Hello and welcome to all fans of cricket around the world. Strap yourselves in this will be a good’un!
Following my recent appointment as Selection Drafter and Designer for the England men’s cricket team, in a freshly accommodated role, I am thrilled to announce our participation in the exciting opening of the Eastern Hemisphere Test League. The League has been created between the partnership of the MCC and the ICC with the aim to and advance and expand the game of cricket across all nations. Our team are enthusiastic and passionate to be the inaugural Eastern Hemisphere champions and can’t wait to contribute to a new era of international cricket alongside our fellow debuting nations.
We launch the league against new ODI and T20I ranked nation Papua New Guinea and will follow up with Tests home and away against Denmark, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong and of course PNG. These 10 Test matches will take place in the space of a couple of months and will transform Test cricket for the better including a headline grabbing Final which alongside the League, will definitely propel cricket in these lower ranked countries.
I am pleased to confirm that Joe Root will retain his Test captaincy and alongside him, myself and James Taylor have deliberated and decided of our playing squad for our first encounter.
The playing squad for our inaugural Eastern Hemisphere Test encounter against Papua New Guinea at Lords, the Home of Cricket, is:
Joe Root (Captain)
Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper)
Additional Travelling Squad Members: Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Mark Wood,
This squad has been designed to be flexible and bring variety to our cricket in the circumstance where the surface is unexpected or injuries crop up. We have the options available in our players to be as balanced as possible and adapt to a world of situations and scenarios. The opportunity to give Sussex opening batsman Luke Wells an international debut will remain the big question on many lips especially pundits whilst Dawson and Ali vie it out for the spinning all rounder spot.
As we embark on an exciting adventure, be sure to follow our journey online and in person around the eastern hemisphere whilst we hope to make noise and sing songs with the Barmy Army!
There will be detailed match reports of all England games in the newly formed Test league on this website and match analysis from the other remaining matches, including Germany’s expedition to Hong Kong with three English domestic players: Ollie Rayner (Middlesex) Craig Meschede (Glamorgan) Dieter Klein (Leicestershire) and Denmark’s first ever 5 day game at the Hammerby Arena against opponents Fiji! We are thankful and grateful of the support and hope to deliver at the Home of Cricket against a competitive Papua New Guinea.
Jamie Hamilton , Selection Drafter and Designer, England