Not for the first time on the international stage, West Indies’ all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite demonstrated his immense talent…
Unfortunately, if not for the first time, it was only about the second or third time he’d done so in 79 international appearances…
This can’t be another bi-annual flash in the pan for the thirty-year-old. With age and experience must come consistency.
As for criticism of the tournament structure, it’s misguided. Yes I’d love more nations to be a part of the WORLD Cup but as it is, the set-up is correct. Quite simply, everybody plays everybody and the best four teams qualify for the semi-finals. Call it predictable but isn’t this how it should be?
Smaller groups with less teams lead to one shock effecting the whole tournament. Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly a sporting romantic and love the underdog to prevail but the structure of the 2019 Cricket World Cup is fine. Some teams just need to play better and unfortunately teams like West Indies, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka took too long to do so!
What a shame that the atrocious weather has already washed out a record number of matches at this summer’s Cricket World Cup.
Last year there wasn’t a drop of rain to be seen. Our lawns were yellow and our reservoirs running dry. Now our gardens are lush green and the water banks are being encroached upon, people are even having to evacuate their homes!
I’m all for a bit of precipitation, we need the stuff but hopefully it’ll hold off a little to let the fans who’ve paid and travelled from afar to witness some cricket!
Because who really wants to go and see England anyway?
The last time that I paid £55.00 plus expenses England lost against Scotland!
I’m looking forward to seeing Afghanistan versus Pakistan in front of what should be a raucous Headingley crowd as well as the Hounds taking on West Indies.
Enjoy the World Cup folks!
Following on from my latest audiocast where I touched upon the subject of Liam Dawson and James Vince being unable to represent Hampshire in the One-Day Cup final, I feel that it’s necessary to look into things a bit further.
It’s a huge shame that these two players, both of whom are likely to more often than not be sub-fielding and carrying drinks for England (But you never know what can happen?!) can’t play in the domestic season’s marquee showpiece. It is of course only appropriate in the interest of fairness that they can’t. It would be unfair for them to be getting match practice, keeping their eye in, staying in form and gaining confidence when the players of the other World Cup participants can’t do so. You do have to question the ECB’s structuring of the English county season though as it is they who should’ve seen this coming and prevented it from happening. The One-Day Cup was played in an exclusive block up to a couple of weeks ago so why on Earth did we then return to First Class cricket for a couple of weeks before the One-Day final randomly slots in to the fixture list?
It’s a shame for the players in question and a kick in the teeth for devoted fans of a county game that in most people’s eyes is seriously struggling as a spectator sport. Remember that Vince is Hampshire’s captain and Dawson has been their star player this year.
Regarding Dawson, there are rumours that he’s been courted by Warwickshire but also that he may have hinted to Hampshire that he only wants a white-ball contract in the future. I’m disappointed to hear that but realistically he’s probably struggling to play Test cricket again. He’s been mightily effective in the PSL for a couple of years and if he can get IPL and CPL gigs as well as playing One-Day and Twenty20 cricket in England then there’s just about enough cricket to occupy him in the summer. This is before we consider the PSL, BPL and Big Bash etc in the winter time, not to mention the Hong Kong Blitz, Global T20 Canada and whatever pops up next! The riches of these gigs are far greater than the county game and a lot less gruelling so the appeal is understandable but it’s also confirmation that the standard of the four-day game in England in particular will continue to decline. If the best players desert it when still in their twenties, we could be left with only young players pre peak and old players post peak to fill the teams.
As for Vince, his appearances in an England shirt this summer have been exactly what everyone expected of him. Pretty but unsubstantial. Not out of his depth but not excelling. How will bench warming for England help him press his case for a top three Test vacancy come the Ashes?
Hopefully Dawson and Vince will get some game time at the World Cup. I’m a big fan of involving the whole squad when it comes to major tournaments but whether or not the structure of the 2019 competition and England’s results will allow it only time will tell.
Here’s a brand new audiocast…
Enjoy the World Cup!
Cricket Captain 2019 will be released on May 30th to coincide with the ODI Cricket World Cup!
