Ashes Cricket (PS4): Global Test Championship Round 3 Review

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Afghanistan’s winning streak continued in their crushing 473 run win against a stunned Bangladesh side. Opening pair Janet Ihsanullah and Javad Ahmadi destroyed the bowling attack scoring 75 and 69 in the first innings before a mammoth partnership in their second innings of 620-8 declared virtually winning the match with Ihsanullah scoring a magical 242. Left armer Fareed Ahmad’s took 6 wickets on debut alongside 17 year old spinner Mujeeb, who led the spin attack with 7-99. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim gave Bangladesh a single positive note with two half centuries but Afghanistan go 3 from 3!

Australia - Zimbabwe

Australia bounced back from their morale damaging loss to Afghanistan with a comfortable 5 wicket win against Zimbabwe. Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch’s centuries led a platform for Australia who then forced Zimbabwe to follow on after a Josh Hazelwood blitz. Ryan Burl maintained his big score making with anther century whilst spinners Hamilton Masakadza and Graeme Cremer led the attack with the ball for the visitors. Pat Cummins took his first 5 wicket haul of the GTC as Australia racked up their second win at home. 

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In a thrilling contest in the heart of Hong Kong, Sri Lanka held their nerve in a tight finish to record a one wicket win. Sri Lanka’s spin duo of Danajaya De Silva and Malinda Pushpakumara shone with 12 wickets between them but it was the Gunathilaka and Samarawickrama knocks which pushed the tourists across the line. Nadeem Ahmed and Eisaz Khan starred with the ball for Hong Kong with 6 and 4 wickets respectively alongside a Nizakat Khan blockbuster century which put Hong Kong into a respectable position. Hong Kong’s fearless nature for a debut nation was amazing to see and despite losing 3 from 3 they have performed admirably. 

India - South Africa

India’s comprehensively defeated South Africa by 233 runs in a record breaking contest at Eden Gardens. KL Rahul’s amazing century scoring was at the pinnacle of India’s 400+ innings with back to back centuries to go alongside his consecutive centuries against Scotland. Hardik Pandya and Chetseswar Pujara also made centuries whilst zippy bowler Jasprit Bumrah terrorised the Proteas batting with 8-195. Proteas captain Faf Du Plessis scored the GTC’s highest individual score with 285 in South Africa’s valiant chase of 760 which had been forced upon them from their poor first innings total.

Ireland - Scotland

Ireland returned back to earth from their impressive away victory against Pakistan with an 8 wicket loss to neighbouring country Scotland. Safyaan Sharif headlined Scotland’s impressive bowling display with 7 wickets including 4 big scalps in Ireland’s paltry 197. Matt Cross gave Scotland the upper hand with a blitzing century whilst Kyle Coetzer, George Munsey and Callum MacLeod registered half centuries in the game. Andy Balbirnie was Ireland’s only supporting act taking 3 part time wickets before notching up 186 which wasn’t enough to give the Irish hopefuls a sniff at a result. 

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A Sagar Pun and Sandeep Lamichhane masterclass led Nepal to a historic and world breaking victory against the experienced Pakistan. Pun scored an unbeaten 130 in the first innings before scoring 109 in the second innings which set the platform for the successful chase. Lamichhane took 7 wickets and spun the game back into Nepal’s favour after Pakistan had taken a 100 run plus lead. Asif Shafiq and Fakhar Zaman provided the dim spotlight on a shell shocking loss with 144 and two fifties respectively. Nepal’s debut win will be remembered long into the Nepalese cricketing history as they push Pakistan to 3 defeats in a row!

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New Zealand produced an impressive performance to annihilate Netherlands by 10 wickets. Tim Southee was the standout of the seamers with a five wicket haul backed up admirably by the rest of the attack whilst Tom Latham smashed an almost run a ball 158. Colin de Grandhomme muscled a quick fire 81 as Netherlands struggled to match 552 in both innings with only last match double centurion Ben Cooper hitting a core of note with 107. New Zealand knocked off the measly 38 in no time and swiftly moved to 3 consecutive wins on the bounce. 

England take on the West Indies at Old Trafford where the hosts and the tourists will be striving to pick up their first points of the Championship!

