England Test captain Joe Root is ready to have a Bash Down Under

England captain Joe Root wants to prove he is a high level T20 cricketer this winter

England The test captain Joe Root's desire to prove himself as a high-level T20 cricketer is ready to see him squeeze in a brief spell at the Big Bash in Australia, between tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies this winter .

Instead of resting after the trip to Sri Lanka, Root wants to play in Australia after marrying Carrie Cotterell, mother of her son Alfie, on December 1. England must arrive in the Caribbean on January 11.

Root was very disappointed to have been overlooked twice for the Indian Premier League this year. First he was lost in the auction and then as a replacement player when offering his services to the Rajasthan Royals. The little known South African Heinrich Klaasen was the preferred one.

England captain Joe Root wants to prove he is a high level T20 cricketer this winter

England captain Joe Root wants to prove he is a high level T20 cricketer this winter

The England skipper intends to line up alongside his international teammate Jos Buttler for the Sydney Thunder, who are trained by Shane Bond, England's Ashes bowling consultant last winter.

Renowned ITV Sport journalist and documentalist Gabriel Clarke has partnered with England's former cricket digital media chief, Barney Douglas, to plan a sports film about the rise of England to number 1 in the world before Ashes ash in 2013-14.

One obstacle is that Kevin Pietersen, probably the key figure in the story, has yet to give his support to the project.

It is understood that MCC has a shortlist of six candidates interviewed this week to replace the legendary outfielder Mick Hunt, who is retiring after 49 years of service at Lord & # 39; s at the end of the national season.

Mick Hunt (right) retires after 49 years of service at Lord & # 39; s at the end of the domestic season

Mick Hunt (right) retires after 49 years of service at Lord & # 39; s at the end of the domestic season

Mick Hunt (right) retires after 49 years of service at Lord & # 39; s at the end of the domestic season

Hunt is famous for preparing his own test launches to last five days instead of simply meeting the requirements of the England team. And it will be intriguing if MCC turns to a field agent more prepared to make ECB offers in the future.

The contenders include Gary Barwell of Edgbaston, who produced a great pitch assisting both the bat and the ball in the first Test against India, Lee Fortis of The Oval and Karl McDermott of the Ageas Bowl of Hampshire. He is the only leading Irish outfielder in first class cricket.

It could not be invented that the Mbargo Night Club in Bristol, where England's cricketers drank the night of the incident that led to the Ben Stokes trial for scuffle allegations, used to be owned by former ECB president Giles Clarke through the portfolio of properties of his Boston Tea Party company, based in Bristol, a chain of coffee shops.

Ward drops the microphone!

Sky Sports commentator Ian Ward has a reputation as a friend of the players. Therefore, in the interest of at least some impartiality at the Sky TV stand, perhaps it was not the best idea for Ward to be an integral part of the England team's golf day last Monday at Stoke Park.

He returned the tournament's best score as the only media representative involved and helped Joe Root to present the golf prizes.

Meanwhile, he did not overlook that Ward, on the air in Egbaston when faced with having to describe Alastair Cook pulling a doll in the slips of Ben Stokes, veered off his way to apologize for him.

Sky Sports commentator Ian Ward (L) played on England's cricket team golf day last week

Sky Sports commentator Ian Ward (L) played on England's cricket team golf day last week

Sky Sports commentator Ian Ward (L) played on England's cricket team golf day last week

PCA Executive Director David Leatherdale, who has been away from work for five months with stress, was not on the golf day in England organized by his union. But he has returned to work in recent weeks.

It is understood that Quest, the little-known digital channel that shows the highlights of the Football League on Saturday night, is spending 50% less on production costs than Channel 5 paid last season. . It is said that the Quest expense in production is £ 25,000 per program compared to £ 50,000 of C5.

It is said that the move away from Fulham's finance director, Sean O'Loughlin, to become CFO at Crystal Palace has much to do with the growing influence of the people of the American owner Shahid Khan at Craven Cottage in relation with Khan's offer of 600 million pounds. buy Wembley

The American owner of Fulham, Shahid Khan, in the final of the play-off of the Championship last season

The American owner of Fulham, Shahid Khan, in the final of the play-off of the Championship last season

The American owner of Fulham, Shahid Khan, in the final of the play-off of the Championship last season

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