England's T20 World Cup Squad Faces Overton Injury Dilemma

England’s T20 World Cup Squad Faces Overton Injury Dilemma

England’s T20 World Cup squad selection faces a dilemma as Jamie Overton’s back injury casts doubt over his availability. The Surrey allrounder, who has impressed as a short-format allrounder, was expected to receive his maiden T20I call-up. However, an inconclusive scan has left his injury status uncertain.

Overton’s absence from Surrey’s recent County Championship fixtures has raised concerns. He is scheduled for another scan in two weeks, but England’s provisional squad for the T20 World Cup must be submitted by May 1.

The selection panel, led by Rob Key, will meet soon to finalize the 15-man squad. Ben Duckett is a contender for the spare batter role, while Tom Hartley is likely to be the second spinner ahead of Rehan Ahmed.

Jofra Archer is expected to be included in the provisional squad and given a chance to prove his fitness against Pakistan. Chris Jordan, who was omitted from the squad that lost to West Indies in December, could also be recalled due to Overton’s injury.

The identity of England’s wicketkeeper is another topic for discussion. Jos Buttler’s captaincy duties may make it challenging for him to keep wicket, especially with the ICC’s new fielding penalties for slow over-rates. Phil Salt and Jonny Bairstow are potential alternatives.

The ECB has not yet clarified whether England players will be allowed to participate in the IPL knockout stages if their franchises qualify. This could impact the availability of players like Buttler for the start of the Pakistan series.

England’s squad announcement is expected on Tuesday morning. They have until May 25 to make changes, but they will aim to avoid a repeat of last year’s World Cup debacle when Harry Brook was added to the squad at the last minute.

England Eye T20 World Cup Glory with 'Mindset of Champions'

England Eye T20 World Cup Glory with ‘Mindset of Champions’

Adil Rashid, England’s star leg-spinner, exudes confidence as the team gears up for the T20 World Cup in June. Rashid believes that England possesses the “mindset of champions” and has drawn a line under their disappointing performance at the 50-over World Cup last year.

Rashid emphasizes that the 50-over format is vastly different from T20 cricket, and England’s struggles in the former should not be a cause for concern. He highlights the team’s current status as T20 world champions and their belief in their abilities.

“We’ve got the team, we’ve got the mindset, we’ve got the players, we’ve got the experience,” Rashid said. “If we go out there having the same belief, I think we’ll – hopefully – go all the way.”

England’s white-ball coach, Matthew Mott, echoes Rashid’s sentiments. Mott believes that the team has a strong squad and is confident in their ability to win the tournament. He also suggests that captain Jos Buttler will rely more on intuition and less on data-driven decision-making during the World Cup.

Rashid believes that this approach will allow England to play with greater freedom and express themselves on the field. He emphasizes that T20 cricket requires spontaneity and a willingness to take risks.

England will announce a provisional squad for the tournament early next week. Rashid, who has not played competitively since February, will have a short build-up to the World Cup, with England scheduled to play four T20Is against Pakistan in late May.

Rashid’s comments come as the ECB launches a national tape-ball competition as part of its “core cities” program. Rashid believes that the competition can provide a legitimate talent pathway for aspiring cricketers.

“Haris Rauf came in bowling quick with a tape ball, and next thing you know, he is playing for Pakistan and [in the] PSL,” Rashid said. “These things can happen. If you see somebody with an X-factor with a tape ball, but he’s actually bowling rockets and then you give him a cricket ball and you can do something similar, then you can fast-track them.”

Heather Knight Challenges England to Dominate Regional Cricket

Heather Knight Challenges England to Dominate Regional Cricket

England’s captain, Heather Knight, has set a bold challenge for her squad to dominate regional cricket this summer. With the T20 World Cup and Ashes looming later this year, Knight hopes domestic players will seize the opportunity to stake their claim for selection.

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, a 50-over competition, kicks off on Saturday. While many of England’s centrally-contracted players will miss the opening weekend due to Tammy Beaumont’s wedding, they will have chances to feature for their regions before the T20I series against Pakistan on May 11.

“It’s never a closed door,” Knight emphasized. “The standard of regional games has skyrocketed, so performances are more valuable. We want England players to dominate and put their names forward for selection.”

Competition for places in England’s T20 setup is fierce ahead of the World Cup in Bangladesh. Knight is encouraged by the recent 4-1 series win in New Zealand and the return of Mahika Gaur and Freya Kemp from injury.

