In today’s uk cricket news, learn more about Australian all-rounder Sean Abbott who made history in the T20 Blast for Surrey on Saturday morning [AEST]. Meanwhile, after a spectacular start to his career, Harry Brook believes that England’s aggressive approach to Test cricket suits him perfectly. Lastly, former India captain Ravi Shastri believes that ODI cricket will suffer the most as a result of the expansion of franchise-based T20 cricket around the world.
- Abbott Pays Tribute to Roy With 34-ball Century in T20 Blast
Surrey’s Sean Abbott scored the T20 Blast’s equal-fastest century (34 balls) on Saturday morning [AEST].
Abbott’s magnificent knock came just in time for Surrey, who were 64-4 when the Australian joined and blasted 11 sixes to end 110 not out off 41 deliveries.
Abbott took fellow Australian Kane Richardson for 30 in the 17th over as Surrey defeated Kent by 41 runs at The Oval.
After equaling Andrew Symonds’ Kent record in 2004, Abbott told Sky Sports that it “won’t sink in for a while.”
Abbott added, “I don’t think I’ll get much sleep tonight but to share that one with Roy, he’s a hero of mine and hopefully we get to share a beer upstairs and have a chat about it some day.”
I’m thrilled. I don’t have the words for it.”
The Sky Sports commentary crew called Abbott’s knock “astonishing” as he easily surpassed his career best of 41.
The century was matched for the fourth-fastest in T20 cricket, four balls slower than Chris Gayle’s 2013 IPL record for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
FASTEST T20 HUNDREDS
Chris Gayle – 30 balls (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors in Bangalore, 2013).
Rishabh Pant—32 balls (Delhi vs Himachal Pradesh in Delhi, 2018)
North West vs Limpopo at Paarl, 2018: Wihan Lubbe 33 balls.
Kent vs Middlesex at Maidstone, 2004: Andrew Symonds 34 balls.
Surrey vs Kent at The Oval, 2023: Sean Abbott 34 balls.
After Jason Roy’s injury on Friday, Surrey promoted Laurie Evans and Will Jacks to the top. Abbott batted at six.
Sam Curran told Sky Sports that Abbott would have “a bit of responsibility” if he moved up the order.
“I think he did more than that,” Curran laughed.
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Pretty fantastic. He said, “I think I said to him when he was walking off I don’t think that’s going to happen again.”
In T20 cricket, “I think it was just one of those nights where he’s just an unbelievable striker of the ball.” In 60 for 4, someone had to stand up, but to get 100 off 30-odd balls is almost too special.”
Abbott’s knock was “pretty special,” according to Kent captain Sam Billings.
Billings told Sky Sports, “I thought we were brilliant as a bowling unit until the 12th or 13th over and then didn’t quite execute.”
But when someone plays like that, you have to tip your head to them. It was exceptional.”
Harry Brook Says England’s Aggressive Test Cricket Fits Him
Original Source: Harry Brook: England’s attacking approach in Test cricket suits me
Last January, the 24-year-old Yorkshireman made his international debut in a T20 versus West Indies in Bridgetown.
Since then, he has played in all three formats, won a T20 World Cup, scored four centuries in six Tests, and came within 11 runs of becoming the second English hitter to record four tons in four matches after hammering 89 off 81 balls in New Zealand last month.
“Good year,” Brook said. “I never believed I’d win a World Cup or have four Test hundreds.
“I think I’m very lucky to have come into this Test side especially and the way we’re trying to play, the positive brand of cricket that we’re trying to play and entertain the crowd, it suits my game more than any, really.”
As an MLB ambassador, Brook traveled to Florida after the New Zealand tour to participate in spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I’d never watched a baseball game before I went out,” Brook said. I loved it because of it.
“Obviously the ball is thrown outside your body and I’m used to hitting it through point, so the technology is ridiculous.”
“They had all the TVs and iPads up where I usually hit the ball.” I was hitting it near to the pricey items, so they were afraid.
