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ICC T20 World Cup Review

England – How it began

England kicked off their T20 World Cup in great fashion in a bustling Dubai by thrashing the reigning champions West Indies by 6 wickets. England’s bowlers were on fine form, Adil Rashid took four, Moeen Ali taking two, Tymal Mills also taking two and one each for Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. England were just as clinical with the bat, only losing four wickets. Butler earned England most of their runs with 24 not out, a combined effort saw England over the line with 56-4. England got the job done in only 8.2 overs, England have their eye on the trophy and what a way to get their tournament underway.

Despite missing some keys players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran who are all nursing injuries, England still produced a dominant performance. These players were instrumental during the 2019 ODI World Cup, with Stokes and Archer displaying heroics in the final against New Zealand.

Battering of Bangladesh

With the first game out the way and now a distant memory, England’s next hurdle came in the shape of Bangladesh. Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with Ali taking two early wickets. Bangladesh star man Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed shortly after by Chris Woakes. Bangladesh only managed to conjure up a total of 124 runs, the feeling after that innings was positive from an England perspective.

Jason Roy opened the batting in characteristically bullish style. He produced 61 runs, hitting five 4’s and three 6’s. Roy’s night came to an end when he was caught by Nasum. Butler was also victim to being caught, finishing his time with the bat on 18 runs. Malan and Bairstow saw out the win in comfortable style. This was Bangladesh’s second loss of the tournament, it doesn’t look likely that they will progress much further in the competition. England, however, have put themselves in prime position going into their third match against Australia. The match with Australia will be a tricky test for England’s cricketers.

Damage Done in Dubai

The stage was set at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The England players knew this was a crucial game and if won they would be a brilliant position. An unchanged England side opted to bowl first. Woakes took a huge first wicket taking David Warner after only two balls with Warner scoring just one run. This pattern continued when a heroic catch from a bang in form Woakes who sent Steve Smith on his way for 1. The rest of England’s bowling was sharp and had a very dangerous feel to it. Australia’s batsman finished their innings on an underwhelming 125.

England’s stand out batsman this game was Jos Buttler, who smashed his was to a very impressive 71 not out. It took England 11.4 overs to score a total of 126. Another opponent dismantled, could England be the team to beat during this T20 World Cup? With Jos Buttler talked about being the best short format batsman in the world, it’s no surprise that the confidence in the camp was continuing to increase.

Buttler’s Batting Brilliance

England’s game against Sri Lanka was going to be far from an easy fixture. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first. England had proved handy with the bad throughout the tournament so far. However, this was not mirrored at the start of the innings with Jason Roy being bowled out after facing only 6 balls. It was England’s other opening batsman, Jos Buttler who was to make the headlines. Buttler spent 104 minutes in bat, in this time he managed to hit a huge score of 101 not out. He managed six 4’s and six 6’s. His aggressive approach was exactly what England needed. He became only the fourth man to to hit a T20 hundred for England, and what a time to do it. England ended their innings with 163-4. It was up to Sri Lanka to chase down that score. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with a mix of aggressive fast bowling and tantalising spin. Sri Lanka could only reach 137 all out, England had proved they were just too powerful for Sri Lanka.

Sharjah Summed Up

Sharjah is where England played their final group match of the tournament. This challenge was in the form of a South Africa side who were also looking to progress to the later stages of the T20 World Cup. England decided to field first. England’s bowlers could not seem to replicate a brilliant bowling performance like the one against Australia. South Africa ended their time with the bat on 189-2, a very respectable score.

England were somewhat inconsistent in their batting and suffered their first defeat in the T20 World Cup. England, South Africa and Australia all finished their group matches on 8 points each. This didn’t however hinder England’s progression to the semi-final as they had a better overall run rate than South Africa. England’s Net run rate was 2.464, Australia’s 1.216 and South Africa’s being 0.739. This meant England and Australia made it to the semi-finals, while South Africa’s tournament came crashing to a halt.

Round up from Group 2 

Group 2 also provided a similar amount of drama, with some outstanding cricket being played. Pakistan strolled to being crowned group winners, they remained unbeaten in their group winning all five of their games. New Zealand were hot on the tails of the Pakistan team, they won 4 out of 5 of their matches, only losing to a persistent Pakistan side by 5 wickets. The team that surprised many were India. India didn’t manage to make it out the group and only mustered up 3 wins from their 5 games. With India being a nation who are cricket mad, this must have come as a huge disappointment to many Indian fans, including Virat Kohli, who took his final bow as T20 Indian camptain. One team from each group disappointed with no wins across all their games and those two teams were Bangladesh and Scotland.

All Set for the Semis

The First semi-final commences on the 10th of November where England take on New Zealand. This will be a re-match of the 2019 Cricket ODI World Cup Final. New Zealand will be looking to avenge the loss they were handed by England in a stunning final in England. It promises to a heavily contested match as both teams finished on 8 points in the group stage. England have been tipped to edge it against New Zealand, I’m sure cricket fans across England will be watching with everything crossed.

