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Neil Fairbrother: Keep the bandwagon rolling
Article posted: 15 September 2015

I hope James Vince is given a fair crack and can really push himself into contention for the T20 World Cup.


- Neil Fairbrother

Wow. What a summer of cricket it’s been.

Who would have thought that after our dismal World Cup in the spring that the England cricket team could come home and play with such energy and exuberance?

When I got on the tram to Old Trafford last Sunday morning the carriages filled up with excited and expectant passengers. Unfortunately the last day of international cricket didn’t quite go England’s way but what fond memories us spectators will have of the summer just gone.

To beat the Aussies in the Test matches and the T20 and go so close in the ODIs has been an amazing feat for the England players. It sets us up for two very difficult tours ahead, Pakistan in the UAE with South Africa to follow.

They will both be massive challenges in completely different ways.

Further on from that is the next T20 World Cup to be played in India and, if we can keep this brand of cricket going, then who knows what this group of players will be able to achieve in that competition?

There are lots of new faces popping up and one of those in the T20 squad to the UAE is James Vince. James has had a great T20 season domestically, scoring over 700 runs at an average of nearly 60 and a strike rate of almost 135 and therefore his selection is not just based on his natural talent but also the statistics that he has posted.

I hope he’s given a fair crack and can really push himself into contention for the T20 World Cup.

The support the team has had all summer has been enormous. The English cricket public have really got behind the lads again and there have been packed houses everywhere. Certainly the noise levels at both Edgbaston and Trent Bridge for the Test matches will long live in my memory and of course those lads that were on the field.

It is now time for a well-earned few days off before the team disappears on the 30th of September.

Let’s hope the bandwagon rolls on.

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