“We have a real depth of players,” Knight said. “It makes selection tougher, but it’s a good place to be. With the World Cup in October, we need to keep moving forward.”

Maia Bouchier emerged as a breakout star in New Zealand, finishing as the leading run-scorer. Knight praised her talent and ability to convert it into performances.

“She’s someone you watch and think, ‘how does she play that shot?'” Knight said. “She’s had a brilliant tour, and now it’s about building on that consistency.”

Edgbaston has already sold over 10,000 tickets for England’s opening T20I against Pakistan. Knight believes the joint marketing campaign with the men’s series can build on the success of last summer’s Ashes.

“It was an awesome summer to be involved with,” Knight said. “We felt the support and momentum for cricket around the country. Hopefully, we can put on a show.”

Raman Subba Row, England Cricket Legend, Passes Away at 92

Raman Subba Row, England Cricket Legend, Passes Away at 92

Raman Subba Row, a legendary figure in English cricket, passed away at the age of 92. Subba Row’s illustrious career spanned playing, administration, and match refereeing.

As an opener for England, Subba Row played 13 Tests between 1958 and 1961, amassing three centuries and averaging an impressive 46.85. Despite his early retirement from international cricket at the age of 29, he remained deeply involved in the sport.

Subba Row’s post-playing career was equally remarkable. He founded a successful public relations firm while maintaining close ties to cricket. He served as chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club and played a pivotal role in establishing the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB), the forerunner of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Prior to his passing, Subba Row held the distinction of being England’s oldest living men’s Test cricketer. ECB Chair Richard Thompson expressed deep sadness at his passing, acknowledging his immense contributions to the sport.

Born in Streatham, Subba Row made his Surrey debut in 1953, contributing to the team’s remarkable run of seven consecutive County Championships. He later joined Northamptonshire in 1955 and became captain in 1958, earning his England debut against New Zealand that same year.

A finger injury prevented him from participating in the 1958-59 Ashes series, but he returned to the side in 1961 for the visit of Australia. Subba Row scored centuries in the first and fifth Tests, helping England secure a 2-2 draw.

Overall, Subba Row’s first-class career spanned ten years and 260 matches, during which he accumulated over 14,000 runs and claimed 87 wickets with his legspin.

After retiring from playing, Subba Row became a key figure in developing the commercial side of Surrey and The Oval. He also played a leading role in the foundation of the TCCB, serving as its chairman from 1985 to 1990. Additionally, he managed England’s tour to India and Sri Lanka in 1981-82.

In recognition of his services to cricket, Subba Row was awarded a CBE in 1991. He went on to serve as an ICC match referee from 1992 to 2001, overseeing 41 Tests and 119 ODIs.

ICC General Manager of Cricket Wasim Khan expressed condolences on behalf of the organization, acknowledging Subba Row’s contributions as a player, administrator, and match referee.

Jofra Archer Eyes World Cup Return, Warns of Injury Concerns

Jofra Archer Eyes World Cup Return, Warns of Injury Concerns

Jofra Archer, the enigmatic English fast bowler, has expressed his desire to represent his country at the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. However, he has also cautioned that he may struggle to endure another “stop-start year” after battling persistent injuries over the past three years.

Archer has been sidelined since May 2023 due to an elbow injury, but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning his return to international cricket during the four-match T20I series against Pakistan in late May, just before the World Cup. He is expected to be included in England’s provisional World Cup squad, which must be submitted to the ICC by May 1.

England will kick off their World Cup campaign at Kensington Oval in Barbados with matches against Scotland and Australia on June 4 and 8, respectively. Archer was born and raised on the island and has trained with England squads there on recent tours, but he has never played an international match there.

“I really do want to be in the team,” Archer said in an interview with The Athlete’s Voice by 4CAST. “I really do want to be playing back at home… I’d love my family and my dogs at that first game back. I haven’t played for England at all this year, so I think it would be really fitting if that could happen.”

Archer traveled to India last month with Sussex’s pre-season tour, which he described as a “good gauge” and a “valuable check” on his progress. Rob Key, England’s managing director, stated earlier this month that Archer had returned to the Caribbean to continue his rehabilitation, while also ruling him out of contention for Test cricket this summer.

“The last two years have been really stop-start, so I just think that everyone’s going to just take it a bit easy,” Archer said. “If I’m ready then fine, happy days. But if I’m not, they’re still supporting me until whenever I am ready.”

