A huge challenge awaits England’s cricketers in Australia this winter as they bid to retain the famous Ashes urn. It has been a turbulent build-up, with talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes caught up in a police investigation, a number of injury problems and the warm-up matches providing a lack of quality opposition, but can the tourists still find a way to triumph down under?
Birmingham Bears, Glamorgan, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire Outlaws will compete for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast title at Edgbaston on Saturday.
A thrilling tournament will reach its climax on Sunday when England and India take to the field at Lord’s for the final of the women’s World Cup.
A new city-based competition may have been given the green light to start in 2020, but the NatWest T20 Blast has shown there is still a great appetite for county cricket.
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