With the cricket season coming to a close, we reflect on what has been a summer full of triumph and milestone achievements for England’s cricket teams.
Series victories against the West Indies and Pakistan in test cricket were topped off by Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad reaching personal landmarks, that many bowlers would dare to dream of reaching. The latter reached 500 wickets after removing Kraigg Brathwaite on the fifth day of the third test, which saw England come out on top 2-1. The 34-year-old becomes the 7th player in test history to reach this haul, along with Anderson who took his 600th wicket against Pakistan. The Lancashire seamer joins an elite list of bowlers in the 600 club. Spinners Shane Warne, Anil Kumble and Muttiah Muralitharan are accompanied by the 38-year-old who doesn’t look like retiring anytime soon.
Zak Crawley’s double century was the highlight of England’s batting display, the Kent batsman cemented his position in the team with a monumental 267 against Pakistan. A partnership of 359 with Jos Buttler lead to a mammoth total of 583-8 in the third test. Despite the large run chase that England had set their opponents, Pakistan fought back to tie the test match, resulting in the home team winning the series 1-0
The surge of Tom Banton with the bat for the T20 side has created a lot of optimism amongst England fans. The youngster seems to ooze confidence at the crease and isn’t afraid to attack the boundaries. Despite scores of 46 and 71 against Pakistan, the 21-year-old prospect didn’t seem to find much form against Australia. I think it can be argued however, that Banton can be a key figure within the T20 format and has a bright future ahead of him within the International setup. Spinner Adil Rashid showed glimpses of his prime form, after taking 8 wickets in total against Pakistan and Australia, a huge catalyse in the England side winning both games 1-0 and 2-1 respectively. The 32-year-old has shown enough in my opinion, as to why he should be in and around the squad still and has even been on the radar for a return to test cricket, due to his recent performances.
The ODI side will finish off the summer for England, in a series against Australia and are hoping to carry on the momentum from their win against Ireland, back in August. Jonny Bairstow caught the eye after hitting 82 from 41 balls, which ultimately had a huge impact in England going 2-0 up. Captain Eoin Morgan provided his team with 2 excellent innings of batting, with 31 and 106. The ODI that starts on Friday is one not to be missed, with Rashid again looking to produce another positive performance with the ball, along with Banton and Bairstow hopefully adding to their displays of cricket this summer.
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