Showing 7 July, 7pm: Live Essex v Surrey Cricket

Former England all-rounder Flintoff will commentate on at least eight Blast games for Sky Sports this summer, with his first match Saturday’s Midlands derby between Birmingham Bears and Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Essex and Surrey kick us off 24 hours earlier, though, with a host of international stars set to be on show.

Essex’s Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir will aim to keep the likes of returning Australian Aaron Finch and England one-day star Jason Roy – the only man to hit two Blast centuries last year – in check.

Surrey’s Curran brothers, Tom and Sam, will also look to impress, although Essex spinner Simon Harmer is the most in-form bowler, having taken 28 wickets across his last two Specsavers County Championship matches


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Showing as we open, 20 October: Bangladesh v England

Batsman Joe Root says England will not underestimate Bangladesh when the two-Test series begins in Chittagong on Thursday.

England have won all eight of their previous meetings, but Bangladesh drew home series with Pakistan, India and South Africa last year.

“It’s Test cricket. I don’t think you can ever take it lightly,” said Root.

“They’re a very exciting side with some very dangerous players. We’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”

Captain Alastair Cook suggested England would select three spinners and three seamers for the series opener, against a side that have not played Test cricket since August 2015.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 1.30pm, 6 September: Sri Lanka v Australia [first T20]

Transitioning Sri Lanka face another stern test

Sri Lanka may have the beginnings of a future-proof Test team, but in the shorter formats, the juggernaut that is their transition rolls relentlessly on. So long has it reigned now, it probably deserves to be capitalised: Transition. Perhaps in years to come, Sri Lankan historians will see fit to add a prefix, and it will become “The Great Transition”. Whatever the case, it continues to guzzle up players and spit out empty husks of international careers, chewing up those husks and spitting them up even emptier, fans wailing by the roadside in rags, a terrible limited-overs drought afflicting their once-lush land.

Back together in this current squad are players like Chamara Kapugedara, Sachithra Senanayake and Thisara Perera. Many of whom had been part of Sri Lanka’s T20 boom years, from 2009-2014, but their presence does not seem a guarantee the boom years will come again. The more experienced hands are as much on trial as the likes of Kasun Rajitha or Dasun Shanaka. A big, limited-overs breakthrough continues to evade them.


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