Pakistan face Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday the 11th of November. A ruthless Pakistan side are the only team who have gone unbeaten throughout the tournament so far and they will of course look to keep that 100% winning record intact against Australia. The favourites going into this semi-final are Pakistan, can Australia cause an upset and make it to the final? England won a tight T20 series 2-1 against Pakistan in the summer, so Eoin Morgan and the team will be confident in facing them in the final., even without Jason Roy and Tymal Mills due to injury.

Tale of the Two Semis

New Zealand looked to take revenge of England in the first Semi-final of the T20 World Cup. New Zealand took to the field first and hoped their bowlers could get in some early wickets. England’s batting performance got off to a modest start. The two openers Butler and Bairstow earned England a combined total of 42 runs off 41 balls. The stand out batsman during England’s innings was Ali who produced a great total of 51, which kept England hopes alive. New Zealand had 166 to chase. They managed to chase England’s 166 with an over to spare. Impressive performances from Mitchell, Conway and Neesham helped New Zealand edge it over England. It was not to be for England but they can hold their heads high after a tournament with some great performances.

The second Semi-Final saw Australia and Pakistan battle it out for a place in the lucrative T20 World Cup Final. Australia won the toss and like many teams over the tournament, decided to field first. Pakistan have showed throughout the World Cup they can be very useful with the bat and this pattern continued. Rizwan hit 67 after being caught out by Smith, Babar also fell victim in Australian hands as he was caught by Warner. It was Pakistan’s opening three who really made up most of the runs, Their closing three only managed a total of 2 runs between them. As well as New Zealand, Australia finished the game off in 19 overs. Notable performances from Stonis and Wade who remained not out, saw Australia to the win with 177-5. It was to be a final between the two teams in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Final

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted the Final and what a venue it is. New Zealand were put into bat first, Guptill got things underway with a trio of fours in quick succession. Things were going well for New Zealand, Williamson was mounting a promising attack for them up until a rampant Williamson dismissed him. Williamson took a further two wickets in a short space of time, this was to be the downfall for New Zealand. Australia needed to score 174 runs to win the T20 World Cup. It was their time to bat and openers Warner and Finch confidently made their way out to the pitch. Finch didn’t last long as he was caught by boult for 5, Warner however hit a very respectable 53. Marsh earned Australia the majority of their runs, hitting a huge 77, Maxwell contributed 28 runs which saw Australia win their first T20 World Cup. Australia had powered to an 8 wicket thrashing of New Zealand. And just like that the curtain is closed on the T20 World Cup, what a tournament it has been from Dubai.

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England v New Zealand – New Zealand win the series 1-0

England v New Zealand test match

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England v New Zealand – Test 2

An extremely disappointing performance all round left England losing comfortable in the second and final test against New Zealand at Edgbaston. It took just three and a bit days for the game to be over as the disruptive weather stayed away in Birmingham.

England’s second innings cost them dearly

The game was reasonably poised after both teams respective first innings as New Zealand replied with 388 from England’s score of 303. All top scorers hovered in the 80s for both sides with Burns and Lawrence scoring 81 for England, whilst Young hit 82 for the Kiwis and Conway and Taylor both made 80.

But it all came crumbling for England very quickly at the start of the second innings. Rory Burns went for a duck from Henry and his opening partner followed shortly after. Dom Sibley scored 8 from 14 balls and the rest of the squad could never get settled. A top score of 29 from 9th man in Mark Wood summed up the batting performance in what has been described as one of their worst in modern test history, especially at home. The incredible crowed at Edbaston deserved more as New Zealand comfortably hit the 41 required on day 4 to secure the test series.

England v New Zealand – Test 1

Even though it was a warm week in London, rain showers took enough out of the game to result in a fascinating draw at Lord’s. Although New Zealand showed attacking intent ahead of their World Test Series Championship with India later in the year, England were content to bat out the draw and look ahead to Edgbaston to try and seal a test series victory.

Strong start by the Kiwis

New Zealand came out aggressively in the first innings and posted a total of 378. A incredible double century from Devon Conway at a strike rate of 57.63 which tilted the game into the Kiwis favour, despite a strong debut performance from Ollie Robinson, who took 4 wickets in his opening innings. It was also Conway’s test debut and he became just the 7th man in test cricket’s 144 year history to make a double century on debut with a score of exactly 200. Conway was eventually run out by Root on the 200 mark. A middle order collapse kept England well and truly in the game with Mark Wood and James Anderson providing the extra wickets.

Rory Burns holds his own

There were three ducks in the New Zealand first innings but England unfortunately managed four with Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey and Mark Wood all falling for 0, with Southee doing the majority of the damage. The young, inexperienced England team were saved by a 132 from Rory Burns and contributions from Root, Pope and Robinson ensured England kept the game alive, scoring 275 in total. Yet with a rained off day three, England were batting well into Day 4 and the result was veering towards a draw.

