February 12, 2015
Here are 7 & 8 on are list of big names for the World Cup Predictor. Just imagine bowling at these two in form, good luck you bowlers! You will not find two harder hitters of a cricket ball in the game.
In 2014, Jason Roy made the leap from a prodigiously talented but erratic young cricketer to a consistent match-winner. The transformation was particularly evident in the T20 Blast, where he struck 677 runs at 48.35 apiece – the highest tally in the competition. His uncomplicated clean-striking became as much a feature of Friday nights at The Oval as the beer-snakes and streakers. With his swagger, breathtaking power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting. By the summer’s end, he was rewarded with a T20 international debut against India. Roy’s obvious ability in the shorter formats led to him twice winning T20 contracts in the Bangladesh Premier League but he struggled to build on a quietly impressive role in Surrey’s 2011 promotion campaign, when he made his sole first-class hundred. In 2013, he made two YB40 centuries – doubling his List A tally – but struggled badly in Championship cricket, scoring just 49 runs in seven innings. But after working hard on pacing his innings in four-day cricket, Roy averaged over 50 in first-class cricket in 2014, hitting 1078 runs – the highest at the club, without reigning in his destructiveness: his strike rate was still 84. Currently Jase is in South Africa with the England performance XI, where he smashed 141 off 110 balls in the 3rd unofficial ODI against South Africa A. He is a very ambitious fellow and will surely looking to push on from last years efforts and make 2015 a year to remember. So don’t be surprised if you see him opening the batting for England in the near future.
World Cup Prediction: Australia
Star man for World Cup: AB de Villiers
His nickname, Lordy, is an allusion to Ted Dexter, and Brown can be just as destructive – if not more so. One of the biggest crowd-pleasers in the county game, he has been unfortunate to be pigeon-holed as a one-day player. In first-class cricket he scores heavily and quickly, lofting the ball over the infield on the off side with a mixture of power and style, and mauls anything pitched short of a length. His rampaging 268 in an astonishing match against Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002 was a limited-overs record at the time. Picked for England in the one-day series against India in 1996, he scored 34. A duck followed, but Brown responded by smacking a century in the final match. It proved to be the high point of his international career, and although he hit a 31-ball 50 against South Africa in 1998 – the fastest in the history of the Texaco Trophy – he was quietly dropped after the mini World Cup in Bangladesh in 1998-99. Weight of runs earned him a recall for the 2001 NatWest Series but three appearances produced 21 runs and that was that. A gem in Surrey’s middle order, Brown is also a sharp slip fielder and a good team man with a mischievous sense of humour. He may also have been one of the best modern-day batsmen in England not to play a Test. A new lease of life came with Nottinghamshire when he helped them to the Championship in 2010. Nowadays Ali Brown is second team coach back at his old club Surrey, overseeing fruition of his hard work (one being the young man at the top of the page), although Ali is far too modest to admit that! Lordy is on a mission to find the next batch of exciting young cricketers to take up centre stage. So if you think you’ve got what it takes then, I’ll give you a tip on how to get in his good books, learn to nail your crosswords!
World Cup Prediction: Australia
If you could change anything: More trains to Epsom from Clapham Junction!