“Worst-case scenario, even if I don’t make it to the World Cup for whatever reason, there’s still the T20 Blast, there’s still the Hundred. There’s still cricket that I haven’t got a chance to play in the last couple of years. As much as I want to play in the World Cup, if it doesn’t happen for whatever reason, at least I still know I could be somewhat active as well.”

Archer also discussed the impact of negative social media comments on his mental well-being during his time on the sidelines. “Everybody – honestly, everybody – has an opinion. It doesn’t matter what you do or how good you are, everyone will have a go at you at some point,” he said.

“Even now, any time England or my franchises post, all of the comments are – or if I post training clips, people are like: ‘He’ll probably be injured tomorrow.’ It’s just stupid comments like that… I really need people to take accountability for what they say, because if you’re saying that stuff, you’ve got to answer for it.”

Legendary English Spin Bowler Derek Underwood Passes Away at 78

Legendary English Spin Bowler Derek Underwood Passes Away at 78

Derek Underwood, the legendary English spin bowler, passed away at the age of 78. Known as “Deadly” for his lethal left-arm action, Underwood claimed 297 wickets in 86 Tests between 1966 and 1982.

Underwood’s career began at Kent, where he made his first-class debut at 17. Over three decades, he played over 900 matches for the county, taking 2,523 wickets at an astonishing average of 19.04. His accuracy and pace made him a formidable opponent, especially on rain-affected wickets.

In the 1968 Ashes, Underwood’s brilliance was on full display. In the final Test at The Oval, he claimed four wickets in 27 balls to defeat Australia and square the series. His most remarkable performance came in 1973 at Hastings, where he took 8 for 9 to rout Sussex on a rain-soaked pitch.

Underwood’s adaptability extended to India and Australia, where he adjusted his pace to maximize his impact. He was ranked as the world’s No.1 bowler from 1969 to 1973. However, his career was marred by two controversial decisions.

In 1977, he joined World Series Cricket, and in 1981-82, he participated in the rebel tour of South Africa. These actions led to a three-year ban from internationals, effectively ending his career.

Despite these setbacks, Underwood’s legacy remains intact. He won three County Championships, two One-Day Cups, and three Benson & Hedges Cups with Kent. He was awarded an MBE in 1981 and inducted into the ICC’s Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

In 2011, the Annexe Stand at Kent’s home ground was renamed the ‘Underwood & Knott Stand’ in honor of his legendary partnership with wicketkeeper Allan Knott.

Young England off-spinner Shoaib Bashir cherishes Test debut, eyes County Championship success

Young England off-spinner Shoaib Bashir cherishes Test debut, eyes County Championship success

Shoaib Bashir, the young English off-spinner, has had a whirlwind few months since making his Test debut for England in India earlier this year. After taking 17 wickets in his first three Tests, Bashir is now set to make his debut for Somerset in the County Championship.

Bashir’s journey to the international stage has been a remarkable one. He was released by Surrey as a teenager, but after working hard to improve his skills, he was picked up by Somerset. He made his Test debut in the second Test against India in Visakhapatnam, and took 17 wickets in his first three matches.

“It’s been such a surreal couple of months,” Bashir said. “I got picked up from pretty much nowhere — Somerset came to me out of the blue and so has England as well. I’m just so grateful for the opportunity.”

Bashir’s entry into India was delayed due to visa issues, but he eventually joined the team in the middle of the first Test at Hyderabad. He made his debut in Visakhapatnam, and took 4 wickets in the match.

“It was quite special,” Bashir said. “I remember walking out there and I was shaking — I was like, ‘I’m walking out with Ben Stokes, Joe Root here, this is the experience’.”

Bashir is now keen to ace the challenge of bowling in England after doing well in India. “I’m still young, I’m still learning the game,” he said. “I’m quite excited for what’s to come. I know bowling in County Championship conditions in this rain is part of the experience as well. I’m still trying to develop my skills.”

Bashir is fine with moving to another side on loan to get game time for his development as a young spin bowler. “It’s not easy being a young kid and then getting told you’re not quite good enough to make it,” he said. “Getting up from that and knowing if you want something that bad you want to put in work for it, that’s sort of what I did. I really made an effort to improve myself as a cricketer and tried to prove a point.”

England Clinch T20I Series Win Over New Zealand with Clinical Performance

England Clinch T20I Series Win Over New Zealand with Clinical Performance

England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone orchestrated a dominant bowling performance to secure a comprehensive five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final T20I of the series. The triumph sealed a 4-1 series win for England.