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Dawson Dawning on the World Cup!

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Liam Dawson. Since his surprise selection in the Twenty 20 World Cup squad in 2016, he has been in and out of the team and used sparingly by England over the past two or so years. But, with the World Cup approaching could some a late burst of form stand him in with a chance or will he continue to be the fringe player of England. 

The Hampshire spinning all rounder has featured in 3 Test matches for England where he featured twice away in India (2016) taking 2-129 and then featuring at the start of Joe Root’s  (2017) reign against South Africa where he took four key wickets but made a pair. His home Test debut was too be his last one up until now and unless he shows improvement in 4 day matches, England will look to him as a back up One Day player. His last T20I was February 2018 against New Zealand in the Tri Series and has played 6  T20I matches for England. Dawson recently featured in the opening 2 Sri Lankan away ODIS where he showed good form with the ball in the rain affected matches taking 1-26 from 6 overs. This couldn’t be his transformation into the side as a side strain ruled him out of contention for the rest of the series and seemingly the World Cup out with him.

But, after re-joining the Peshawar Zalmi for this year’s Pakistan Super League, Dawson began to find that performance level from the recent Sri Lanka ODIS. The 29 year old featured more heavily with the bat and showed his all round ability scoring 169 runs in 8 innings including a match winning 52NO. His bowling was tight and economical with 3 wickets @ 55.56 but at an accurate 7.26 economy rate, helping Peshawar make the finals. 

 http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8679/report/1168840/islamabad-united-vs-peshawar-zalmi-21st-match-pakistan-super-league-2018-19

Dawson is clearly behind the leading two spinners in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid and is unlikely despite good PSL form to obtain a World Cup Spot. However, with his T20 reputation growing, will England take their chance with the all rounder who has shown (at times) that he can be valuable to the International side?

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/cricket/45861329

What if Moeen Ali or Adil Rashid get injured and are ruled out, is Dawson the shoe in? Will he make big strides in the early first class season? Can he make the T20I World Cup squad for Australia? He has shown he has the potential but he needs to maximise it and quickly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricket XI County Championship Fantasy Team

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Short Leg is back with a bang and in case Telegraph Fantasy Cricket isn’t for you or is too expensive like me, CricketXI is the alternative free to play classic Fantasy game. 

https://cricketxi.com/

It appears to be a traditional fantasy cricket game alongside the head to head leagues and will also feature the IPL (Indian Premier League 2019) and the ongoing JLT Sheffield Shield (Australia 4 day Domestic 2019) so if you didn’t want to just chance your arm at the county comp in England, these options are available for you. 

With a busy year of Cricket for International players with the Ashes and the World Cup occurring, it will be a chance for some of the less experienced and younger players at the county clubs to step up and make a name for themselves. Likewise with the County season opening at the beginning of April, it is a fantastic opportunity for players to push their case for the Ashes squad (especially the top order!) later on in the Summer. 

Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) is making his first County Championship performance in his career FC: 10510 runs @ 46.16 35 hundreds and 43 fifties Tests: 4074 @ 36.05 8 hundreds and 22 fifties 

Zak Crawley (Kent) FC 2018: 755 runs @ 31.45 1 hundred and 4 fifties 

Will Rhodes (Warwickshire) FC 2018: 972 runs @ 44.25 4 hundreds and 4 fifties 

Tom Haines (Sussex) FC 2018: 319 runs @ 31.90 1 hundred and 1 fifty 1-82(33.0) 

Matt Renshaw (Somerset 2018 + Australia / Kent 2019) FC 2018: 513 runs @ 51.30 3 hundreds and 1 fifty

 Ollie Pope (Surrey + England) FC 2018: 986 runs @ 70.42 4 hundreds and 1 fifty 

Tom Moores (Notts) FC 2018: 616 runs @ 29.33 1 hundred an 2 fifties 

Liam Dawson (Hampshire) FC 2018: 385 runs @ 25.66 1 fifty – 20 wickets @ 31.35

Steven Mullaney (Notts) 601 runs @ 30.05 1 hundred and 4 fifties – 11 wickets @ 36.54

