Not-so-flukey Farooqi, (Phil) Salt consumption, The 99 + more in our latest T20 World Cup round-up
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2d ago
2 minute read The big news since yesterday is that Afghanistan are through to the next phase of the competition and New Zealand are out. England aren’t NRRly finished though after successfully chasing down Oman’s 47 all out in just 3.1 overs. Salt consumption Oman’s flakey performance meant the entire match only lasted 99 balls. England’s net run rate is now +3.081 compared to Scotland’s +2.164 in the tussle for the final qualification spot from this group. England do however still need to beat Namibia to draw level on points, and while a Scotland win over Australia seems unlikely, it’s worth ..read more
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Bye-bye to the Adelaide-born New York pitch, a craptain’s view of Jos Buttler, accidental manipulation + more in our latest T20 World Cup round-up
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2d ago
4 minute read Many things have happened since our last round-up, but the most significant development is that Nassau County International Cricket Stadium is already on its way back to being a public park. “The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long,” as Tyrell says to Roy in Bladerunner. No, not that Roy. Nor that one. Lights out The 34,000 seater Nassau stadium was only inaugurated by world famous cricketer, Usain Bolt, on May 15, but by the end of July, this modular beast, with its dogshit pitch, will alas be no more. It’s been a blast. Well, no – it’s been more of a nurdle re ..read more
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Rishabh Pant’s punts, Jos Buttler’s gut feel, Fazalhaq Farooqi floors NZ + more in our latest T20 World Cup round-up
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5d ago
4 minute read No prizes for predicting that England and Pakistan would be two of the ‘big’ nations struggling to qualify for the next phase of this T20 World Cup. New Zealand aren’t usually on the receiving end of drubbings though, even if Afghanistan victories in these tournaments don’t exactly qualify as upsets any more. India and Pakistan brave the New York pitch and weather May as well start with the big one. India v Pakistan ended up as a decent match, despite the clumping pitch, high friction outfield and a downpour at the time they were due to start. India’s 119 felt like a pretty handy ..read more
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Nassau pitch flora, solar symbolism, Frank Nsubuga + more in our latest T20 World Cup round-up
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1w ago
3 minute read Aren’t World Cups more fun when there’s a whole bunch of nations involved and not just the same handful you’ve seen a billion times before? Welcome to our latest 2024 T20 World Cup round-up. A story of soggy success and solar symbolism The key moment in the England v Scotland abandonment came in the sixth over when Scotland’s Michael Jones munted Chris Jordan onto the top of the Greenidge and Haynes stand and smashed a solar panel. “We won’t be needing that,” he seemed to be saying. Sure enough, the weather was too strong for Scotland. “The rain beat us,” said Jones. “We’ve got ..read more
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A pop-up stadium, Aaron Jones’ 10 sixes, PNG bother the Windies, a David Wiese Super Over, Ruben Trumpelmann + more
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1w ago
3 minute read By heck, this could be a good T20 World Cup, you know. All of this in just the first couple of days and Nepal haven’t even played yet. (We’re led to believe Nepal will be the most fun of all.) Even if we had the time, we have no particular ambition to recap every game of this tournament. It’s hard to overlook any of these first three though. Game 1 (again) – Aaron Jones peppers beef The first ever international cricket game is thought to have taken place between the United States and Canada in 1844. The first game of the 2024 T20 World Cup was also between these two teams and se ..read more
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What’s new? | an England v Pakistan T20 series recap
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2w ago
2 minute read It was an excellent and valuable bit of fine-tuning for both sides. England and Pakistan will enter the T20 World Cup with very clear ideas how to pass the time if any of their games are rained off. 1st T20 Abandoned without a ball bowled. Poker may or may not have been ditched in favour of charades. Charades may or may not have been ditched in favour of hide and seek. 2nd T20 Some lad called Jos Buttler played the match-winning innings. Not sure anyone learned anything other than that Jofra Archer can successfully get through four overs again. 3rd T20 Abandoned without a ball b ..read more
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Pigeons being conspicuously indifferent to an England v Ireland Test match
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2w ago
2 minute read If you’ve got a picture of an animal being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, please send it to king@kingcricket.co.uk. Last summer, Doctor Alexander Snoddie, one of the Doctors of Leamington, initiated correspondence with regular King Cricket contributor Ged Ladd… Snoddie: Delighted to bump into you in the jacks… and [Daisy] too, patiently waiting outside the jacks… … I suppose this is too poor to be sent to King Cricket for the ‘Animals totally disregarding cricket’ section [sic]: two pigeons eating the seeds sown by Karl McDermott [Lord’s Head Groundsman] whilst the substit ..read more
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We’re mostly talking about Jordan Cox v Kent this week
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2w ago
2 minute read The County Championship enters its first hiatus with not much in it at the top after Essex won by an innings and Surrey lost by an innings. Third-placed Somerset also lost by an innings, weirdly. What happened with Surrey then? Dunno really. Despite the fact everyone in their top six has played for England, they were bowled out for 127 on a pitch Hampshire then made 608-6 on. Had it massively flattened out? When Surrey then fell to 148-9, the answer appeared to be no. Although number 11 Dan Worrall then top-scored with 48, so maybe yes? Hampshire’s spinnners – Liam Dawson and the ..read more
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England’s T20 World Cup squad: 20-something v 30-something head-to-heads
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3w ago
6 minute read To misquote Ferris Bueller for the Nth time: T20 moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you risk being a cricket website that thinks Joe Root’s still in the England squad. Actually, that mangled quote isn’t even true. T20 doesn’t in fact move that fast at all. England’s 2016 T20 World Cup squad also featured Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Reece Topley and Adil Rashid, while Chris Jordan played in the one before that. What actually happens is that T20 moves along at a fairly normal pace, but many of us only properly check in with the format wh ..read more
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We’re mostly talking about Dans Lawrence and Worrall, Essex’s bowlers, Jordan Cox and Tom Banton this week… and also Keaton Jennings
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3w ago
3 minute read It’s not so easy to narrow things down this week. Quite a lot of interesting players made important contributions in the last round of county games. Upshot is… we’re talking about a lot of things. Dans Lawrence and Worrall If anything sums up Surrey’s strength right now, it is that after luring Dan Lawrence from their most significant rivals, they’ve dumped him at six in the batting order. Lawrence has 11 Tests to his name and he’d like a few more. Normally when there’s a 26-year-old in this situation, England encourage that player to challenge themselves. ‘Take responsibility ..read more
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