England’s Wasted Tour of New Zealand

What did England actually learn during their T20I triumph in Aeotorea?

Not a lot!

Players we already knew were good that reaffirmed as much and gained even more confidence:

Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan

Players that did okay:

Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid

Players that aren’t yet good enough but are hopefully better for the experience and will come back stronger.

Saqib Mahmood, Pat Brown

Players that have had enough chances and have reached their ceiling limit:

James Vince, Sam Billings

Players that took wickets when defending a massive total:

Matt Parkinson

(This is not a criticism. We can only analyse the opportunities presented and Parkinson definitely has qualities)

Players the captain doesn’t rate:

Joe Denly now add Lewis Gregory

Players who did well out of this series:

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Ben Foakes, Liam Livingstone and countless others.

To be fair to Morgan and England, despite missing numerous senior players and constantly rotating including in the final, England won!

It’s a Numbers Game!

200 followers!

What do you mean that half of them are spam?

What do you mean that the other half are friends and family who were forced to handover their e-mail address?

1000 T20Is

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19312/game/1187013/india-vs-bangladesh-1st-t20i-bangladesh-in-india-2019-20

17 matches, 1 innings, 1 ball faced for Lancashire but it took only 1 game for England for Saqib Mahmood to be required to bat and score his first runs in T20 cricket be it international or domestic!

http://m.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/643885.html

6, 6, 6 – Chris Jordan. 3-0-13-2 becomes 4-0-37-2 for Ish Sodhi!

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19297/scorecard/1187666/new-zealand-vs-england-2nd-t20i-england-in-new-zealand-2019-20

199-0 (20.0) courtesy of Alyssa Healy and Elysse Perry!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/scorecard/ECKO46156

8-64/5-67 = 13-131. Could Chadd Sayers yet double his number of Test caps?

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8043/scorecard/1196121/south-australia-vs-new-south-wales-8th-match-marsh-sheffield-shield-2019-20

16 The current T20I ranking for Papua New Guinea who have qualified for the T20I World Cup in Australia.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/t20i

Who Should Keep Wicket in NZ? The Results

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Many thanks to those of you who voted in my latest poll and now the results are in I can confirm that there’s not much to choose between the contenders. I can also confirm that it won’t be the man in the above image donning the gloves!

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33% of voters plumped for Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow to don the gloves in New Zealand. I’m sure that some will want him to use the disappointment of being dropped from the Test side to fire him up in the T20Is and potentially retake the Test gloves come the tour of South Africa.

33% also went for uncapped Somerset star Tom Banton. Banton lit up English county cricket last year and has already earned some franchise gigs for the winter that lies ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how his role in a team be it county, franchise or international and his career as a whole pan out in this ever-changing cricket landscape.

17% of you want Kent captain Sam Billings to keep wicket which may be appropriate because 17 sounds like the kind of score he might make! There’s lots of competition for top order batting slots. Will Billings get one let alone get the gloves?

17% of you also want to see the gloves shared around between Bairstow, Banton and Billings during the T20I series in Aotearoa.

Many thanks once again and look out for my next poll soon.

Disclaimer: Admittedly six votes is a small sample size. Be sure to share the link to my next poll with all your friends. Thank you!

Malan the Man!

England T20I batsman Dawid Malan looks certain to complete what may seem a slightly surprising move north to Yorkshire.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/cricket/50056801

Malan’s long association with Middlesex seems at an end with the burden of captaincy and the need for a fresh start possibly playing a part in the decision.

England ambitions may also be a factor with Yorkshire playing in Division One of the County Championship whilst Middlesex continue to languish in Division Two. Malan is part of England’s squad for the T20I series in New Zealand and was possibly unlucky to miss out to Joe Denly in the summer’s Test squads. At 32, age might hinder the left-hander’s international ambitions but then again he’s younger than Denly. To be fair to Denly, he fought hard and went onto make some vital contributions for England.

With a line-up assembled from the likes of Lyth, Fraine, Ballance, Malan, Kohler-Cadmore, Brook, Tattersall, possibly Bairstow and occasionally even Root, Yorkshire’s batting could look extremely strong next season. It’s to be hoped that young players such as Brook benefit from the experience of playing alongside seasoned professionals such as Malan and don’t just find themselves confined to the Second XI.

As well as adding ballast to the four-day side Malan would be a welcome addition to Yorkshire’s white-ball outfit. Yorkshire have relied heavily on their top three (Lyth, TK-C and Willey) and once those guys have been dismissed the rest of the batting line-up have failed to fire. Mystifyingly and speaking as somebody who’s played in amateur leagues in Yorkshire, there’s been few signs of destructive young batsmen coming through the ranks. With the aforementioned batters at the top of the order Malan may have to settle for batting at four in List A and T20 cricket despite a history of opening in the shorter formats.

I’m a big fan of Dawid Malan and would love to see him at Yorkshire.

http://m.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/236489.html

I’m not a fan of a busy transfer market in county cricket but appropriate and logical transfers that enhance sides and provide players with opportunities are welcome. If all goes through as anticipated then I look forward to seeing Malan in a Yorkshire shirt in 2020.

What’s Your Favourite Format of Cricket? The Results!

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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.

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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!