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Ashes Cricket (PS4): Global Test Championship Round 2 Review

Disclaimer: The England result and report will always follow the overall round up of the Global Test Championship. Revisit to see the outcome of England’s travails in Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan vs Australia (2)

Afghanistan took the cricketing world by storm in a shock 3 wicket victory against the touring Australia. The sensational spin duo of Rashid Khan and debutant 17 year old Mujeeb Ur Rahman spun their web around the Aussie batsman with Khan taking 5 in the second innings to put him second in the GTC bowling stats and Mujeeb taking match figures of 8-149. Rahmat Shah and Asghai Stanikazi scored centuries whilst for Australia Aaron Finch smashed a ton and Mitchell Starc provided hope with ball and bat in a losing cause.

New Zealand vs Nepal (2)

New Zealand made it 2 from 2 with a thumping 292 run victory against the young Nepalese team. Colin de Grandhomme deservedly took MOM with two attacking centuries in big innings scores for the Kiwis whilst keeper BJ Watling narrowly missed out on 150 in the 581/7. Trent Boult shot his way up to first in the GTC bowling stats with 6 wickets added to his 10 against Ireland whilst Nepal saw Anil Sah make his maiden century and young leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane taking 8-246 in a high scoring match in Eden Park.

Pakistan vs Ireland (2)

Ireland stunned Pakistan away in a spirited and fantastic all round performance. Andy Balbirnie took a surprising but emphatic 3-4 in 4 overs to bowl Pakistan out for 207 before NO.10 Tim Murtagh played an amazing knock to guide his team into a leading position. Murtagh then took 3 in the second innings as Pakistan were bowled out for scores less than 250 twice. Babar Azam made a lone 73 as Imad Wasim proved his selection with an all round display but were comprehensively beaten by the Irish who made their home country singing and dancing on the street!!

Scotland vs India (2)

In a record breaking match, India emphatically crushed Scotland in a 693 run victory many thanks to a second innings stand out score. Their 708/6 declared broke record books for the highest scores as KL Rahul, Shaw, Kohli, Pujara and Pandya made tons as Scotland were made to toil hard. The isolated 708 came after both sides were bowled out for below par scores before Scotland were set a mammoth 834 runs to win. Michael Leask was the only major contributor with the bat for Scotland who were simply blown away by India’s run scoring after the first innings.

South Africa vs Hong Kong (2)

South Africa continued their impressive start with a dominant display against the inexperienced Hong Kong team. Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram hit fifties with the latter scoring consecutive half centuries following his 70 against England. Keshav Maharaj wasn’t fazed by the unsuitable spinning conditions and took 7 wickets added to his 8 at Trent Bridge and played a crucial act with the bat in the second innings. Hong Kong performed admirably for a young nation with Naweez Ahmed taking 6 wickets and Nizakat Khan continuing his run scoring streak and brought it up to 320 for the competition in match 2. 

West Indies vs Bangladesh (2)

Bangladesh defied the odds on a degrading pitch with a dogged batting display to defeat West Indies in another high scoring game. Chris Gayle’s reintroduction to the Test team looked to have payed off with a handy wicket and a century. Shai Hope scored a special century giving Bangladesh a tough and near impossible chase. However, Litton Das made 87 in the first innings before an extraordinary 209NO leading his team home alongside Mushfiqur Rahim who shrugged off last match’s disappointment with another century, leaving West Indies 0 from 2. 

Zimbabwe vs Netherlands (2)

Zimbabwe’s test home form continues to impress with a 248 run victory over the Netherlands who succumbed on a lively wicket. Chamu Chibhabba led the run scoring for Zimbabwe with a boundary filled 193 alongside Peter Moor who made 124 in the first innings alongside Ryan Burl who made two substantial knocks elevating Zimbabwe into a 632 run lead. Kyle Jarvis starred again with the ball with 7 wickets whilst captain Cremer took 5. Batting was short lived for the Dutch as the lower order contributed in both innings as Ben Cooper made an outstanding 236, one of the lowly positives for the Dutch on their travels. 

England’s travails against spinning Sri Lanka in Colombo will be the next source of Ashes Cricket content in an intriguing match. Until next time…

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Ashes Cricket (PS4): Global Test Championship Round 1 Review

Disclaimer: Please note that there have been numerous issues with the  England vs South Africa match report but Short Leg and the team (only me) have now sorted them and will be out very soon .  Apologies  to keep you waiting and we hope to have the report out shortly. 

