The two squads ahead of the debut match in the Global Test Championship. Both teams play 1 spinner at Trent Bridge. Ben Foakes’s impressive debut series in Sri Lanka means he is retained ahead of the experienced Jonny Bairstow. South Africa prefer allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo to seamer Lungi Ngidi.
Welcome to the new Global Test Championship. 16 nations will compete against each other, once home and away, in a total of 30 games for each nation to decide the best Test team in the globe. In usual Test match format, there will be 5 days of gruelling competitive action with 4 points for a win, 2 for a draw and an extra bonus point for a first innings lead (full rules can be seen at the bottom of this post.) In a major twist to the regular Test matches, each match played will be a Day/Night match with the pink Kookaburra ball use, for only the 11th time in an official Test match. Along with the 12 full Test members, the GTC gives an opportunity for Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and Hong Kong to join the elite in their historic debut test matches. The GTC is all about opening cricket onto a wider platform in exciting conditions and contests with the introduction of new Test nations only further supporting the objective.
As Team Manager and Chairman of Selectors of the England team, there will be regular updates of the trails and travels of the side and how they perform. We will be looking to be challenging and be in contention for the finals come the end of the 30th round of action. County form for all countries and domestic competitions will lay an integral part in the selection of squads. For each side in the GTC, an initial squad of 15 will be chosen and then a 13 man squad selected on the eve of the match to decide the playing XI.
For the playing sides (seen at top of page), England omitted wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow, leg spinner Adil Rashid (12th man), seamer Jake Ball and allrounder Dom Bess, who were all released back into the County Championship. South Africa chose to leave out seamer Lungi Ngidi (12th man), allrounder Thenuis De Bruyn, wicketkeeper batsman Henrich Klassen and up coming seamer Duanne Oliver.
100 overs per day ; New ball at 80 overs ; Pink ball ; Various batting and bowling bonus points applied to each inning ; Demerit and disciplinary points and deductions + Flashing zing bails!
Trent Bridge will be the home to the GTC beginning but be sure to revisit the site for further updates on the outcome of not only this Test match but the rest in a highly anticipated competition. I hope you look forward to joining me on the quest to be the best in the globe as we take on the Proteas!
(Disclaimer): Information regarding the other Test matches will be in supply but not in as much detail as the main England side. The team are humbled by the support and hope for a positive start.
Short Leg (Ashes Cricket PS4 GTC)