Marcus Trescothick backs England openers to take their chance in Sri Lanka

Sport360 staff 15:36 03/11/2018
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Keaton Jennings (l) and Rory Burns (r) will be in the spotlight.

Marcus Trescothick hopes Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns can “forge their own path” as England prepare to begin life without Alastair Cook.

Cook brought the curtain down on his distinguished career with an emotional farewell at the Oval in September and will be absent from the Test XI for the first time in 12 years when England begin their three-match series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Tuesday.

In his place at the top of the order will be Jennings, the last of a dozen partners Cook worked through after Andrew Strauss’ retirement, and newcomer Burns, who might consider himself unlucky not to have been number 13.

Trescothick’s own departure from the international stage in 2006 made room at opener for the man who would become the country’s leading run-scorer and he is hoping for another successful transition.

“I think they can forge their own path now, it’s not something where they’re going into it knowing Alastair is there as someone to be compared to all the time,” he told Press Association Sport.

“It’s tricky being compared to Alastair Cook at the other end. It’s time to move forward and change the style of what they’ve done. It’s a great opportunity to look at something totally fresh.

“I think it’s exciting times for England, having to find and forge the next partnership at the top of the order. We’ve got to be very careful that we don’t judge them too quickly.”

Burns has been backed to shine by Trescothick.

Burns has been backed to shine by Trescothick.

Trescothick is particularly keen for Surrey captain Burns to get a fair crack of the whip.

He comes into the side as the leading domestic batsman of 2018 and with more than 1,000 first-class runs in each of the past five seasons.

Those facts, rather than an idiosyncratic approach, are what matters to the 76-Test veteran.

“They way his technique is set up is a little bit different at times but at the point of impact he’s no different to anyone else so you need to see past that,” he said.

“In England we can get a little bit caught up on how it looks, but it’s got to be about the volume of runs not how you go about it.

“If you reverse swept every ball for six and kept making hundreds nobody would bat an eyelid.

“That is the challenge he has to deal with, it’s not always as black and white as we expect. But I’m sure Rory will do well if gets the opportunity because he’s continued scoring runs for a good period of time.

“This year he was the leading batsman across the board and you have to commend him for that.”

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Sport360 staff 14:08 03/11/2018
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Justin Langer.

With the infamous ball-tampering saga still hanging like a dark cloud above Australian cricket, coach Justin Langer has promised to put the smiles back on when his side take on South Africa in the ODI series.

When the two teams last met in the Test series in South Africa earlier this year, the Newlands match was rocked by Australia skipper Steve Smith’s admission to tampering with the ball.

Smith, along with his deputy David Warner, was handed a one-year ban from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension.

But looking ahead to the five-match series against the same opponents, Australia coach Langer was hoping to change some of the mood.

“It’s sad, isn’t it. Everyone seems to be at each other. There’s lots of criticism,” he said of the atmosphere surrounding Australian cricket,” Langer said.

“What we can do is we can prepare well, we can play good cricket, and be entertaining and put on a good show so Australians can start smiling a bit.

“One thing sport can do and the Australian cricket can do is put smiles on faces rather than everyone throwing stones at each other.”

On the other hand, South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis expects the verbal sledging to be toned down a notch when the two sides meet again.

Du Plessis is expecting the sledging to be toned down.

Du Plessis is expecting the sledging to be toned down.

“An Australia-South Africa series is always going to be competitive but I do suspect this series will be a little bit more toned down, especially from the Australian side,” he said.

“Not necessarily from a body language point of view, but maybe from a verbal point of view.”

Though the hosts will miss Smith and Warner, Proteas skipper Du Plessis still expects it to be a tough test.

“Whenever you get a chance to play against Australia it feels like you’re playing against a very good cricket team. When you look at what they’ve got in their squad at the moment on paper there are some fantastic names there with the ball and with the bat,” he said.

The first ODI between the two sides will get underway at Perth on Sunday.

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Mohammad Amir ignored as Pakistan name squad for ODI series against New Zealand

Waseem Ahmed 13:06 03/11/2018
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No place once again for Mohammad Amir.

There was no place once again for Mohammad Amir as Pakistan announced its 15-man squad to take on New Zealand in the three-match ODI series in the UAE.

The left-armed pacer was dropped from the T20 and Test sides following his dismal showing in the Asia Cup and has now been overlooked in the one-day format too.

While Amir has missed out, another left-armed quick in Junaid Khan has been recalled to the side after missing out on the series against Australia.

Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has returned to the squad after recovering from the finger injury he sustained in the Test series against Australia. The left-hander underwent a successful surgery on his finger before making a return to competitive cricket on Friday in the Quaid-e-Azam One-Day Trophy semi-final.

There was also good news for Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez, who made his way back into the ODI outfit. Imad Wasim’s excellent displays in the T20 series win over Australia has seen him make a return to the ODI side after more than a year out.

There were not many other surprises in the Sarfraz Ahmed-led squad with 18-year-old pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi retaining his place after his impressive showing in the ongoing T20 series against the Kiwis.

The first two ODIs between the two sides will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 7 and 9 with the final clash taking place in Dubai on November 11.

PAKISTAN 15-MAN ODI SQUAD

Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hassan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Usman Khan Shinwari.

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