If the IPL auction had taken place at the start of April last year, it would have been doubtful whether Ben Stokes would have achieved the huge price tag that was eventually paid by Rising Pune Supergiants. With England losing the World T20 Final and the Durham all rounder cited as the lone culprit, Stokes is unlikely to have attracted the same interest.
Yorkshire pacer Ryan Sidebottom has confirmed he will retire from professional cricket after the conclusion of the 2017 County Championship.
Sidebottom, 39, who helped England wining the ICC World T20 in 2010, will call time on his 20-year career at the end of the current Specsavers County Championship.
Tottenham Hotspur highly-regarded prospect Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new deal that is set to keep him at the White Hart Lane until the summer of 2019.
The 19-year-old defender, who can play in either full-back but is mainly used at right-back – has featured prominently for Spurs’ youth teams this season.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has expressed his crave to experience in the lucrative Indian Premier League this year, putting himself forward for the auctions, which is going to be held on February 4.
The Twenty20 tournament gets underway from 5 April to 21 May, but the left-handed batsman is likely to be involved in country’s ODI against Ireland on 5 May.
Simply put, England were superb in 2016; going on a 13-match unbeaten run throughout the calendar year. Eddie Jones has managed to single-handedly turn England’s form around after their dismal effort in last year’s home World Cup and they are yet to lose under their Australian head coach. If nothing else, a Six Nations Grand Slam success and whitewash tour triumph in Australia in 2016 have helped to remind us just how strong this England side is.