May 24, 2013Following England’s convincing 170 victory against New Zealand at Lord’s, the two teams are in Headingly for the second at last game. New Zealand make two enforced changes – injured BJ Watling and Bruce Martin are replaced by Martin Guptill and Dougie Bracewell, with skipper Brendon McCullum taking over the keeping duties. England are likely to retain the same side. Rain has delayed the start of the match.
The spot fixing scandal involving three Rajasthan Royal’s players (and perhaps others) have somewhat blighted this year’s tournament. Expect the accusations and counter accusations to continue for months ahead. There are just three teams left in the competition. Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals for the right to meet Chennai Super Kings in the Sunday’s final. The leaders in the individual performance tables are Mike Hussey (732 runs), Dwayne Bravo (28 wickets), MS Dhoni (15 keeping dismissals) and Chris Gayle (51 sixes).
This year’s Division 1 County Championship promises to be a highly competitive affair, with Sussex, Middlesex, Yorkshire and Durham fighting it out for top spot. Somerset, Surrey and Durham have so far failed to record a victory. Middlesex’s Sam Robson and Tim Murtagh are the division’s leading run scorer and wicket taker respectively. Northamptonshire remain clear leaders of Division 2. With teams having played anything between one and five matches, it is difficult to make sense of the YB40 tables, but one special televised innings from Hampshire’s Michael Carberry (150 not out against Lancashire) certainly caught the eye.
Teams are gathering in England for the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on 6 June. Each team will be looking to gain some psychological advantage in the two practice matches they have been allotted beforehand.
The Scoop 24/05/13