Archive for September, 2011
England should recall Kevin Pietersen for their limited-overs trip to India as, despite some recent wobbles, he is one of the best with the bat in world cricket.
The South African-born batsman has been on an imposed sabbatical from the shorter forms of cricket recently, missing out on the one-day matches with India, a game with Ireland and also the Twenty20 fixtures against the West Indies.
England continued their successful 2011 throughout those matches, bar the one poor showing in their final match with the Windies, and attentions will now turn to their five one-day games against India next month. Those placing cricket bets will be keeping a close eye on things.
With Eoin Morgan already ruled out of the tour with a shoulder injury England are down one quality batsman, so surely it would not be to their advantage to keep Pietersen out of the fold also.
Despite not hitting former heights in recent shorter matches, the batsman still boasts a one-day average of 40.13 and that is a quality that England should not leave at home when they head to face the world champions.
With the World Twenty20 tournament also taking place in Sri Lanka next year this trip to the sub-continent gives the England stars the perfect opportunity to experience the slower wickets so you would expect the strongest squad to be named for this trip. The cricket betting promotions reflect this.
England are likely to take a squad full of experienced heads and also mix in a few young players to give them an opportunity to feel part of the squad and learn in order to develop their international pedigree.
After a successful 2011 so far England will be looking to sign off on a high, but this India they are facing on their own turf will be a different beat to the one easily brushed aside over here mere months ago.
England have been drawn in the same group as India in the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. The preliminary group will involve a qualifying team which will make up the trio of sides in Group A.
Andy Flower’s team will be defending their world crown that they picked up in the West Indies in 2010 when they beat Australia in the final. Those following the cricket betting will be keeping a close eye on their preparations.
The tournament gets underway on September 17 and the final will take place on October 7 at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombia.
Australia and West Indies have been drawn together along with a qualifier in Group B. The hosts Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe make up Group C, whilst Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are in Group D.
The top two from each group will qualify for the Super Eights. This will also be played in a pool format, where the eight teams will be split into two pools of four. The top two from each group will then take part in the semi-finals. Fans of Betfair will be expecting England to make it that far.
A qualifying tournament to determine the two non-test playing nations will take place next year in March in the United Arab Emirates. Two teams will progress from this and book a place at the finals.
Sri Lanka will be only the fourth nation to host the two-yearly tournament that first took place in 2007. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgart is confident next year’s event will just be as good as those in previous years.
He said: “Nothing beats nation-versus-nation contests and when these battles take place in the newest, sharpest and quickest form of the game, you can feel the excitement in fans.”
Former Australia stalwart Simon Katich says it is highly unlikely that he’ll be recalled to the side following the recent changes to the selection system.
Katich was a high profile absentee when the Australian Cricket Board announced its list of players who were to be awarded contracts for the upcoming season, despite being one of his nation’s most consistent players in recent years.
The selectors reasoned that they were looking to the future, picking the likes of Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh as they look to the future after a disappointing few years for Australian cricket. Fans of free sports betting will be wondering if they can bounce back.
However, since the decision was announced, a review of the selection process has been conducted and it has been recommended that it be restructured for the good of Australian cricket. Those looking at the mobile betting will be wondering what sort of impact this will have.
While admitting that the recommendations certainly won’t harm his chances of a recall, the left-handed opener maintains that it is still unlikely he’ll be brought back into the side.
“I haven’t read too much into that to be honest because I’ve got to go out there and perform this season for NSW and that’s all my focus is on at this point in time,” said Katich, who has played 56 Test matches.
“Who’s in charge I don’t think is going to make too much difference to my situation.”
The 36-year-old has admitted that it has been difficult watching his old teammates in their ongoing series against Sri Lanka and still believes he is more than good enough to play for the side. However, he freely admits that his exclusion has been somewhat of a blessing in disguise and says he is now fully focused on his form at domestic level.
Alistair Cook maintains a reputation as one of the best batsman in international Test cricket but he is looking to improve in the shorter forms and even wants to take on the Twenty20 captaincy in the absence of Stuart Broad.
The batsman has just won the Test award at the ICC’s awards in London and that was a justifiable reward for a year in which he hit six centuries in 18 innings and a double century against Australia – indeed his best performance, the 294 against India recently came after the deadline for those awards.
Cook has been named the one-day captain for England and has worked hard to transfer his Test skills in the shorter formats and he will be a main man in the side’s upcoming one-day return series in India in October. Anyone following the cricket betting promotions will be keeping an eye on him.
The star has thrown his hat in the ring to fill Stuart Broad’s boots as England’s Twenty20 captain in the upcoming matches with the West Indies as he looks to improve in all forms. People placing cricket bets will be keen to see what happens.
Cook admits one-day and Twenty20 cricket is “another step out of my comfort zone” but he is willing to put in the “hard work” to become a main star for England.
“I’ve always said I want to play all three formats of the game,” he added.
“In the last two years I’ve really worked hard to develop my range of shots, and it’s worked – and I think there’s huge potential still to come as those shots become more and more natural.”
The ECB are hoping Broad, who has been diagnosed with a muscle tear in his right shoulder, could be back for England’s Twenty20 fixture scheduled for October 29 in Kolkata, which would mean he misses all four of the one-day series against India.