size but please share the link to my next poll with your friends and family.
Many thanks once again. I hope that the results are of interest to you and look out for my second poll soon…
P.S. Maybe next year we can do the same with The Hundred as an option!
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.
Your England squad for the Global One-Day Invitational Round Six match against Nepal at Headingley is as follows:
Jonny Bairstow (Captain/Wicketkeeper)
I’m delighted to announce that Jonny Bairstow will captain the side for the first time on his home ground. Congratulations also to Matthew Carter who comes into the squad for the first time and Lewis Gregory who returns to the national set-up after a long absence and will hope to win his first cap.
Captain Jos Buttler as well as all-rounder Moeen Ali have been rested from this fixture. Both players have been an integral part of the ODI and Test side of late. With one more ODI to follow before returning to the Test format for the business end of the North Western Hemisphere Test Championship, the decision has been made to rest said players as we have done with the likes of Joe Root, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes in recent matches. Jofra Archer also drops out of the side that won convincingly in Namibia.