Afghanistan defeat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets thanks to MOM Rashid Khan who took match figures of 10-212. Brandan Taylor played an outstanding first innings knock of 244 at a strike rate of 91.39 as Zimbabwe’s second innings below par score, ultimately cost them a shot at victory after initially leading. A special mention to Mohamad Nabi who scored 208 which shot the Afghans close towards Zimbabwe’s first innings score.

australia vs west indies 

Australia thrashed the West Indies by 201 runs in another run fest. Pat Cummins’s maiden Test century elevated Australia into a 552 run lead alongside other valuable contributions which proved too much for the West Indies who had Shimron Hetmyer score 75NO in the first innings before a standout 112 in a losing side. Mitchell Starc starred with ball and bat taking 6-153 and Nathan Lyon turned Australia into a 17 run lead with another five wicket haul. 

bangladesh vs sri lanka

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 280 runs in a crushing victory which didn’t reflect the overall score line of the match. Danuska Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal hammered big centuries whilst Dilruwan Perera shined with the ball taking 7-212. Mushfiqur Rahim came agonisingly short of a double ton for as Bangladesh fell in a disappointing second innings – the match had 1798 runs scored. 

hong kong vs scotland

The two debuting Test nations fought out in a good contest which saw Scotland prevail by five wickets. Nizakat Khan was instrumental in Hong Kong’s effort scoring two consecutive not outs (92) and (108) whilst Cam McAuslan was the next highest scorer with a maiden half century. Dylan Budge led with the bat scoring 136 whilst Gloucestershire recruit Stuart Whittingham took 4-40 as the seamers all took scalps in a winning performance. 

india vs pakistan

India’s all round performance steered them to a smashing 258 runs against a feeble Pakistan team. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored important centuries whilst young gun Prithvi Shaw hit an attacking 89 leading to a declaration. All Indian bowlers impressed especially the unorthodox Jasprit Bumrah whereas Pakistan couldn’t convert their good starts, with Shafiq, Zaman, Ahmed and Shadab Khan scoring half centuries meanwhile Hasan Ali taking 6-128 against a mighty victorious India. 

ireland vs new zealand

Malahide hosted Ireland’s opening GTC match as the visiting New Zealand took a convincing 7 wicket win. Trent Boult took charge with the ball with back to back five wicket hauls with match figures of 10-122 and Mitchell Santner toiled hard to take 7-239. Henry Nicholls scored a sensational century alongside two half centuries by Ross Taylor as Gary Wilson scored an amazing 135 in the second innings to back up his 80 in the first innings. Max Sorensen and Andy Balbirnie require a mention also with their contribution with ball and bat.

nepal vs netherlands

Netherlands rounded out the run fest of the GTC with a 231 run victory against Nepal where NO.10 Michael Rippon was the deserved Man of the Match. Taking 8-178 in the match, he backed it up with his batting with a stunning 105 lifting the Netherlands to 571, the highest total of the championship. Wesley Barresi also made a ton whilst Nepal bizarrely scored 295 in both innings as Paras Khadka scored outstanding back to back tons and Shakti Gauchan took two five wicket hauls in a positive showing for the lowest ranked side in the Championship. 

Be sure to revisit the site for more Ashes Cricket and Global Test Championship action as England host South Africa and then head off to Sri Lanka. 

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One Ton Theunis de-dropped Bruyn?

A very old trading card nonetheless the only South Africa related one I have.

Theunis De Bruyn. A hard hitting South African batsmen who has conquered the domestic level yet on the International stage – its a different story. With the exception of his maiden Test century against Sri Lanka in July 2018, De Bruyn has failed to hit the heights so far of what was expected of him.

From making his debut in March 2017 against New Zealand to his most recent caps against Pakistan at home, De Bruyn has been in and out the team without cementing a place in the Proteas top order. With the retirement in 2018 of AB De Villers freeing up a top order spot alongside JP Duminy’s retirement from the national team in early 2017, places have been up for grabs. South Africa have been very successful in Test matches and bar the lost series against Sri Lanka, South Africa had won 6 on the bounce. Different formats of selection were chosen with De Bruyn featuring twice in England (2017) as a specialist batsman before the role being taken for 3 series by allrounders. AB De Villers retirement led De Bruyn straight into the team for the Sri Lankan series where he scored his first contribution to the Proteas. However, an underwhelming Pakistan series with debutant Zubayr Hamza impressing in the final test has led to reports De Bruyn will be dropped for the return of captain Faf De Plessis.

De Bruyn’s record at first class level is second to none with an average of 45.55 backed up with 12 centuries and 19 half centuries. An experienced campaigner of the domestic level at 26 shows his potential and undoubted ability at higher levels yet for South Africa so far an average of 20.55 only registering the sole hundred in a stand out match. As mentioned before, South Africa with the loss of a key fast bowler tend to have an allrounder at 6 and De Bruyn certainly hasn’t put up a case to be the fifth bowler. His first class level saw 11 wickets taken at 38.31 but his test bowling has been disappointing wicketless from 17 overs at an expensive 4.35 per over.

Whilst coach Ottis Gibson is backing De Bruyn, his poor form and his failure to replicate the first class form he has shown consistently will lead to questions about his spot in the side. With captain Faf returning from a one match suspension, either Hamza or De Bruyn are likely to be axed and with Hamza performing well on debut, De Bruyn looks certain to be dropped.

Be sure to revisit the site with more international and domestic cricket topics and articles as well as virtual gaming coming very soon! Short Leg

Ashes Cricket (PS4): The inaugural Global Test Championship!


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.

The opening ball – comment below who you think will the virtual match and also the whole competition!

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)