The eighth edition of the Big Bash was generally considered to be the worst so far. One of the best T20 leagues in the world became saturated with too many fixtures as the quality dropped and spectator levels fell. Seems you can have too much of a good thing. English involvement was kept to a select few, but how did they fare in their winter Down Under? Tom Curran, Sydney Sixers 14 games30.8320 wickets at 19.85 While his younger brother Sam - who bizarrely was the most expensive overseas player at the 2019 IPL Draft - experienced a miserable time in the West Indies, Tom was starring as one of the standout bowlers in the Big Bash. Part of a formidable Sixers bowling attack that included Australia internationals Sean Abbott and Steve O'Keefe, Curran took 20 wickets (the fourth highest tally in the entire competition), while also hitting his career-best T20 score of 62. He was rewarded with a three-year deal to feature again for the club in future seasons. Big … [Read more...] about How did England’s players fare in the 2018/19 Big Bash?
Sport by Press Association 18/02/2019, 2:56 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jason Roy and Joe Root helped themselves to centuries as England’s one-day side began World Cup year with a thumping 171-run warm-up win in Barbados. The tourists had too much quality to be troubled by a University of West Indies vice-chancellor’s XI, a pre-series workout ahead of five ODIs against the West Indies and the first 50-over fixture of 2019. They posted 371 for seven at the 3Ws Oval, Roy retiring on 110 and Root following with a lively 114, before dismissing their hosts for 200. Roy cut a contented figure at the close of play and believes England head into Wednesday’s first ODI at the Kensington Oval in good order despite this being their only competitive workout. “It was good fun, a perfect start from a personal level and as a team,” he said. “We got together a huge total and Rooty got some balls in the middle as well. … [Read more...] about ‘Happy days’ in Barbados for Roy and Root after abundant ODIs prep
Sport by Press Association February 17, 2019, 11:16 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Jason Roy and Joe Root helped themselves to centuries as England’s one-day side began World Cup year with a thumping 171-run warm-up win in Barbados. The tourists had too much quality to be troubled by a University of West Indies vice-chancellor’s XI, a pre-series workout ahead of five ODIs against the West Indies and the first 50-over fixture of 2019. They posted 371 for seven at the 3Ws Oval, Roy retiring on 110 and Root following with a lively 114, before dismissing their hosts for 200. England’s team included at least nine of the XI players expected to start the World Cup campaign, with Jos Buttler rested and Mark Wood’s starring role in the St Lucia Test earning him the final seamer’s slot. Alex Hales, standing in for Buttler, failed to exert any pressure on the top six with a soft two-ball duck while Wood turned in a steady … [Read more...] about Jason Roy and Joe Root claim centuries as England seal warm-up win in Barbados
Paul Farbrace is leaving his position as England's assistant coach to take Ashley Giles' old job in charge of Warwickshire. Farbrace has been an influential backroom figure with the national side over the past five years and was set to play a major role in the forthcoming World Cup and Ashes double header on home soil. But with head coach Trevor Bayliss planning to step down when his contract expires in December, Farbrace faced an uncertain future. He will now take the role of sport director at Edgbaston, the role vacated by Giles when he became managing director of the England men's team in December. Farbrace, the former Kent and Middlesex wicketkeeper, joined the England set-up under Peter Moores in 2014 and took over as interim coach after the latter's sacking the following year. He earned praise for the attacking cricket he encouraged during the visit of New Zealand and was credited with kickstarting the team's one-day revolution which has continued in earnest during his … [Read more...] about Paul Farbrace to leave England set-up before World Cup to take up Warwickshire role
As he is preparing to bowl in the nets, Tom Curran can often be found putting down a couple of shoes. “I visualise those as the batsman’s feet and try and knock the shoes,” he explains. The aim is to ready himself for bowling yorkers at the crux of a match. “And then, at the same time, when bowling against the batters, just trying to execute and be hard on myself in the nets, put myself under as much pressure as I can.” In Twenty20 and one-day-international cricket, Curran’s USP is his dexterity bowling at the death. He has a plethora of carefully concealed slower balls and, most significantly, the ability to repeatedly produce one of the hardest deliveries in the game: the yorker, the delivery with the smallest margin of error. Curran has a strong claim to being England’s best death bowler, and took five for 35 to bowl England to victory in the inaugural international at Perth’s new stadium last year. “It’s something I … [Read more...] about ‘Death’ bowler Tom Curran aiming at batsmen’s toes and a World Cup call-up with England