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England V India: Second T20 Cricket International – Live!

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Virat Kohli had a miserable IPL by his standards. But his recent T20 stats are decent:

Virat Kohli:

in T20Is: 51 avg, 138 SR

in last 10 innings in T20Is: 61 avg, 132 SR

in last 12 innings in T20Is: 62 avg, 135 SR

in last 30 innings in T20Is: 60 avg, 141 SR

in Australia in T20Is: 64 avg, 145 SR

On what basis is his place under doubts? #ENGvIND

— 12th Khiladi (@12th_khiladi) July 9, 2022 Anyway, he’s not opening the batting after all: the fireworks to be provided by Pant and Rohit. And here they come!

I struggled to hear the discussion on Sky between Broad, Morgan and Hussain due to connection issues. This seems to be the crux of it though:

Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad are in the commentary seats today.

Sad news from Manchester: long-time Old Trafford PA announcer John Gwynne has died. RIP, John, one of cricket’s great enthusiasts.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of our much loved former Public Address Announcer, John Gwynne, following his battle with cancer.

Our thoughts and condolences are with John’s family and friends. 🌹

— Lancashire Lightning (@lancscricket) July 9, 2022 It’s a full house under a scalding sun at Edgbaston today. Somewhere in the crowd are spotters, employed to keep an eye out for trouble after reports of racist abuse during the Test.

England win the toss and will bowl!TEAMS

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.

India: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

The news from Edgbaston is that Lancashire’s Richard Gleeson is due to make his debut today – encouraging news for late developers everywhere.

Looks like Richard Gleeson is to make his England debut at Edgbaston this afternoon. Remarkable story for someone who did not play his first professional county match until he was 27

— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) July 9, 2022 PreambleHello! We’re back already – match two in a white-ball July rollercoaster, this the second T20 between the two top sides in the world.

The players are at Edgbaston, but I’m in Surrey, where my brother and his family have arrived from New Zealand without any of their baggage. Talking of baggage (sorry) – winning India will cast aside some of their foot-soldiers as the Test warriors return. Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ajay Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah are all expected to wriggle back into the lineup.

England tripped up at the Ageas Bowl, a fifty run spanking, with Jos Buttler having to slither back to the dressing-room with a first-ball duck in his debut official gig as captain. But we expect the side to be similar, with a possible tweak to the bowling.

The action starts at 2.30pm BST – see you there!

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