 Matt Critchley (Derbyshire) 705 runs @ 28.20 1 hundred and 4 fifties –  32 wickets @ 36.08

Tom Helm (Middlesex) 12 wickets @ 33.71 

Ben Sanderson (Northans) 60 wickets @ 16.70

Dom Bess (Somerset) 11 wickets @ 54.72

Jake Ball (Notts) 28 wickets @ 22.25 

Mason Crane (Hampshire) didn’t feature due to injury but did feature in one Test in the 2017-18 Ashes series for England

I will post updates throughout the season to see how team Short Leg Cricket fares in the English County World. Stay tuned for some upcoming articles on the site all involving the Cricketing world. Thanks for reading and visit soon!

 

 

Cricket 19

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Following last week’s teaser of a new console Cricket game, today England Cricket Twitter page confirmed the new game with the title of Cricket 19 with Big Ant Studios. This game is subjected to be released in May of this year, so well before the Ashes start and just before the beginning of the Cricket World Cup. Just the fact there is a new Cricket game to spend hours playing is simply fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I will link in the two videos with some analysis and the link of the information from the England Cricket website. Enjoy your days and week and I will be back at some stage next week.

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1087746/big-ant-studios-to-deliver-cricket-19-the-official-game-of-the-ashes

 

Little Update!

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You might be wondering where the Ashes Cricket articles, the Cricket Captain reports and the events of International cricket overviews been. Well don’t fear I am still hear alive as ever! However, due to an upcoming exam in two weeks (I’m 15 by the way for those asking which might be none of you but it just helps to know), time is not at the moment falling my way and unfortunately I have not posted since last week. There will be a short lull in posts and I apologise for that whilst I prepare and then complete my exam but after that look forward to plenty of Cricket content coming your way.

This may include:

Ashes Cricket Global Test Championship report of England’s adventures at Old Trafford against the Caribbean fellows of West Indies.

Ashes Cricket Career Mode

Cricket Captain 2018 Australian Journey

T20 , ODI, Test and Domestic Opinions and Reports

IPL Previews

Any other Cricket content really…

Thanks for the continued support, advice and guidance and I hope you understand my decision and I look forward to be posting once again!

 

 

Ironed and Fired – Irish crushed in Afghanistan! (Photos courtesy of Cric Info and ECB Cricket)

On many other days, 194-6 would be a winning score and certainly one of the higher scores in T20I history. However, the chaos and carnage caused just over an hour before will remain in the record books for a long time!! Fans of bowling look away now!

278-3 – Highest Team Total

236 – Highest T20I Partnership

16 – Most sixes in individual innings

162NO – Second highest individual T20I score

42 balls – Third fastest men’s T20I ton

Take a bow Harzratullah Zazai! 162 from just 62 deliveries with 16 sixes and 11 fours. Take a lie down Irish bowlers and fielders! Zazai has been mentioned by other bloggers as one to watch htpp://www.sillypointcricket.com. and the fans certainly didn’t take their eye of him. 16 sixes and 11 fours at a strike rate of 261.3 has definitely boosted his stats.

In just his 5th T20I Match, Zazai has shown that he will be a cornerstone to Afghanistan’s future success with the bat and the upcoming World Cup could be the place to promote his name around the world.

This doesn’t make good reading for Ireland with 8.75 being the most economical. 8 bowlers were used in a run fest that Ireland just watched the ball sail into the crowd! Credit to the bowlers for giving it their all throughout the 20 overs.

Rashid Khan then showed Ireland and the rest of his team mates how to bowl taking 4-25. I’m pretty sure he was bowling on a different surface to everyone else …

Paul Sterling’s 91 from 50 was Ireland’s highest T20I individual score and his partnership with Kevin O’Brien of 126 was Ireland’s highest opening partnership. So Ireland still broke records in a record breaking loss!

What a crazy game and roll on Game 3 of this Twenty20 International Series!

Short Leg boldly predicts that Paul Sterling will make a ton and Usman Ghani will make another 50+ plus score. As for Zazai, he could make a 100 or a first ball duck- who knows?

Big Bash 08 Roundup!

