What's clicked: Following an average showing in Ashes, England head coach Mark Robinson decided to step down, while key players like Sarah Taylor, Laura Marsh and Jenny Gunn also announced their retirements. England meanwhile, brought in young players like legbreak bowler Sarah Glenn, pacer Freya Davies and offspinner Mady Villiers, who have come up with impressive performances to earn spots in the squad for upcoming the multi-team event. The move to promote Amy Jones to open the batting while moving the experienced Tammy Beaumont down the order has worked for England in a few games and they'll be hoping this pays dividends during the World Cup. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
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The South African batting has ceased to be a problem in this format, particularly with Heinrich Klaasen taking charge after the axing of JJ Smuts. It's the bowling that has panicked, even with the return of Dale Steyn, who only played the first T20I (where he unveiled a jaw-dropping slower ball) before sticking firmly to the bench for the final two. The resurgent England line-up handed them an absolutely thrashing in the final T20I in particular, led by captain Eoin Morgan, who unloaded on a clueless South African bowling attack in their own conditions. Nevertheless, Rabada has returned to lend a little more confidence, perhaps a shoulder to cry on, so perhaps Nortje and Rabada can drive a resurrection for the Proteas, as could Faf du Plessis, who is likely to open for de Kock. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
Warner expects an equally cordial relationship with de Kock. "I don't have his number and I speak to a few of the South African guys but I've never played in the same team as him or anything like that," Warner said. "Obviously it's a little bit different. I'm sure if I see him on the field and that we'll just treat each other how we normally would as respectful opponents." … [Read more...] about ‘If something ignites…’ Quinton de Kock, David Warner ready for on-field reunion
Collin Morikawa is currently 49th in the world after starting his 2020 with five consecutive top-30 finishes, while his maiden PGA Tour title at the Barracuda Championship last July doesn't provide him exemption because it was an opposite-field event the week of The Open. … [Read more...] about The Masters: Who is still yet to secure an invite to Augusta?