thenews.com.pk 19 Sep, 2020 08:45 am

England hope bubble cricket can be blueprint for world game

England hope bubble cricket can be blueprint for world game
MANCHESTER: England showed the rest of the world that cricket could still be played during the coronavirus pandemic after a remarkable season that took place entirely behind closed doors.Large parts...

Large parts of the cricketing world rallied to England’s cause, with the West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Australia all going ahead with scheduled tours.The West Indies, one of the poorer Test nations, have also sent over a women’s team for a Twenty20 series that will be England’s only taste of international cricket this season.England’s Stuart Broad become just the seventh cricketer to take 500 Test wickets during the West Indies series, which the home side won 2-1, before new-ball partner James Anderson joined an even more exclusive club by taking his 600th wicket on the last day of the series against Pakistan.England all-rounder Ben Stokes produced heroics with the bat during the second Test against the West Indies, with scores of 176 and 78 not out, while Zak Crawley hit a superb 267, his maiden Test century, against Pakistan.

This was also the season where the Black Lives Matter campaign made its presence felt in cricket, with West Indies great Michael Holding and former England women’s international Ebony Rainford-Brent speaking powerfully about the need to combat racism.Sports September 19, 2020 MANCHESTER: England showed the rest of the world that cricket could still be played during the coronavirus pandemic after a remarkable season that took place entirely behind closed doors.

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