“We went there at half past seven, they had a game at one, and they were all in the gym. Before the game, they trained five hours. We arrive one hour early in Test cricket. It’s amazing how much training, technology, and analysis they do.”
By February, Brook had became the first player to reach 800 runs in his first nine Test innings and was on track to become the fastest to 1,000.
That could seem Brook doesn’t need extra batting practice, but he was still anxious to learn from the Cardinals, who will play the Chicago Cubs at the London Stadium on June 24-25.
He remarked, “All the lads there were stacked, they were massive, and they were saying all the power comes from your legs.” “If I were to practice anything now, I’d practice getting a stronger base and using my legs for more power when I hit.”
While Brook promotes MLB’s return to the UK after its 2019 debut (the second London Series was postponed due to the pandemic), his own sport is aiming to get into the US.
Cricket and baseball are competing for inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, with the ICC proposing a six-team T20 competition and the USA hosting the Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024.
Twenty20 competition The first draft of Major League Cricket’s inaugural season will take place in Houston on March 19.
Returning to his sport, Brook pledged more from himself and England, who resume their Ashes campaign at Edgbaston on June 16.
He stated, “Personally I’ve obviously done well in the last few months but I feel like I can still improve a lot of my game, so I’m sure everyone in the team can as well.”
The World Cup success was my England career’s highlight. I’m speechless. I’m speechless. We have the Ashes this summer. That may be a contender if we win.”
Ravi Shastri Bats for Non-contracted India Players in T20 Leagues Abroad
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has encouraged non-contracted Indian players to play in abroad T20 leagues. The former captain claimed such a move will not damage the quality of the Indian Premier League but will give periphery players more financial security and experience to diverse situations.
Shastri expects the BCCI to enable retired players to compete in overseas T20 leagues in the future if IPL franchises buy more teams abroad and expand.
While the best international players play the IPL, Indian stars haven’t played in overseas T20 tournaments. The senior women’s cricket team’s A-listers have played in the Big Bash League and The Hundred.
The cricket schedule is making it difficult for players to play in abroad T20 leagues.
‘Look at the amount of people in this nation, we are 1.4 billion, yet only 11 can play for India,’ Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.
How will others react? White-ball cricket is their strength, and they can play it globally for multiple franchises. Take advantage. It’s common sense. It’s their money. They’ll never lose this. BCCI doesn’t employ them. Why don’t they go?
Exposure’s great. What’s their IPL protection level? It’s right to see where they come from. Protecting our league is our top priority. It won’t harm the league if certain players leave.
The World Cup-winning former all-rounder further claimed that T20 leagues will damage bilateral cricket and that cricket will follow football’s model of top players assembling only before important events like the World Cup and playing T20 tournaments the rest of the year.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has dismissed worries about the health of ODI cricket due to the growth of T20 leagues, claiming a “healthy number of ODIs” have been scheduled for the next years.
In India Today, Sachin Tendulkar urged changing the ODI format to keep it relevant.
“Bilateral cricket will suffer, no doubt.” Shastri continued, “It’ll go the football way with the leagues spreading around the world.”
“Just before the World Cup, the teams will assemble, play a little bilateral, clubs will release the players, and you play the mega World Cup.” It’ll happen that way whether you want it or not.
“I feel fine.”
Summary of Today’s Cricket Sports News
Overall, on Saturday morning [AEST], Australian all-rounder Sean Abbott smashed the equal-fastest century (34 balls) in the history of the T20 Blast for Surrey.
Surrey were at 64-4 when Abbott stepped in and he promptly blasted 11 sixes on his way to finishing with 110 not out off 41 balls.
On the other hand, Harry Brook has had a meteoric ascent in the past 13 months since he made his international debut in a T20 match against the West Indies at Bridgetown. Despite making his debut in a T20 match, he has consistently taken an offensive stance in all formats of the game.
Finally, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has given his blessing for unsigned Indian cricketers to participate in T20 competitions abroad. As the former captain pointed out, this would benefit the league’s fringe players by providing them with more financial security and opportunities to play in other situations, but it would have no effect on the quality of the Indian Premier League as a whole.