Wednesday Wickets #002

Welcome to the second edition of Wednesday Wickets. The T20 World Cup has commenced and so it could be easy to forget about the county game, but…

Hosein Retires

Some extremely sad news from Derbyshire, that 25-year-old wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein has been forced to retire due to concussion. Hosein made an immediate impact with the gloves as a teenager for his home county. That was back in 2017 on debut. He’d developed into a force with the bat too and retires with a first class average of 32.25 from 59 matches. Across all formats, he held 148 catches and effected eight stumpings. It’s to be hoped that he can find fulfilment in his future path.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/harvey-hosein-462292

Hosein isn’t the first talented player to have had to retire this year. Imran Qayuum and Brad Taylor are players, who like Hosein, could’ve been England material if the stars had aligned. Of course, Hosein’s retirement due to concussion does bring into question Australian batter Will Pucovski’s continued career despite suffering twice as many concussions as Hosein!

Australian Experience

Could Australia turn to either Shaun Marsh or Usman Khawaja for the upcoming Ashes?

Both batsmen have struck centuries already this season. 34-year-old Khawaja averages 40.66 in Test cricket meanwhile 38-year old Marsh averages a less glamorous 34.31. Interestingly, both batsmen average north of forty in ODI cricket despite not exactly being perceived to be top international white-ball operators

Surely Matthew Wade’s (Ave: 29.87) Test career is over. He’s a decent T20 player who hasn’t been able to have a run in his preferred role but he’s not a top notch Test batter. Travis Head should be included at the expense of Wade and if Cameron Green is fit then, with Smith and Labuschagne shoe-ins at three and four, neither Khawaja or Marsh are required.

Should an injury occur though, the experienced duo could come into the equation. Should it be Green who is unfit, then all-rounder Hilton Cartwright could earn a surprise Test recall.

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