Pakistan have previous when it comes to turning things around in major tournaments – with the 2017 Champions Trophy now garnering its fair share of ‘cornered tiger‘ references after Sarfraz Ahmed’s side upset tournament favourites and hosts England to reach Sunday’s Final.
Wednesday’s eight wicket victory was not just an example of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s bowling attack – sans Mohammad Amir due to back spasms – but also their superior ability to master the conditions.
Ask 100 people who they think England’s best ever opener has been in one day cricket and there’s a good chance you’ll hear the names Marcus Trescothick, Graham Gooch, Andrew Strauss and Nick Knight.
Another Warwickshire man, Ian Bell, will likely get some support too – and all are worthy of mention, absolutely, but England’s finest opener in limited overs cricket might well be starring us in the face: Alexander Daniel Hales
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The 2017 County schedule is somewhat quirky. Almost everyone knew this heading in to the season, with dedicated blocks defined for red ball and white ball cricket (both 50-over and 20-over).
It hasn’t always been popular – with some fearing the County Championship has been further pushed to the margins – but even beyond this some scheduling decisions have been odd to say the least.
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Having registered his third century of the season on Sunday, Durham’s Keaton Jennings has demolished any lingering concerns there might have been that he was some sort of one season wonder.
But what happens next for the talented 24-year-old?