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Live Report – England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day

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The Hundred 2021 – Liam Livingstone rise justifies Birmingham Phoenix faith in top draft pick

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Two years on from the inaugural Hundred draft the England allrounder is in the form of his life

There were raised eyebrows when Birmingham Phoenix used their first pick of the Hundred’s inaugural draft in October 2019 to sign Liam Livingstone, but with the tournament finally underway nearly two years on, it looks like a shrewd piece of business.

The other seven men’s teams in the competition opted to use their first picks of the draft to sign overseas players, but with the pandemic and the international schedule prompting a swathe of last-minute withdrawals, only two of the first seven picks – Rashid Khan (Trent Rockets) and Sunil Narine (Oval Invincibles) – are still with the teams that initially signed them.

Livingstone, meanwhile, comes into the tournament on the back of what he has labelled the best week of his career, following his breakthrough in international cricket via a record-breaking 42-ball hundred in England’s first T20I against Pakistan last Friday. The series served as vindication for those involved in planning for the draft.

While it was impossible to foresee the raft of withdrawals caused by the pandemic and restrictions on international travel, the Phoenix decided that their prospects of winning future editions of the tournament would be better if they form a strong domestic core and filled gaps with overseas players, rather than relying on their stars – following the model of recruitment that has proved successful for the IPL’s most successful sides, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

“When we came out of the velvet bag last, that meant we knew that to an extent, the real cream of the overseas talent would have gone by the time we made our first pick,” Craig Flindall, the Phoenix’s general manager, explained. “We were very strong from the outset about trying to create longevity, and we thought that was based around strong domestic players, rather than the overseas players who might not be available and come in and out.”



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SL vs Ind, 3rd ODI, 2021

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Sri Lanka captain also hopes their fast-bowling reserves will improve in the future

For many fans watching on, let alone the players, the manner of Sri Lanka’s defeat in the second ODI was particularly tough to take. Amid one of the worst streaks in the country’s cricketing history, the opportunity to get one over an old enemy – even if their first choice XI was halfway across the world – would have been as good a salve as any. But, Deepak Chahar had other ideas.
So, it’s now down to Dasun Shanaka – Sri Lanka’s 10th captain in four years – to rally his troops, go again and avoid a whitewash. While the Super League points up for grabs will no doubt be a motivating factor, it’s clear what this Sri Lankan team needs right now is simply a win.

“If we had won that last game, it would have been a big boost going into this game,” Shanaka said. “But I have a lot of belief that this young team can start winning soon.



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Recent Match Report – Yorkshire vs Surrey 2021

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Yorkshire stumble to 165 all out after being inserted on bouncy surface

Surrey 168 for 5 (Stoneman 73*, Pillan’s 4-57) beat Yorkshire 165 (Atkinson 4-43) by five wickets

Gus Atkinson‘s four-wicket List A debut helped Surrey make a winning start to their Royal London Cup campaign as they eased past Yorkshire by five wickets at Scarborough.

Atkinson, 23, prospered with the new ball on a fast and bouncy North Marine Road pitch, claiming 4 for 43 to bowl the Vikings out for 165 in only 35 overs.

Hashim Amla elected to bowl at the start of this Group B fixture, and the South African batting great later went beyond 10,000 career runs in this format with 29 to begin a successful chase. But Mark Stoneman played the match-clinching innings, an unbeaten 73 off 110 balls, having only just returned to Surrey following a four-game T20 loan spell with Yorkshire.

Stoneman and co survived 4 for 57 for South African overseas quick Mat Pillans, who moved from Surrey to Yorkshire in late 2018.

This fixture included eight players – four on each side – making their List A debuts.

Atkinson made the initial breakthrough by bowling Will Fraine in the second over before getting George Hill caught at square leg and Jonny Tattersall caught behind as the hosts slipped to 40 for 4 in the 10th.

Matthew Revis, another List A debutant, top-scored for Yorkshire with 43 off as many balls, while Gary Ballance made 39. They shared 81 inside 13 overs for the fifth wicket. But wickets fell quickly once more.

The Vikings tumbled from 121 for 4 in the 22nd, losing their last six for 44 as most of the damage was done from the Trafalgar Square End.

Opener Harry Duke, Hill, Ballance and Pillans were all undone by extra bounce, while Revis and Dom Bess will reflect on loose dismissals.

This certainly wasn’t the way Yorkshire captain Bess would have wanted to celebrate his 24th birthday, with him skewing Dan Moriarty’s left-arm spin to long-off.

Hill and Pillans fell caught off top-edged pulls against Atkinson, the latter courtesy of a stunning diving catch on the run towards backward square-leg from wicketkeeper Jamie Smith. Ballance fended a short ball from Conor McKerr to gully, sparking the clatter of wickets.

Amla and opening partner Stoneman then steadily shared 59 inside the first 13 overs of the chase. Stoneman hit two fours and slog-swept Bess for six as 14 came off the 12th, only for Pillans to claim two wickets in three balls in the 13th. He had Amla caught at wide mid-on pulling before bowling Ben Geddes, leaving Surrey 59 for 2.

That forced Stoneman back into his shell, but he shared an important 54 with Smith. Pillans then struck twice in an over again, getting Smith caught at midwicket for 25 and Ryan Patel superbly caught one-handed in the gully by Tattersall – 116 for 4 in the 29th.

Bess also bowled debutant Nico Reifer for an eye-catching 26, but Surrey’s victory was secured with 10.5 overs remaining.



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