Yorkshire postpone T20 match to avoid clash with England-Croatia World Cup semi-final

David Clough 10/07/2018
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Yorkshire have postponed Wednesday’s Vitality Blast fixture with Derbyshire to avoid a clash with England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The Twenty20 match at Headingley was due to begin at 18:30 local time – 30 minutes before the football – but Yorkshire have announced it has now been rescheduled for July 30.

A statement read: “Following England’s progression to the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup, Yorkshire County Cricket Club believe that it is in the best interests of the spectators to reschedule the fixture.

“The decision has taken into consideration travel advice for the Headingley area on Wednesday night.”

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England coach Paul Farbrace insists it's not end for the road for Joe Root in T20 team

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Test captain Joe Root still has a big part to play in England‘s Twenty20 team and can learn from limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan, according to acting head coach Paul Farbrace.

Root was dropped for the final T20 against India in Bristol on Sunday, when the tourists secured a seven-wicket win to wrap up the series. England will get the chance to redress the balance in the one-day internationals, which start at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Captain Morgan admitted omitting Root for the Twenty20 was “not an easy decision” as fit-again all-rounder Ben Stokes came back into the side.

For the 50-over series, Farbrace will revert to his role as assistant to Trevor Bayliss, who returns to the helm after some time taking in England Lions and county cricket.

And Farbrace believes Root will be determined to make an impact in Nottingham.

“Every player goes through a period where you either find it tough or you are left out the side or whatever. We all know that his response will be to work harder, try harder and score more runs – that’s the nature of him,” Farbrace said.

“I’m sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he wants to show he’s a high-quality player in all forms of the game, so he will be disappointed.

“But we all know Joe very well – he’ll be spurred on by that and he will do all he can to make sure he is ready come Thursday’s game at Trent Bridge. I still think, and I genuinely believe, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that.

“He is our best player – a fantastic player in all forms of the game. Yes he hasn’t got any runs in the last couple of games and yes that does make you vulnerable in any side. Runs are your currency – that’s what you’re selected on.

“Joe has the ability to hit boundaries. He might not have the raw power of a Stokes or a (Jonny) Bairstow, but strong cricket shots, even in 20-over cricket will get you your reward.”

LEARN FROM MORGAN

Farbrace believes Root can learn from Morgan – and vice versa.

“There are signs of Joe really getting to grips with the Test match team as a captain, and I think any experience like he has had over the past few days will definitely help him”, Farbrace said.

“Players learn from players and I am sure he’ll be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about things, the way that he makes the decisions that he makes.

“I’m sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England cricket captain whether it’s with red or white ball. I think he’ll definitely learn from that.”

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Captain Eoin Morgan says England were 30 runs short in T20 decider against India

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Eoin Morgan admits England failed to post a competitive total as India wrapped up the T20 series with a seven-wicket win in Bristol.

The hosts’ 198 for nine was their third-highest Twenty20 international total on home soil.

But on an excellent pitch, and small playing area, it proved inadequate as Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten hundred eased India to a 2-1 series success after a third-wicket stand of 89 with his captain Virat Kohli.

Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler appeared to have put England on course to easily top 200 – but after their opening partnership of 94 in under eight overs, momentum was lost, and there was no grand finish either.

A manic conclusion to the innings saw five wickets fall in 15 balls, albeit for 21 runs, as Hardik Pandya finished with a career-best four for 38.

Morgan said: “Those 20 or 30 runs we missed out on, in the back-end of our innings, cost us. We did a lot of things right today – particularly that platform set. Jason and Jos were brilliant up front, and almost gave us a licence to allow ourselves to think about 220.

“But the execution of our shots didn’t really match up with getting to that total. On a good wicket, small ground, we should be better than that.”

The tourists were therefore always favourites in the chase, and completed it with eight balls to spare. “India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets,” added Morgan.

“They kept up with the rate, and then it was a position in the 16th or 17th over they could take the game away from us – which is disappointing.”

The Irishman does not believe England have to play perfectly to beat India in white-ball cricket – just very, very well.

“I’d say close to,” he said. “I don’t think we have to play a completely perfect game every time (to beat them) – we proved that at Cardiff. But certainly today they had their day.

“India were probably on top of their game today, and we weren’t – and we were just short.”

Morgan and acting coach Paul Farbrace had a difficult call to make before a ball was bowled, to accommodate the return of fit-again all-rounder Ben Stokes – and in the end it was Test captain Joe Root who was dropped.

Asked if the conversation with Root is among the toughest he has had as captain, Morgan said: “Yes. Dropping Joe is not an easy decision. Trying to win the game on this particular ground, it actually came down to Ben’s bowling option. If we had Joe as a sixth bowler – which we needed today – an extra spinner against India didn’t really match up that well. That was the call we made.”

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