New Zealand go for the win

The fans may have been fearing the worst but New Zealand wanted to test themselves and go for an unlikely win. Their second innings was short and sweet, with Latham, Conway, Taylor and Nicholls all healthily contributing to a quick, declared score of 169/6, setting England an enticing 273 target midway through day five. Kane Williamson is known for his bold captaincy and declaring after the morning session would have pleasantly shocked a few pundits.

But as opener Dom Sibley settled into a defensive rhythm, England were clearly happy to see out the draw to give them a fresh start next week to win the series. The game finished with England scoring 170/3 and ultimately, this young England side will be relatively happy sharing the spoils with a team ranked higher than them in the World test rankings.

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Cricket Focus : Summer 2017 Preview

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2017 will see England contest compelling home series of test matches and limited-overs games against South Africa and West Indies, as well as hosting the ICC Champions Trophy. We thought we’d whet your appetites with a look at the summer’s key talking points, starting with England’s test side.

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Form

England will play four test matches against South Africa, followed by three against the West Indies. Though England may be having a hard time of it on their current tour of India, few teams would be confident of doing any better on the subcontinent against the world’s number one test cricket nation.

India’s form in their last 18 home tests, of which they won 16 and drew two, offers perspective on England’s winter performance. Back on their home pitches, with the ball seaming rather than spinning, England will be a very different animal.

England’s recent home test record has been very strong, with their card for the last four summers showing they’ve played eight series, winning five, drawing two and losing just one (the loss coming in a two-match series against Sri Lanka in 2014, with the tourists’ last-wicket pairing just holding out for a draw in the other test).

Captaincy

Alastair Cook’s captaincy has come under the spotlight in India, leading to calls for his resignation and for Joe Root to be installed as skipper. He did make some questionable calls in recent matches, with some bowlers being so underused that they may wonder if they were selected for their ability to make daisy chains in the outfield, but losing in India doesn’t automatically merit Cook’s demotion.

Such decisions are never as straightforward as they seem. History has shown time and again that captaincy can be the making of some players and the breaking of others. Cook has flourished in the role before and few would bet against him having another productive summer in 2017, whether he leads the side or not.

Joe Root is the obvious choice to replace him, but burdening a side’s most talented player with captaincy duties has backfired many times before and England could ill afford to lose Root’s contributions with the bat.

Cook’s 59 tests in charge might mean that a fresh approach to leadership would lift the team, even if made simply for that reason. One thing’s for sure: a difficult decision awaits the England management.

Batting

Away from the trial by spin they are currently enduring, England’s batsmen should start moving back up the test rankings. Joe Root, currently number three in the world, will doubtless challenge Steve Smith and Virat Kohli for top honours, while Jonny Bairstow and Alastair Cook (ranked 13th and 14th) will hope to move into the top ten.

With Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed both enjoying extraordinary debuts in India, England may have solved the longstanding conundrum of who will open the batting with Cook and, by opting to play one of them at number three, could push Root to four to shore up the late middle-order.

That means the only real question mark may now hover over the number five slot. Ben Duckett’s failure in the first two tests in Indian led to a middle order of Moen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, with Ali the most likely to be promoted to five in a move that would also give England further bowling options. Keeper/batsmen Sam Billings and Jos Buttler might force their way into the reckoning, but neither as a specialist number five.

With bowlers Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid sporting nine and ten first-class hundreds respectively, England could continue to benefit from arguably their deepest batting line up in history. If they can avoid their trademark collapses, runs are unlikely to be in short supply.

Bowling

As their bowling attack relies more on swing and seam than spin or sheer pace, England will be hoping for a little moisture in the air and pitches this summer. The line-up will have a familiar look to it, with several names competing to support the two frontline seamers of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

The talismanic Ben Stokes and pacey all-rounder Chris Woakes will play if fit, meaning there may only be one further place for a seamer. Steven Finn’s genuine pace and steepling bounce will allow England to fight fire with fire against the South African and West Indian quicks, so he is most likely to get the nod.

Should England need more spin options than those offered by the dangerous yet inconsistent Moeen Ali and Joe Root with his occasional tweakers, Finn’s place would go to Adil Rasdhid, further strengthening the batting.

The winter will be soon forgotten on the green, green pitches of home and England look well equipped for another successful summer.

Schedule

England v South Africa

July 6-10: 1st Investec Test, Lord’s

July 14-18: 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

July 27-31: 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Aug 4-8: 4th Investec Test, Emirates Old Trafford

England v West Indies

Aug 17-21: 1st Investec Test, Edgbaston

Aug 25-29: 2nd Investec Test, Headingley

Sept 7-11: 3rd Investec Test, Lord’s