Sciver-Brunt’s early breakthroughs left New Zealand reeling at 23 for 3. She dismissed openers Suzie Bates and Maddy Green before trapping Amelia Kerr lbw. Ecclestone then took over, claiming the wickets of Katey Martin and Hannah Rowe to reduce the hosts to 69 for 5.

However, 19-year-old Izzy Gaze played a defiant innings, scoring an unbeaten 51 to rescue New Zealand. She shared a crucial 56-run partnership with Brooke Halliday for the sixth wicket.

In reply, England lost early wickets but Sciver-Brunt and Heather Knight steadied the ship with a 57-run stand. Sciver-Brunt fell for 31, but Knight remained unbeaten on 35 to guide England to victory.

Ecclestone finished with figures of 3 for 30, while Sciver-Brunt claimed 2 for 24. Gaze’s half-century was in vain as England secured a comfortable win.

The two teams will now face off in a three-match ODI series, starting in Wellington on Monday.

Liam Dawson Ends Test Ambitions, Prioritizes T20 Cricket

Liam Dawson Ends Test Ambitions, Prioritizes T20 Cricket

Liam Dawson, the 34-year-old English spin-bowling all-rounder, has acknowledged that his Test cricket aspirations are over. Dawson, who last played a Test in 2017, was not selected for England’s tour of India this winter, despite being the leading English spinner in last year’s County Championship.

Dawson had previously indicated that he would have to weigh up whether to accept an England call, having agreed a lucrative contract to play for Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the SA20, a tournament that clashed directly with the start of the Test tour. He ultimately chose to prioritize his T20 commitments, a decision he does not regret.

“For me, probably Test cricket now is completely off the radar,” Dawson said. “But it is what it is, I’m 34 and I want to enjoy my cricket and try to win trophies towards the end of my career.”

Dawson has won 20 England caps across three formats going back to 2016, as well as an ODI World Cup winners’ medal in 2019. He was a travelling reserve for both the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups, but said he does not expect to be in the mix for this year’s tournament in the Caribbean and USA.

“I think with my age, 34, realistically that’s probably gone to be honest,” Dawson said. “I’m looking forward to playing for Hampshire this season, and the Hundred with London Spirit.”

Dawson’s decision to prioritize T20 cricket reflects the challenge for young English spinners to come through the system. With the rain teeming down in England for much of the year, it can be difficult for spinners to get enough game time to develop their skills.

“Without doubt, it’s very, very difficult,” Dawson said. “If you’re an out-and-out spinner it’s not easy to play in these conditions, the time of the year we play. There’s no ideal scenario, what gives, what doesn’t? When do you play Championship cricket? It’s a tough thing to do.”

Despite the challenges, Dawson believes that England have two promising young spinners in Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir, who both impressed on the tour of India.

“They [Hartley and Bashir] did very well,” Dawson said. “They’re good bowlers. I faced Bashir last year here, I thought he was a really good bowler, and the same with Tom Hartley when we played them in Southport, very consistent. Hopefully they can continue to do well.”

England's Sarah Glenn Ruled Out of T20I and ODI Series with Concussion

England’s Sarah Glenn Ruled Out of T20I and ODI Series with Concussion

England’s T20I and ODI campaign against New Zealand has been dealt a blow with the news that legspinner Sarah Glenn has been ruled out due to concussion. Glenn sustained the injury during the third T20I in Nelson, where she landed heavily after dropping a catch.

Despite initially staying on the field and bowling the next over, Glenn was eventually substituted out for Holly Armitage at the change of innings. She missed the fourth T20I in Wellington and will now miss at least the first two ODIs as she follows the ECB’s Graded Return to Play Protocols.

Glenn’s absence is a significant loss for England, as she is a key member of their spin attack. However, the team was able to replace her with Sophie Ecclestone in Wellington, who returned to the squad after featuring in the Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Alongside Ecclestone, Danni Wyatt, Nat Sciver-Brunt, and Alice Capsey also became available for the fourth T20I, which England won by a commanding 47 runs to wrap up the series.

Offspinner Charlie Dean claimed four wickets in the fourth T20I, and with Ecclestone and Glenn also available, England could field a formidable spin attack for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have an injury concern of their own after captain Sophie Devine sustained a quad strain in Wellington. Devine was limited to one over and did not bat, and will undergo an MRI scan on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.

“Probably just a small niggle,” Devine said. “Just looking ahead with the one-dayers being really important with WC [World Championship] points. I probably wanted to get back out there but someone with a bit more of a rational brain kept me off.”

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