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Following the recent article on the conclusion of the Big Bash (link below), Short Leg returns to the topic of the Aussie T20 league to hand out various awards and reflect and roundup the action that happened during our winter. 

Big Bash 08 Season

Batter of the Season: D’Arcy Short 637 runs @ 53.08 (Hobart Hurricanes) 50s: 6 HS: 96NO SR: 140.62

Bowler of the Season: Kane Richardson 24 wickets @ 17.71 (Melbourne Renegades) BB: 3-22 E: 7.75

Young Batter of the Season: Josh Philippe 304 runs @ 30.40 (Sydney Sixers) 50s: 2 HS: 86 SR: 158.33

Young Bowler of the Season: Rashid Khan 19 @ 18.11 (Adelaide Strikers) BB: 3-19 E: 6.14

Young Gun of the Season: Max Bryant 335 runs @ 27.92 (Brisbane Heat) 50s: 1 HS: 71NO SR: 150.22

All Rounder of the Season: Dan Christian 254 runs @ 31.75 + 15 wickets @ 23.13 (Melbourne Renegades) / Chris Green 8 wickets @ 31.88 + 172 runs @ 43 (Sydney Thunder) 

Comeback Player of the Season: Steve O’Keefe 21 wickets @ 17.52 (Sydney Sixers) BB: 3-19 E: 6.57

Unsung Player of the Season: Sam Harper 341 runs @ 22.73 (Melbourne Renegades) 50s: 1 HS: 56 SR: 139.75

Overseas Player of the Season: Tom Curran 20 wickets @ 19.85 + 185 runs @ 30.83 (Sydney Sixers)

Match of the Season: Sydney Thunder 4-182 beat Perth Scorchers 4-181 96 from Shaun Marsh and 113NO by Callum Ferguson

https://www.bigbash.com.au/match-results

Performance of the Season: Brisbane Heat’s opening duo of Ben Cutting and Max Bryant whacking 158 for the loss of 0 wickets to crush the Melbourne Stars inside 10 overs.

Underperformers of the Season: Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers

Catch of the Season: The award goes to Nathan Coulter Nile (Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers) and Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder)

https://www.bigbash.com.au/video/bbl08-top-ten-catches/2019-02-13

Wicket of the Season: Qais Ahmed to Marcus Stoinis 

https://www.bigbash.com.au/video/qais-ahmad-spell-hobart-hurricanes-melbourne-stars-big-bash-blundstone-arena-video-highlights/2019-02-14

Shot of the Season: Glenn Maxwell six off the bowling of Clive Rose.

https://www.bigbash.com.au/video/bbl-big-bash-league-biggest-sixes-chris-lynn-glenn-maxwell-shane-watson-aaron-finch/2019-02-13

Fan Catch / Attempt of the Season: Actions speak louder than words!

https://www.republicworld.com/sports-news/cricket-news/must-watch-fan-almost-completes-the-greatest-catch-in-sporting-history-in-big-bash-league

Player Interaction/Banter of the Season: Melbourne Renegades Tim Ludeman channels his inner Richie Benaud and Tony Greig !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcTaJUhr5uU

Short Leg’s Team of the Season

1- D’Arcy Short

2- Matthew Wade

3- Marcus Stoinis

4- Callum Ferguson 

5- Ashton Turner

6- Jonathan Wells

7- Dan Christian

8- Rashid Khan

9- Kane Richardson

10- Josh Lalor

11- Steve O’Keefe 

Thank you for reading and enjoying the second part to the BBL roundup of Season 8 down in Australia. Stay tuned for more Cricket content including the outcome of the 3rd Global Test Championship between England and West Indies as well as the tales of the Cricket Captain 2018 journey with Australia against Pakistan! Until next time.

 

 

 

Ones to Watch: Sheffield Shield


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Sheffield ShieldFollowing the conclusion of the Big Bash in Australia and a wait for the Australian side to be back playing in India, the Sheffield Shield provides a fantastic platform not only for the end of the season and league conclusion but what could come from it. A successful 4 day campaign and form at the end of the season could grab you a spot on the Australia A tour to England prior to possible selection for the Ashes. A lull in form could see you axed from the squad and out of contention with spots up for grabs for the Ashes tour. Short Leg will pick out players who will be ones to focus on in the final 4 matches of the Australian domestic season.

