After an ‘extended tea break’, One Stump Short returns ahead of the new County cricket season, with Essex out to retain their title, Warwickshire and Middlesex looking to bounce back and the standard hand wringing over what to do with the limited overs game in England.
To mark our return to the crease, we’ve worked with cricket’s favourite number to produce a lovely little recap of six of the biggest stories we missed while we were eating Ginster’s pasties and complaining how cold it was:
There is never a better opportunity to reinforce your England credentials than when the Sky TV cameras are in attendance.
In taking 4-19 as Yorkshire beat Durham by 24 runs in the T20 Blast, Adil Rashid ensured his international credentials – or lack thereof – were firmly thrust back in to the limelight ahead of the Third Test against South Africa.
But the 29-year-old remains a divisive figure among armchair selectors – though it is not entirely clear why.
With The Ashes done and dusted, fans and pundits are already turning their attention to England’s showdown with Pakistan in October.
The series looks all but certain to act as Adil Rashid’s inauguration, with the spin friendly wickets of the UAE dictating the need for more than just Moeen Ali if England are to top Misbah-ul-Haq’s side, who haven’t lost on ‘home soil’ since their relocation in 2010.
Beyond Rashid, England’s spin alternatives are painfully thin though. This isn’t any kind of a secret; spin bowling in England isn’t dead, but it is at the very least on life support. That Moeen Ali, a talented batsman and passable spinner, is England’s first choice twirler says much.
But the decline of spin bowling may not be purely an English one. The game globally lacks the star names of old, much to its detriment.