Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Cricket Champions Trophy Fixture List England June 2017

A Bag of Balls
A Bag of Balls
The draw for the Champions Trophy has taken place, for the competition that will be played in England in June 2017. The trophy is played for by the top EIGHT teams that are on the ODI ICC rankings on 3oth September 2015.

Sadly this does mean that neither West Indies or Zimbabwe will be taking part.

The games will be played at just three venues The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff, tickets will be sold after a ballot which will be held during the whole month of September 2016.  It is not first come first served so you have plenty of time to register.  Adult Ticket prices for the group games are in three categories £80 £60 and £40. Unsold tickets will go on general sale at the end of October.

What has raised some eyebrows, perhaps not with great surprise though is that the ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson has admitted that the drawing of the groups favours putting India and Pakistan together, they have been grouped together for the past five tournaments. He said

"What we try and do is when you add up the rankings of the different groups is that they all add up to the same points. You can do that in a number of ways zigzag you can go sort of like a snake. No doubt we want to try and put India and Pakistan in our event its massive around the world. Its probably no coincidence that the two end up in the same group"

So which ever method they used rock paper scissors, eenie meeny miny moe or just the good old ICC method this is what they came up with

Group A England Australia New Zealand Bangladesh
Group B India Pakistan Sri Lanka South Africa 

The fixtures are 
  • June 1 - Eng v Ban, The Oval
  • June 2 - Aus v NZ, Edgbaston
  • June 3 - SL v SA, The Oval
  • June 4 - Ind v Pak, Edgbaston
  • June 5 - Aus v Ban, The Oval
  • June 6 - Eng v NZ, Cardiff
  • June 7 - Pak v SA, Edgbaston
  • June 8 - Ind v SL, The Oval
  • June 9 - NZ v Ban, Cardiff
  • June 10 - Eng v Aus, Edgbaston
  • June 11 - Ind v SA, The Oval
  • June 12 - SL v Pak, Cardiff
  • June 14 - Semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff
  • June 15 - Semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston
  • June 18 - Final, The Oval
  • June 19 - Reserve day

Thursday, 25 August 2016

England Selectors with decisions to make as Big Bash beckons for England ODI omissions

20th Dec 2016 is quite a significant date in the Cricketing Calendar this year. It is the start of the T20 Big Bash down under in Australia and handy for some England players it is the final day of the the 5th Test in India. It has been confirmed this week Stuart Broad will play for Hobart Hurricanes.

Ian Bell has been offered a deal with Perth Scorcers that deal is however from late November, England mulling it over I believe, but at least Ian will know if he is really in England plans or not. If not he can look forward to a brand new experience down under. (Confirmed 30th Aug 2016) It is understood Bell is still available to play in Bangladesh and India.

David Willey has confirmed that he has signed.  Willey of course is a T20 England specialist, so his inclusion would fit into plans. He must have been given the nod you would have thought. Although the T20 series India v England starts on Jan 26th, the semi finals of the Big Bash are 24th and 25th Jan 2017. So he will still be easily available for all 14 group stage games.

Adel Rashid is in the Strikers squad as it stands, but you would expect him to tour with England in India.

Adelaide Strikers

Adel Rashid (Retained from 2015/16, but expected to tour with England)

Perth Scorchers

David Willey (See tweet)
Ian Bell  (Confirmed)

Hobart Hurricanes

Stuart Broad (Confirmed)

Sydney Thunder

Eoin Morgan (Expected to be confirmed) 

Melbourne Stars

Luke Wright (Expected to be confirmed)
Kevin Pieterson (Possible to be confirmed)

England do have an ODI series in India in Jan 2017 and so top players such as Roy Buttler, Bairstow, Root Stokes Billings and Woakes are not expected to play in the Big Bash. That does leave Jimmy Anderson with not much going on this far.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

England Squad to play Five ODI's against Pakistan 2016

England have announced the following squad to play Pakistan over Five One Day Internationals

Morgan (Capt)


24th Aug Southampton
27th Aug Lords
30th Aug Trent Bridge
1st Sep Headingly
4th Sep Cardiff

Followed by the final home fixture of 2016 a T20 game at Old Trafford on 7th Sep, Squad to be announced later. 

England Players available for London Cup & T20 Finals Day

The following players have been released by England to play for their counties in the Quarter Finals of the Royal London Cup. All four games will be on Sky TV played over two days 17th and 18th August 2016. Also finals day of the Natwest T20 competition to be played at Edgbaston on Saturday 20th August. Again all covered on TV the two semi finals starting at 11am and 2.30pm.

Players made available

Worcestershire London Cup  Moheen Ali 

Warwickshire London Cup  Chris Woakes 

Yorkshire London Cup & T20 Finals Joe Root Gary Ballance Jonny Bairstow

Durham T20 Finals Day Ben Stokes Mark Wood 

Nottinghamshire T20 Finals Day Alex Hales Stuart Broad 

Alistair Cook will not be available for Essex. The squad for the ODI series against Pakistan will be announced later today, but will not effect the above.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Royal London Cup Quarter Final and Semi Final Draw 2016

Royal London Cup Quarter Final and Semi Final Draw 2016
After a very long and really severely rain effected day of Cricket today, We now have the line up for the 1/4 finals. Also this evening the draw for the semi final has also taken place.

1/4 Finals All 4 games shown Live on Sky TV

17th August

11am Warwickshire v Essex
11am Somerset v Worcestershire

Winners will play Semi Final on 28th August

18th August

1.30pm Northants v Surrey
2pm Kent Yorkshire

Winners will play Semi Final on 29th August