Matthew Wade (Tasmania) 571 runs @ 63.44 HS: 137 100s: 1 50s: 5 

Wade has had an amazing season with the bat after topping the charts so far in the JLT Sheffield Shield amassing 571 runs from 12 innings with 1 century and 5 half tons. He also recently assisted the Hobart Hurricanes to top of the BBL Table before crashing out in the Semi’s with 592 runs in an instrumental top order partnership with Western Australian D’Arcy Short. Wade has been subject of a lot of press since his return to form as his determination to be in the Test squad has received mixed reviews. He made the good point to the coach Justin Langer about scoring runs = place in the side, which he had quoted from Langer from his arrival speech. With a sense of injustice of not being included in the International squad, a good finish to the season for Wade will further strengthen his case and will surely see him in the Australia A tour of England before the Ashes. 

Conor McLnerney (South Australia Redbacks) 285 runs @ 25.90 HS: 63 50s: 2  1-57(15.0)

In a somewhat disappointing and poor performance from the South Australia side in the Sheffield Shield, the 24 year old left arm batsman has been a shining light in a dim bulb. Having registered 2 losses and 4 draws, the Redbacks are yet to find the winning formula yet McLnerney has been a mainstay at the top of the order in just his debut season. The born and bred home favourite batsman has shown a good temperament and steadiness at the top of the order alongside fellow experienced players Tom Cooper (501) and Jake Lehmann (461). His strike rate of 39.25 demonstrates his Matthew Renshaw like way of going about playing the Dukes ball early on but has yet to make a big, match winning score which will be his aim coming into the end of the season. A strong finish to a debut campaign and a few more wickets to compliment his status in the side could see him come into a T20 gig or a county stint in England. 

Jimmy Peirson (Queensland Bulls) 297 runs @ 37.12 HS: 82NO 50s: 2 22 catches

Peirson has been in exceptional form for Queensland, leading from the front with the bat . His keeping has stayed consistent with some standout catches as well as some ingenious captaincy bringing the Bulls home to victories on occasions. Most notably, he played a typical captain’s innings in the previous Shield match with 75NO alongside Michael Neser 76NO which gave Queensland a brilliant win against Tasmania in a big 414 chase. At 26 years of age, Peirson seems to have been in the Australian domestic setup for a long time and his experience collated from the Big Bash will be invaluable for Queensland in the chase for the finals. A continuation of his early season form could see him in the reckoning for higher honours, a possible replacement for Tim Paine if he is injured?

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8043/report/1150125/day/4/tasmania-vs-queensland-18th-match-sheff-shield

Matthew Kelly (Western Warriors) 17 wickets @ 29.35 BBI: 5-61 BBM: 6-102 E: 2.79

Kelly’s fiery pace and accurate line and length has seem him go from strength to strength this season after a positive start to the first class life. As well as that, his Big Bash form went under the radar in a dismal display by the Perth Scorchers with his range of variations and genuine line and length gaining him 11 wickets in the 7 games he featured in. Changes have been made for Western Australian from their Big Bash side to their First Class side with regular coach Justin Langer in charge of Australia with former player Adam Voges taking over. Both teams have gone for youth and Kelly at 24 has shown his value to the squad with the age aside, he has shown his know how on many occasions. With 5 players in the squad poised to make debuts due to the unavailability of several Australia ODI squad players, Kelly will be destined to lead the line and with this chance he could possibly force himself into the future international sides.

Alex Pyecroft (Tasmania Tigers) 10 wickets @ 15.50 BBI: 5-28 BBM: 6-103 E: 2.29

What a revelation Pyecroft has been to the Tasmania side. Which ever scout picked him up seems to have found an early gem! I might be slightly bigging him up but taking a five fa in your debut first class match against an experienced Queensland side is no mean feat. His arrival to the crease saw Queensland collapse to 86-8, incidentally in a match the Bulls won. The 26 year old found five outside edges of the batsman in a controlled and rewarding spell of bowling announcing himself on the domestic scene! He has only played the last 2 matches but his introduction seems to have been a boost to the bowling stocks of Tasmania which includes wily bowler Jackson Bird, young gun Gabe Bell and Hobart Hurricanes T20 star Riley Meredith. Sitting in 5th place, the Tigers need some wins to propel them up the table and will be looking at their bowling attack including Pyecroft to compliment their experienced batting of Test captain Tim Paine and Matthew Wade.

