"We were all applauding that World Cup win but if Jason Roy's hamstring injury had lasted one week longer and he was out for that one week when England won three games in a row [beating India, New Zealand and Australia to make the final] it might have been a different World Cup. … [Read more...] about Alex Hales deserves another chance with England after serving punishment, says Nasser Hussain
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— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 30, 2020 "I've spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back to playing cricket but, like in life and in any sport, when there's a breakdown of trust, the only healer in that is time. … [Read more...] about Morgan: Imminent England return for Hales not likely
Many might think missing a World Cup - and such a World Cup - was punishment enough. It now seems Hales will miss the T20 one as well. But Morgan has earned the right to lead the limited-overs teams as he sees fit and clearly feels the culture he has inculcated requires further entrenchment. And it is true, it is not so long since some cricketers seemed more motivated by thoughts of their next night out than training or even playing for their country. The treatment of Hales provides a sobering reminder of the consequences and will serve as a deterrent. … [Read more...] about Unique circumstances provide no consolation for England’s outsiders
Has Calum MacLeod now scored more ODI centuries than any other non-Test player? asked Graham Browne from ScotlandCalum MacLeod's unbeaten 140 in Scotland's stunning win over England in Edinburgh last week was his seventh century in one-day internationals. Only 64 batsmen have scored more (for the list, click here). The only one above MacLeod who has not played a Test match is Australia's Aaron Finch, who now has ten ODI hundreds (and one in a T20 international). But William Porterfield's 11 ODI hundreds all came before he captained Ireland in their inaugural Test last month. … [Read more...] about Which non-Test player has scored the most ODI hundreds?
Cook, born on Christmas Day in 1984, was the gift that kept on giving for England. Plucked from the county circuit as a prodigy who already had a double century for Essex against Australia, Cook piled on the Test runs for his country, including a ton on his debut in 2006 against India. On this day in 2015, the then-captain Cook passed his Essex mentor Graham Gooch to become England's all-time leading Test run-scorer during an innings of 75 against New Zealand at Headingley. Not content with overtaking Gooch's mark of 8,900 runs, Cook went on to achieve another May 30 feat 12 months later, becoming the first Englishman to tally 10,000 Test runs. He reached that total on the way to England securing a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. … [Read more...] about On this day in sport: Babe Ruth’s farewell, Liverpool rock Roma, Tyson topples Thomas and Cook’s twin feats