A power outage that plunged the Gabba and much of Brisbane into darkness robbed Sydney Thunder of almost certain victory on Thursday.
Shane Watson’s century had propelled the Thunder to 186/4 before England’s Chris Jordan helped reduce Brisbane Heat to 10/2 in three overs before the lights went out.
Jordan had Brendon McCullum caught at cover before turning catcher himself to send the dangerous Chris Lynn packing.
No amount of controversy can take away from Shane Watson's brilliant century.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019
But with the game 12 balls shy of counting as a completed game, the floodlights went out and not even the torchlights from 10,000 mobile phones in the stands could get the game back on.
Watson’s team had to settle for a share of the points, particularly galling after his round 100 in a 62-ball stay, featuring eight fours and six sixes, had put the Thunder firmly in control.
The No Result means the Thunder stay third in the table – victory would have seen them leapfrog Melbourne Renegades into second – while the Heat are sixth and a point outside the top four.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.