Chadd Sayers (South Australia Redbacks) 11 wickets @ 32.36 BBI: 5-101 BBM: 6-155 E: 2.84

The forgotten man of Australian cricket returns with a point to prove! Caught up in the turmoil of the South African tour and the Sandpaper incident of Cape Town, Sayers flew out to the Proteas and performed admirably in the first innings in Johannesburg (final test) bowling 35 overs at an economy of 2.23 with 2 wickets. The recent subsequent test tours for Australia have seen Sayers exiled and return to the domestic scene. Following early injury, Sayers has played 3 matches and started in blistering form with the ball. At the age of 31, Sayers has experience on side and time and his future Australian aspirations seem to be slim. However, he has played 1 Test match for the Baggy Greens which many can say they haven’t and his return to form will be instrumental in his side’s chances of registering a victory in the Shield. 

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/cricket/chadd-sayers-wont-bow-to-knee-injury-or-national-contract-snub-in-quest-for-test-recall/news-story/dcc778ec0810d03622863156606417c8

The Shield begins on Saturday evening and should be an exciting season ender with places for future tours and closer tours in the form of the Australia A tour of England and then the Ashes up for grabs. A lot of players will be jumping at the chance to have some late season form which could give them winter opportunities in England for a possible county stint. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricket Captain 2018: A Ripper of a Match – Pakistan Australia T20I Final

Final Result

555 runs scored, 10 wickets and a dropped catch. The Pakistan – Australia T20I Final had it all!

Final: Pakistan vs Australia

Aus Final line up

Australia reverted back to their more favoured XI for the T20I final with Ashton Agar dropped in place of the towering fast bowler Billy Stanlake. 

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Zaman had previously shown signs in this Tri Series of making a huge score and backed up his destructive record with a blistering start against Short and Faulkner. He continued his onslaught leaving Farhan away from the strike which payed for his downfall as Finch took the catch at short cover from leggie Zampa for 8. Sohail joined Zaman and took a similar attack to the Australian bowlers, down on confidence from their two recent defeats. 

Final Fahkar Zaman batting

Each bowler that came on was hammered from good and bad balls with Zaman targeting more obscurer areas than Sohail with intricate shots mixed along with the big slog. Sohail power housed his way to 50 taking no prisoners and his 69 was filled with boundaries. The crowd certainly saw some outstanding T20 batting! Pakistan were looking set for a mammoth score with 182 on the board but Australia weren’t down and out and sparked a collapse of 4 wickets for just 7 runs. Sohail’s aggression was halted by Faulkner with his leg cutter deceiving him before trapping young batsman Talat in front for a second ball duck. Faulkner soon had his third with Hafeez departing first ball behind to Carey as Pakistan looked to be overly attacking with each batsman that came. 

Final James Faulkner bowling

3 in four balls for the left arm seamer restricted Pakistan from a potentially record breaking score.

Zaman reached his century with his 4th maximum before Richardson found his edge for a memorable century propelling Pakistan well ahead of the game. At 5-189, Australia had certainly restricted Pakistan but a 38 run partnership from just two overs swung the momentum back to the hosts as Ahmed 19 from 7 and Shadab Khan 20 from 8 showed glimpses of the early big hitting demonstrated by Zaman. 227-6 was a huge and very defendable score and gave Pakistan the upper hand with confidence and momentum on their side.

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Australia were well aware that it would be a remarkable and memorable chase if they achieved it and seemed to have that belief and intent from the word go. Finch and Short quickly climbed into Amir and Hasan Ali in a destructive start punishing each length whilst running well between the wickets and keeping the pressure on the Pakistan fielding side. Usman Khan Shinwari had barely featured for the Pakistan T20I side before but bowled an incredible maiden in the midst of the carnage created by the opening duo. However, the duo were undeterred and duly attacked leg spinner Shadab Khan and seamer Ashraf and took advantage of some wayward bowling. Both reached their 50 before departing with in the space of three balls. 

