The retirement of Alastair Cook combined with the struggles of Keaton Jennings have left England with one almighty headache at the top of the order heading into the 2018/19 Winter Tour.
While Rory Burns appears to be the obvious choice to fill the void left by Cook’s departure – weight of runs alone putting the Surrey man head and shoulders above anyone else in County cricket right now – other names linked with the vacant number one spot include Middlesex’ Nick Gubbins, Nick Browne of Essex and perhaps even ‘good players of spin’ such as James Vince moving up the order.
Absent from the discussion, perhaps unfairly, is Lancashire’s Alex Davies.
The One Stump Short Podcast returns from its year long hiatus to celebrate England’s summer successes and take a look ahead to the winter tour of Sri Lanka.
BBC Test Match Special commentator Daniel Norcross (@NorcrossCricket) joins Rob to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what still needs to be fixed for the national side as they prepare for the challenges of the sub-continent and life after Cook.
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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.
An England team winning the World Cup is a rare thing.
In my life time I can only think of four occasions where an England team (or any other home nation for that matter) has won a World Cup – the 2003 Rugby World Cup and, now, a third ICC Women’s World Cup.
Sunday’s victory for Heather Knight and her team was not just significant because, as a sporting nation, we so rarely get to celebrate team success of this nature, but also because of the opportunities it has now presented.