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One Stump Short Podcast: Episode 12

Writer and broadcaster Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) of the Freelance Cricket Club Podcast, ESPN Cricinfo and The Guardian is my guest on the latest episode of the One Stump Short Podcast!

We discuss the results of this week’s key vote, which gave the ECB the green light to move ahead with a new city based T20 competition, Zafar Ansari’s decision to retire at just 25-years-old and the Royal London One Day Cup.

There’s also an attempt to dissect what looks set to be a highly competitive Champions Trophy tournament!

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For Whom The Bell Tolls?

It’s hard not to feel like there hasn’t been a little bit of an overreaction to England’s loss at The Oval.

Pakistan came to the UK with a seam bowling attack capable of challenging, one of the games best spinners and, despite some weakness at the very top of the order, a competitive batting line up containing two of cricket’s most experienced players.

Perhaps it is because there is now such a substantial gap between Tests. The loss at Lords was quickly washed away by success at Old Trafford, but England will not play Test cricket again until October, if the tour of Bangladesh goes ahead, and thus people have time to dwell on defeat.

Right now, many would have what could be termed a ‘clear out’. A spring clean of the England squad before they head to the sub continent.

This feels radical. Knee jerk.

The dust will settle, many of these concerns will fade. But one area which does appear in need of attention in the coming weeks is England’s middle order.

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