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Finch left first for 58 trapped in front by Shadab Khan and then Short went for 58 likewise LBW to Khan. Finch gets the top run scorer thanks to his superior strike rate, striking at 232. At 118-2, Australia still needed 100+ runs with 10 or so overs to go and their task was made harder when Lynn succumbed to Khan’s googly. Travis Head looked impressive with two boundaries but was out for a brisk 14 leaving us 143-4 with chances slimming. 

Final Shadab Khan bowling

Cricket is a game where the game is not over until its over and with Maxwell and Carey at the crease, the game was still up for grabs. Capitalising on the bowling would be crucial and both were forced into aggression but their shots were effortless. Maxwell played a typical Glenn Maxwell innings of fire, power and sixes whilst Carey chipped in when Maxwell would miss out and the partnership was flowing perfectly. 

Final Glenn Maxwell batting

With 20 needed off the last two overs, Pakistan’s hopes has faded when Maxwell bulldozed 14 off the over leaving Mohammed Amir’s bowling figures at 4-0-49-0 (very similar to Faheem Ashraf 4-0-65-1). Carey topped off the job with 3 balls to spare smashing Hasan Ali into the crowd sparking wild (the minority Aussies fans) and crazy scenes as the Australians had completed an all time great chase!

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In a T20I tournament which ebbed and flowed, the Final summed up the action throughout the course of the week with wickets changing momentum but one batter was always one innings away from inflicting a defeat. Despite the disappointing losses after qualifying through to the Final, we made a great impression of ourselves in foreign conditions. 

James Faulkner, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa led the charge with the ball whilst each batsman made a crucial knock throughout the course of the five matches all contributing to our final victory. Without some of our star players, we have performed incredibly well since the start of my tenure and long may it continue. Next, we tour Pakistan in October in a two match Test Series with a break for any players overseas in England to make an impression before the Test squad is announced. Thanks for the continued and overwhelming support.

Ashes Cricket (PS4) GTC: Oh Jonny Good!

 

England - West Indies Squads

Following successive defeats to South Africa and Sri Lanka in the opening rounds of the Global Test Championship fixtures, England return home to take on the West Indies at Jimmy Anderson’s hunting ground, Old Trafford.

Stokes Injured

We have made the 1 change to our playing XI which is enforced as Ben Stokes picked up an unfortunate hamstring injury whilst fielding late in the Sri Lanka game. This injury will side line Stokes for the next two matches as he looks to return and be ready for after the GTC fixture break. Stokes is only one of four batsmen to score over 100 runs in the England squad but was used sparingly and ineffectively with the ball and regardless of injury, his role was under pressure.

Jonny Bairstow NO.3 (2)

His replacement is the experienced wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow who makes the step up from the bench and straight into the line of fire at 3. An average of 39.77 with 17 fifties and 3 tons will undeniably improve our line up after not being selected due to the fantastic form of incumbent keeper Ben Foakes, who incidentally will keep the gloves.

Joe Denly

Kent’s Joe Denly comes into the 15 man squad as a batsman (and occasional leg spin bowler) who is capable of playing anywhere in the line up. His versatility and experience at the age of 32, will unquestionably boost our chances at a successful GTC campaign yet his last international match was in 2010.  He joins allrounder Sam Curran, fast bowler Mark Wood and fellow fast bowler David Willey, who replaces spinner Jack Leach due to the more favourable seaming conditions in Lancashire, on the side lines for the Windies encounter. The never give up motto has been applied by Denly!

England - West Indies Intro (2)

West Indies come into the contest off the back of a devastating loss to Bangladesh, who chased down 431 for the loss of only 4 wickets on a degrading Day 4, and a 201 run defeat to the Australians and will be looking like England to get their campaign started. Leg spinner Devendra Bishoo replaces the out of sorts seam bowler Kemar Roach with the conditions at Old Trafford profitable to some turn.

Be sure to revisit the site to see if Joe Root and his men can bounce back from consecutive defeats and collect their first Global Test Championship points with a positive result against the Windies. Many thanks for your support.