Thursday, 29 September 2016

Jake Ball to replace injured James Anderson on Bangladesh Tour

The late England injury news is that James Anderson will miss the Bangladesh tour with a shoulder injury. The ODI Squad flies out to Dhaka today and the announcement is likely to be that Jake Ball will now stay on after the three ODI matches and replace Anderson. Also in the last few minutes it has also been confirmed that Mark Wood's ankle injury that has been an ongoing problem all season has returned to also rule him out of the tour, very disappointing news indeed. Steven Finn is expected to replace Mark in the ODI squad and there is a possibility another bowler will be picked to be an addition to the Test squad 

The recurring injury has always been a worry to Jimmy who is now aged 34. It is certainly no secret that the England management along with the player have been monitoring his work load very carefully as they attempt to lengthen his career. Clearly the England Test fixture list cannot be sustained by the player to a maximum of 100% attendance any longer.  

The revised Test Squad without Anderson and Ball now included is Captain Cook Ali Ansari Bairstow Ball Ballance Batty Broad Buttler Duckett Finn Hameed Rashid Root Stokes Woakes Wood

No Change to the ODI Squad Captain Buttler Ali Bairstow Ball Billings Dawson Duckett Plunkett Rashid Roy Stokes Vince Willey Woakes Wood/Finn

Fixtures are as follows Times are in BST 

7th Oct 1st ODI Dhaka 8am

9th Oct 2nd ODI Dhaka 8am

12th Oct 3rd ODI Chittagong 8am

20-24th Oct 1st Test Chittagong 4.30am

28th - 1st Nov 2nd Test Dhaka 4.30am

Most of the Test squad will then fly straight to India for the 1st Test of five Test which are being played virtually back to back starting on Nov 9th. It is anticipated but not confirmed that Anderson will join the touring party in time for the 1st Test in Rajkot. It is however more doubtful that Mark Wood will be fit by Nov 9th, it is hoped that he may be able to join later, too early to forecast unfortunately.

Friday, 16 September 2016

England Test ODI Squads and fixtures for tour of Bangladesh Oct 2016

Well after a short delay while everyone made up their mind on if they wanted to tour Bangladesh or not the England selectors have made their decision. Of course this was made without just two players Eoin Morgan the one day Captain and Alex Hales who both decided it was too risky. 

Test Squad

Cook Captain

ODI Squad

Buttler Captain

Fixtures Times BST

7th Oct 1st ODI Dhaka 8am

9th Oct 2nd ODI Dhaka 8am

12th Oct 3rd ODI Chittagong 8am

20-24th Oct 1st Test Chittagong 4.30am

28th - 1st Nov 2nd Test Dhaka 4.30am

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Pro's and Con's of a City Based T20 Competition starting in 2018

Lets be clear here, this competition is now going ahead, voted on 14th Sept 2016 by a huge 16-3 by the counties in favour of exploring the event further with a aim to start in 2018 to 2020 really more or less seals the deal unless things go catastrophically wrong. (Surrey Kent and Essex voted against ECB voted for, 19 votes in total cast)

It is also obvious looking at social media there is quite a resistance against the idea of a city based 8 team tournament over the month of July. (It has to be said that some of those that are against, are of course against white ball cricket and especially T20 anyway, so a certain amount of criticism is bound to exist) But what are the facts that we know so far, and what are the pro's and con's. 

Facts about the format

1. Teams will be draft pick, which means that all players are up for grabs and can play in any city. So Ben Stokes or any England star can play for any team.

2. The teams will play at the Test grounds in London X 2 Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds.

3. The T20 Blast as it is known now will continue in it's present format.

4. Played over the month of July in addition to other domestic games


1. Each of the 18 counties will receive approx 1.5 Million per year when the TV rights are divided up. One or two of the counties right now Durham and Northants the obvious ones simply cannot turn this down. That probably cannot be stressed highly enough, this could well save them from going out of business.

2. Overseas players a lot more likely to sign up for the City based competition with only one month of commitment.

3. Some games to be shown on free to air TV

4. It might bring in some new Cricket supporters to watch live for the first time, this is debatable, but is possible.

5. Some of the younger county players getting more chance to play 1st Class Cricket.


1. Cricket supporters not keen to switch allegiance Will fans in Southampton for instance embrace the new team as well as Hampshire. Pretty unlikely to stop watching their county. 

2. Will for instance good Somerset cricket supporters that watch and live in Taunton travel to watch in Southampton or Cardiff, I think the answer is pretty unlikely. 

3. Expensive if you want to continue to watch your county and the new competition.

4. Weather never going to be as consistently good as Big Bash or IPL a poor July could be a disaster for the competition.

5. A watered down T20 Blast and County Championship while the new competition is being played

6. Less Championship games likely to be part of the overall package, likely to see attendances affected.

Some of the decisions to be made at next meetings.

1. Team Names

2. Team Colours

3. TV Rights and Free to Air

4. England players availability

5. Split of Money from TV rights

6. Number of overseas players

7. Fixtures

Edit - It looks now almost certain that because of the complexity of the present TV rights which finish in 2019 this competition is unlikely to start until 2020. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Bangladesh v England Tour Dates Times Locations October 2016

England Tour dates of Bangladesh in October 2016 Times in UK

7th Oct 2016 1st ODI Dhaka 8am

9th Oct 2016 2nd ODI Dhaka 8am

12th Oct 2016 3rd ODI Chittagong 8am

20th-24th Oct 2016  1st Test Chittagong 4.30am 

28th Oct-1st Nov  2016 2nd Test Dhaka 4.30am

Monday, 5 September 2016

England players availability for final two Championship games 2016

Well a bit of a mixed bag here as the powers that be at the England HQ decide who they think can play for their counties and who can't and I have no doubts whatsoever that it is going to be controversial. Having said that I do agree that Root needs a rest. Here is the list. Also you really have to take into consideration that the final Championship game is on 23rd Sept, and the 1st warm up game in Bangladesh is just NINE days later on 3rd Oct, so I presume they would travel 3 or 4 days after the final game. Not a lot of time is it? 

Available to play Championship

Jake Ball Notts
Steven Finn Middlesex
Jason Roy Surrey 
Liam Dawson Hants
James Vince Hants

Available to play London Cup Final 

Chris Woakes Warwicks
Jason Roy Surrey

Not Available to play Championship

Joe Root Yorkshire Both Games
Jonny Bairstow Yorkshire Both Games
Chris Woakes Warwicks Final Game

Decision to be made after T20 game on Wed 7th Sep

David Willey Yorks
Liam Plunkett Yorks
Adel Rashid Yorks
Ben Stokes Durham
Mark Wood Durham
Alex Hales Notts
Chris Jordan Sussex
Jos Buttler Lancs
Moheen Ali Worcs
Sam Billings Kent