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.
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.
Cricket writer Tim Wigmore (@TimWig) joins me on the latest edition of the One Stump Short Podcast to discuss the England cricket teams current Test woes, the impact of the new ECB TV deal on players salaries and the importance of Afghanistan’s promotion to Full Member status and what it should mean for world cricket.
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