English Cricket Counties Make Their Choice
English Cricket Counties have passed a majority vote to play both red-ball and white-ball cricket. This will likely start sometime after the delayed 2020 season finally gets underway on August the 1.
After three months later than scheduled following the coronavirus pandemic, domestic cricket is moving towards the start date. It is believed however that several English Cricket Counties had hoped to play white-ball format only. This is because limited-overs cricket is more lucrative financially.
The vote to also resume red-ball cricket in August was made with a view to appeasing the respective counties members, who view the first-class format as the lifeblood of the county game.
English Cricket Counties Fixtures List
A fixture list is expected to be released by the England and Wales Cricket Board sometime next week. The discussions now will be based around the logistics of starting competitive cricket underway. One possibility is two separate competitions of First-Class and Twenty20 cricket, based on regional groups.
Fitness Comes First For Dominic Sibley
In other news ahead of England’s first Test tomorrow at the Ageas Bowl, opening batsman Dominic Sibley has revealed he has recently lost 12kg in weight. He mentioned that he received a “wake-up call” during the abandoned tour of Sri Lanka back in March.
Having previously been nicknamed ‘The Fridge’, Sibley decided it was time to shed some weight on the plane home from Sri Lanka. He had enough after suffering during the fitness sessions whilst in the country.
He said, “I saw how fit some of the guys are, especially the senior guys, and how impressive they are in their training.”
Sibley puts his weight loss down to a mixture of diet and training. He says he has not done anything “drastic” in order to achieve rapid weight loss.
The now slimline Warwickshire batsman averages 40.22 from six Tests, having made his debut in New Zealand in November. He will be looking to build on that average during the #RaiseTheBat series against the West Indies.
It is likely that Dominic Sibley will open the batting with Rory Burns for the upcoming tests of the summer. This means that Joe Denly will slot in at number three. In the absence of Joe Root, Zak Crawley is likely to feature at number four.
This means that both Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley will have to bat incredibly well. Since Joe Root is not playing yet, there is likely to be a greater burden on the batting order.
But, how will England cope against fiery West Indies and Pakistan bowling attacks? The bowling attack of the West Indies helped them win the Wisden Trophy in 2019 at home.
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