Captain fantastic, a scary b*****d and Buttler MkII – the England, NZ combined T20 XI
No Root, no Stokes, no Buttler, no Williamson. But if anything their exclusion has made us more excited for the upcoming T20 series in New Zealand. Here’s out combined XI…
His ostracism from the Test side is good news for England’s limited overs setup. Awful in The Ashes but superb in the World Cup, he’s always at his best when he doesn’t think about it. See ball, hit ball.
Combine the reach, batting arc and power of Alex Hales with the rubbery wrists of Eoin Morgan and you’ve got yourself a Tom Banton. Or Jos Buttler MkII, as he will be known.
Excited to see Tom Banton in an England shirt? 🦁 pic.twitter.com/BhjX90Ss3s
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 23, 2019
Averaging 32 and striking at over 160 in 55 internationals for New Zealand, Munro’s a very explosive T20 batsman, able to pick up any ball on his stumps and deposit it over the leg side, as England will remember…
How about that ball-striking from Colin Munro last night!?
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 19, 2018
In the absence of both Joe Root and Kane Williamson – who has been ruled out of the series with a hip injury – Taylor is the one remaining ‘ticking the scoreboard over’ batsman in either side. The elder statesman has a modest strike rate but also has one of the calmest heads in a run chase on shoulders capable of opening up and smashing the ball to all parts, should such acceleration be required.
Eoin Morgan (c)
Williamson is the only other captain that can be mentioned in the same breath as Eoin Morgan (that’s right Virat – sorry). The “barest of margins” meant it was the Irish-Englishman that lifted the World Cup trophy over his Kiwi counterpart. Even if Morgan was not an incredible batsman – as he has proved time and again despite criticism in the not too distant past – his captaincy alone merits his place in this side. He’s simply a wonderful man and a great ambassador for England cricket and the sport in general. Why not make him Test captain as well?
“We had Allah with us as well.”
Captain Eoin Morgan talks about the “diverse backgrounds and cultures” that made up England and Wales’ World Cup winning cricket team. pic.twitter.com/veswhDG4xY
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 15, 2019
250 runs in 5 international T20 innings. Maybe not a fashionable selection from England – given the relative youth of the rest of the side – but definitely deserves his place given his stunning form in the T20 blast this summer, which saw him third in the run scoring stakes, behind only Babar Azam and Tom Banton.
A shoulder injury prevented him from playing any part in England’s World Cup triumph, but his form with the bat picked up towards the end of a stop-start season. Far from consistent, he warrants a place for his energy behind the stumps (and in the dressing room), and his innovative approach to run-scoring.
— Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) August 29, 2019
Flies under the radar due to his unassuming nature – he’s a world class T20 performer. A bowling average of 20 at an economy of just over seven, and if Specsavers deals were handed out purely on batting prowess, he would have been donning free glasses for years before Jack Leach.
A late graduate from the Mitchell Johnson school of scary, moustachioed fast bowlers, his aim is either to hurt or york the batsmen with unerring accuracy. The 28-year-old outperformed Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer in the World Cup and we can fully expect him to be bowling as fast as f*****g possible. Can’t wait.
3. Lockie Ferguson to du Plessis
Another fine yorker, mind blowing.
— Vedant (@MagicallZizou) June 29, 2019
Capable of turning it square both ways, like Adil Rashid, and atypically accurate for a leg spinner, unlike Adil Rashid. His inclusion in both the T20 and Test squads suggest England have got big plans for the 23-year-old, and rightly so. A real talent.
Revs and rage from Matt Parkinson.
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) September 15, 2018
One of the abiding memories of The Hundred draft – other than Jos Buttler’s reaction to Dane Vilas’ selection – was 30-year-old Chris Woakes’ excitement at being able to learn the ‘knuckle-ball’ from 21-year-old Pat Brown. The ability to bowl one delivery at 90mph and the next at 65mph – with no discernible difference in bowling action – is almost unfair.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 21, 2019
Olly Stone ready for whatever role is required to make England World Cup squad
‘Any way in the England team, I’ll snap someone’s hand off,’ said Stone.
Dane van Niekerk ‘absolutely broken’ to miss World Cup over fitness standards
The South Africa captain was unable to complete a two-kilometre run in the minimum required time.
Run of defeats has not damaged England’s confidence, insists Moeen Ali
The all-rounder is confident England will be in good shape for the defence of their World Cup crown.
Lancashire sign New Zealand pair Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme
The all-rounders will be available to play in the LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality T20 Blast throughout the season.
Jos Buttler admits he needs to find his rhythm as England lose to South Africa
The hosts won the second ODI by five wickets to clinch the series in Bloemfontein.
Temba Bavuma hits hundred as South Africa secure ODI series win over England
The Proteas chased down 343 at Bloemfontein to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.
Jos Buttler and Harry Brook give England hope of levelling ODI series
England reached 342 for seven against South Africa, with Buttler making 94 and Brook 80.
Jason Roy was never ready to ‘roll over’ despite year of setbacks and low points
Roy has for so long been England’s pacesetter at the top of the order but lost his place in the side.
England batter Jason Roy emotional after return to form in South Africa defeat
Roy’s slump with the bat led to him being dropped ahead of England’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign last year.
Jofra Archer will ‘get better and better’ but England batting needs more bite
Archer took one for 81 on a hot and sunny afternoon in Bloemfontein.