The England and Wales Cricket Board staged the first draft for The Hundred on Sunday, which saw the eight franchise teams select their 15-man squads for the first year of the competition.
Eight England centrally contracted Test players were already assigned specific teams. Captain Joe Root will play his cricket in Nottingham for the Trent Rockets, while Ben Stokes will represent the Northern Superchargers at their home at Headingley.
Rashid Khan became the first-overall pick in the Draft when he was selected by the Rockets. The Afghanistan captain has impressed in T20 competitions around the world and will now turn his attention to mastering the 100-ball game.
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Was Stokes’ innings England’s best against Australia?
Ben Stokes produced one of the greatest all-time innings for England in their victory over Australia in the third Test at Headingley.
The 28-year-old guided the Three Lions to a one-wicket win over their rivals, keeping the Ashes alive heading into the final two matches of the series. We’ll now see where his innings ranks among England centurions against Australia.
5. Mark Butcher – 173* Headingley 2001
Butcher produced a brilliant knock – the highest of his Test career – to deliver a victory for England in a series where they were dominated by an imperious Aussie side at the peak of their powers. Butcher ensured that England were not whitewashed on home soil, leading a successful chase...
Is Stokes a lock for Sports Personality of the Year?
Ben Stokes’ astounding match-winning innings in the third Test against Australia have seen the all-rounder become the odds-on favourite to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Stokes already had an extremely strong claim to the award following his exploits in the Cricket World Cup Final. He produced an innings of 84 against New Zealand to save England from defeat before scoring vital runs in the resulting super over, which led to the eventual triumph at Lord’s.
Somehow the 28-year-old managed to better his performance to keep the Ashes alive against the Aussies at Headingley. England required a mammoth 359 to avoid defeat and allowing their bitter rivals to retain the urn.
A stellar field will assemble at the wonderful Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the 2019 edition of the World Matchplay. World Champion Michael van Gerwen will, as always, be the man to beat. The Dutchman is struggling for form though and we fancy Gary Anderson to retain the trophy.
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Cricket World Cup Final Betting Odds: England v New Zealand
England and New Zealand face off in the Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday, with both teams aiming to win the 50-over crown for the first time.
Eoin Morgan’s men overcame a sputter in the middle of the competition to charge their way through to the final, justifying their claim as favourites in the betting odds. The Three Lions had to beat the Black Caps and India to keep their hopes alive in their final group games.
They performed well under pressure to secure their semi-final berth, where they were pitted against Australia. The Aussies had got the better of England in the group game, but the host nation were ruthless, putting their rivals to the sword with ease to reach...
Pool fans are in for a treat this month. It’s time for the 13th edition of the World Cup of Pool, coming to us from Leicester in England. We analyse the chances of all the top teams. As always, it’s a wide-open event but we fancy Spain to spring a surprise.
World Cup of Pool Format
32 two-player teams take part in a knockout format. Games in the first two rounds are a race to seven racks (frames) with match length increasing for the later rounds. Matches are played as scotch doubles, with each player on the team taking alternate shots.
The pool balls numbered 1-9 are used, the object ball is always the lowest numbered remaining ball. Whoever pots the Nine-Ball wins the rack, regardless...
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