Date & Time: Thursday, September 03, 17:35 IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
The T20 Blast is moving thick and fast every day as we near the end of the first half of the season. Somerset and Worcestershire which are at No.3 and 6 in the Central Group points table respectively, clash off each other for the first time in the season at Birmingham. Worcestershire is yet to register a win in the tournament as they lost two games and the other game was washed out. On the other hand, Somerset won and lost a game each and another game was washed out. Bowling has been a concern for Worcestershire so far and it will be tested even more on Thursday against a strong batting line up of Somerset with the return of Babar Azam and Lewis Gregory.
Steven Davies(w), Babar Azam, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory(c), Edward Byrom, Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Ollie Sale, Josh Davey, Max Waller
Hamish Rutherford, Riki Wessels, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Brett DOliveira, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox(w), Ed Barnard(c), Daryl Mitchell, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown
Edgbaston proved to be a sporting venue in the last couple of seasons with a much-needed contest between bat and ball. The average score at the venue is around 160 in the last two seasons. Spinners had a slightly better strike rate than pacers at the venue.
The World’s No.1 batsman in the format returns to Somerset after his international duties. He has had a phenomenal season last time around as he was among the top 5 run scores of the season. We expect nothing different from him given his track record and his recent form. He has a PPM of 58 and an MDTA of 1.44 in 13 T20 Blast games.
He is one of the emerging talents in the Somerset camp. He has been around for only a year and a half in the domestic circuit but he has shown great promise in short time. He has been among the wickets and runs in the two matches played in the season.
The experienced pro is one of the main batsmen for Worcestershire given his expertise and good track record. He has got a good start in the two matches played in the season but failed to convert it big. Now it’s the time for him to step up as the team needs a win.
He has flown under the radar in the last couple of seasons under the likes of Banton and Babar. He was among the runs for Somerset in the past few seasons. The only thing is that he not as consistent as Babar or Banton, and he can either be a game-changer or get out for a low score.
The Somerset captain who is back from international duties is a notable miss in our SL team. He has a good record in the T20 Blast but he is in poor form of late.