The Ageas Bowl has missed out as a 2023 Ashes venue but will be one of eight hosts for the England and Wales Cricket Board's new franchise Twenty20 competition.Hampshire's headquarters was touted as a likely double winner in the ECB's announcement of its major match allocation for five years from 2020 to 2024.It was duly confirmed on Wednesday evening as a host for the new domestic Twenty20 tournament set to begin in 2020,
alongside Glamorgan's SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff and the six long-established international grounds.But there will not yet be an inaugural Ashes Test on the south coast, or indeed any Tests between 2020 and 2024 at a venue still only 17 seasons old.There was also Ashes disappointment for Nottinghamshire as it was confirmed Trent Bridge will not host a Test between England and Australia in 2023 - as it has in the last two home series of 2013 and 2015.Headingley, Edgbaston and Old Trafford will instead host the Ashes tourists in successive trips - having already been granted Tests in 2019 - as well as Lord's and The Oval.
Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur last night revealed that the club will clear the majority of their £25m debt on the back of the major matches they have been awarded for the years 2020-2024, including the “jewel in the crown” of an Ashes Test in 2023. Arthur said that the allocation of three Tests, a one-day international and six T20 internationals during the five-year cycle,
along with Emerald Headingley being named as one of eight host venues for the new T20 franchise tournament starting in 2020, “completely underpins and more” the club’s financial forecasts for the next six years, with the Ashes Test alone worth up to £5m.The England and Wales Cricket Board also awarded Headingley a mouthwatering Test against world No 1 side India in 2021, plus a Test against New Zealand in 2022, when announcing last night the latest batch of international games.
If you had to choose, which would you prefer to win: the World Cup or the Ashes?If you are an Australian selector or player, this might be a question you have to answer next year when Australia have back-to-back tournaments in the World Cup and the Ashes.I can hear you saying ''Why can’t I play in both?'' Well, after watching a brilliant Ashes win by our Test team,
and then the team's dreadful performances in the one-day internationals, there is no doubt our players struggled to maintain their form and rage for the full summer.First, all credit must go to our medical and strength and conditioning staff for their part in keeping all of our bowlers on the park throughout the Ashes. But once the ODIs started, our bowlers looked cooked and bowled poorly. It was a similar story for our top two batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner.
Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire chairman hoping mobile technology will help see it realised one day even though he will be “well into his dotage”.Bransgrove has poured millions of his personal fortune into the Southampton ground since saving the county from insolvency 18
years ago but was once again disappointed when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the venues for the 2023 Test series against Australia.The upside came in being awarded a team in the ECB’s new Twenty20 competition, as well as seven limited overs internationals from 2020 to 2024. From a business point of view these were considered a “great result” by Bransgrove, even if his mission rumbles on.
Glamorgan have confirmed that Australian star Shaun Marsh will arrive in Wales in time for the start of the 2018 Championship season.Ashes hero Marsh missed out on a contract for the Indian Premier League, which could have meant him missing the first six weeks.The county has also revealed plans for a pre-season trip to Dubai in March.They will play friendly matches against Surrey and Lancashire during the 10-day warm-weather training camp.
Marsh's arrival in mid-April will mean that Glamorgan do not have to look for cover for the opening four Championship matches and early stages of the One-Day Cup.But his record of 445 runs at an average of 74 in the Australia-England Test series could mean that the 34-year-old batsman is needed for Test matches against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in mid-season."We were expecting him to be involved in the IPL, so it's a very pleasant surprise that he's not," said Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris."If he's called away by Australia then he's called away, but we're hoping he's going to be here for the vast majority of the summer."Marsh, who previously played T20 cricket for Glamorgan in 2012, will be accompanied by a second overseas player for the T20 Blast.
Ashes 2017-18 - Joe Root scored five half-centuries but could not convert a single one of them into a ton
378 runs @ 47.25; HS: 83 – 0x100, 5×50
Joe Root played really nicely for his runs but couldn’t convert 50s into 100s, which was so desperately needed by his team. As one of the senior batsmen and captain, it was Root’s responsibility to score big runs to guide England’s innings.
Imagine if he turned his 51 at the Gabba in the 2nd innings to a 100, or his 83 at Sydney, or his 67 at Adelaide – indeed, at Adelaide, a hundred could well have taken England to a win. It became a standing joke of sorts (Joe Root walks into a church and says he wants to become a Christian, but the priest says ‘Sorry Joe, you can’t convert) but it was actually pretty damaging to England’s chances.
Ashes 2017-18 - Cook's stellar knock at Melbourne was overshadowed by his failures in the remaining matches
376 runs @ 47; HS: 244* – 1×100, 0x50
It was a difficult series to evaluate Alastair Cook. We must remember that as the 4th Test rolled around, people were questioning whether Cook was done. He seemed clueless against Mitchell Starc’s left-arm swing with the new ball, and hadn’t scored in excess of 37.
But then he came out at Melbourne and scored the highest ever score by an overseas batsman at the venue, with 244*. That seemed to reaffirm Cook’s place at the top of the order, and generously padded his stats. Without that knock, he would have scored just 132 runs @ 16.5.