December 22, 2014
England has a number of players playing for various teams in T20 big bash in Australia. The competition has been a major success since it started in 2011, it has become the 2nd best T20 comp after the IPL in India.
This means it will attract all the best players in the world and competition is fierce. It also allows the players to rub shoulders with the opponents; they can interact with quality players and gain valuable experience.
England has always been a little stuck in their ways when it comes to matters concerning their own. They have paid the price by falling behind and because of this our limited overs cricket has suffered for the last decade.
We have a total of 8 players currently slogging it out in this year’s tournament. Them being – Andrew Flintoff (Brisbane Heat), Kevin Pietersen (Melbourne Stars), Eoin Morgan (Sydney Thunder) , Alex Hales (Hobart Hurricanes) , Michael Lumb (Sydney Sixers) , Michael Carberry (Perth Scorchers) , Luke Wright (Melbourne Stars) and Tim Bresnan (Hobart Hurricanes).
Two of these players were announced in the 15 man ODI World cup squad playing for England in the biggest prize for a cricketer.
These two being:
Eoin Morgan – He was announced over the weekend as the New England ODI Captain. He looked distinctly out of form in the recent series against Sri Lanka. So this new exciting stint as a franchise player for the Thunder might be just what he needs to turn his form around.
Morgan wasn’t out there very long but defiantly showed why he is thought so highly of have a look at this inventive stroke play.
The other being Alex Hales who is a lot more comfortable playing the shorter format of the game. His start to ODI cricket wasn’t anything to write home about but there is no doubt his potential is something that makes people very wary of him even if he is lacking form.
Taking up an opening spot for the Hurricanes suggests that Hales will no doubt eventually find some form to take into the World cup. Here is Hales on his day.
As we look forward to the World cup, by having these guys playing shorter format cricket against quality opponent’s we can’t help but think that English cricket is heading in the right direction.
The question I would like answered is why it has taken us so long to be bold?