You can read about the new features here…
With Cricket 19 released on console just two days earlier, it’ll be a busy gaming time for cricket fans.
We’ve got to get out of the house and look after our families sometimes though, so I’ll be giving Cricket Captain 2019 a miss, for now at least.
If you buy it then good luck and enjoy!
Hi followers… and new visitors!
The 2019 ODI Cricket World Cup takes place this summer in sunny old England. The first match sees hosts (And favourites!) England take on South Africa on May 30th.
Please find my Telegraph Fantasy Cricket teams for the 45-day (!!!) tournament below:
I’ll be looking to captain Buttler to serve a treat!
I’ll be attending Afghanistan versus West Indies at Headingley, so I look forward to witnessing first hand the Caribbean trio of Gayle, Holder and Cottrell rack up the points for me!
In my second XI, HOPEfully Shai Hope won’t be SHAI of runs!
I’ll also be voyaging to Leeds to see Afghanistan take on Pakistan, so HOPEfully (It never gets old!) Lewis, Hetmyer, Hope, Shahidi and Zazai will fire!
I’ll let you know how I got on come the conclusion of this summer’s ten team tournament.
Somerset’s briefly England spin bowler Dom Bess has joined Yorkshire on loan in what seems like a smart move for all parties.
Bess is a talented young cricketer who just can’t get in the team at home county Somerset. He’s understandably behind the ever impressive Jack Leach in the county’s pecking order. Similarly to players such as county colleague Craig Overton, Bess more than hinted that he has the temperament and talent to succeed at the highest level when gracing the Test arena. Overton has been ripping it up on the county scene this year but is still some way off an England recall. Bess too, what with the aforementioned Leach as well as England’s no.1 Test spinner Moeen Ali present, Ali like Bess being an off-spinning all rounder, is a million billion trillion miles away from England’s Test side. Bess has failed to make an impression during the One-Day Cup this year but will hope to hit his straps pronto in the County Championship with Yorkshire. Extremely capable with the bat in hand as demonstrated during his two Test appearances, Bess could yet end up being a more batting-orientated player.
What Josh Poysden will make of this who knows?
Poysden was recruited by the white rose county last year when Adil Rashid’s future was uncertain. He’s done okay in the One-Day Cup this year (6w @ 50.50, 5.51rpo) but only okay. He possesses a reasonable First Class record but in truth has played little for a man of his age…
Yorkshire’s premier spinner, Adil Rashid, was informed by England Selector Ed Smith that he needs to play red-ball cricket in order to be selected for England’s Test side. It may be that following his one outing in the Caribbean earlier this year that that ship has already sailed. Come winter tours on the subcontinent however, Smith may still want to get funky and pick Rashid. In the short term of course, he’ll be at the World Cup.
I’m not a fan of transfers left, right and centre in county cricket but this is the sort of mutually beneficial deal that gets an immensely talented player on the field so should be welcomed. You wouldn’t want Bess to stand in the way of homegrown talent but in truth the likes of Karl Carver will benefit from more exposure to second XI cricket whilst James Logan is injured.
Australia have neglected to select even a part-time wicketkeeping option in their World Cup squad…
Should Alex Carey fall ill or get injured just before the start of a match then Australia will be looking around for a sub-standard stand-in. I think that I’ve seen Aaron Finch keep wicket briefly.
Now they can call up an injury replacement if required. I hope that they’re not going to have one of Paine, Handscomb or Wade, all of whom are in an A squad that’s touring England during the World Cup, at the ground incase. If they do then they shouldn’t be allowed to make a same day change. All teams have been allowed to select a fifteen man squad… not sixteen!
I may be doing Australia a disservice here as I’m preempting actions but I hope it doesn’t happen then their integrity need not be questioned… again!
The word from the horse’s mouth is that Cricket Captain 2019 will be “Releasing for the start of the World Cup”.
Big Ant’s latest console effort, Cricket 19, will be with us around the same time and it’s great that the latest instalment of Cricket Captain will be arriving to coincide with this summer’s showcase too.