A week in Cricket

May 13, 2011

Three-way captaincy

The ECB this week announced a new dynamic where three separate captains will take charge of this English cricket team. Andrew Strauss stays on as Test captain, but it’s all change in the shorter form of the game where Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad have been giving the reigns. Cook becomes ODI captain while Broad takes the arm band in Twenty20 action.

There has been mixed reaction in the press about the volume of leaders but all England players (apart from Paul Collingwood) have come out in support of the three-way leadership. KP described the decision as ‘fascinating’. I wonder what he really thinks. www.welivecricket.com/uncategorized/captain-cook-enters-foreign-territory/2832/

Morgan and Bopara in shootout for the number 6 spot

There were two names that stood out when England announced the Lions squad that take on Sri Lanka this month. Eoin Morgan fresh from the IPL has been put in a straight battle with Essex’s Ravi Bopara who snubbed the IPL in the hope of a Test recall. Other noticeable inclusions where the previously out of favour Samit Patel, whilst Graeme Onions returns after fearing he career was over after a series of injuries.

http://www.fanhouse.co.uk/2011/05/12/samit-patel-can-resurrect-his-england-ambitions-after-lions-call/

Full squad: James Hildreth (Somerset) (Capt), Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire) James Taylor (Leicestershire).

ICC give Irish hope

Ireland’s hopes of playing in the 2015 World Cup appear to have received a major boost. The ICC’s Cricket Committee had “unanimously” recommended that there should be a qualifying process for the 2015 event.

Last month, the ICC announced a move to restrict the 2015 competition to the sport’s 10 full members.

This led to a major outcry and the ICC later said it would revisit the issue. A final decision on the issue is expected to be taken at the ICC’s Annual Conference in Hong Kong in June.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/news/8508189/ICC-gives-Irish-World-Cup-hope-for-2015.html

Surrey Championship gets under way

Wins for Sunbury, Normandy, Weybridge, Guildford, and Wimbledon on week 1 in the Ryman Surrey Championship. Check out this week’s fixtures and big game predictors at www.welivecricket.com/predictor/

Chris Murtagh 13/05/2011

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