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Name: Jason ROY

Country: England

County Club: Surrey

International T20 Debut: September 2014

Performance so Far:

Roy had an excellent game against Sri Lanka on Saturday, opening the batting to score 42 runs off just 39 balls. He gave an exciting performance scoring more than half of his runs through boundaries. However in the spirit of T20 cricket, the tournament as a whole has had its ups and downs for Roy. Lasting just seven balls against Afghanistan but hitting a strike rate of 269 against South Africa, Roy has scored around 40 runs in three of the matches. His time in India has sadly been marred by his behaviour against Sri Lanka where his outburst from disagreeing with the umpire led to a hefty fine. Roy managed to put this behind him against New Zealand, scoring a phenomenal 78 runs off just 44 balls. Roy was pivotal in England’s semi-final win as his first over consisted of four boundaries, setting the precedent for an exciting game. Roy narrowly escaped being caught out much earlier on with a risky high hitting shot. He will have to concentrate hard to perform to the same standard in the upcoming final.

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Name: Eoin MORGAN

Country: England

County Club: Middlesex

International T20 Debut: June 2009

Performance so Far:

As England captain, Morgan has been under intense pressure for both him and his side to perform. This World Cup has not seen the best of Morgan, with many underwhelming appearances. Playing as 4th or 5th batsman, Morgan took a disappointing golden duck against Afghanistan but made up for it with a decent strike rate of 138 against Sri Lanka last Saturday. Morgan played an important role in England’s tightly contested game against the West Indies as he scored 27 runs not out, holding on while others’ wickets fell around him. Unfortunately this was not enough to secure a win on this occasion. Morgan had a disappointing game against New Zealand being bowled out for a golden duck. However his catch of Taylor helped keep New Zealand’s score low enough for England to cruise to a win and secure a spot in the final. Hopefully Morgan will pull out all the stops in what will be a very exciting game.

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Name: Dwayne BRAVO

Country: West Indies

County Club: Surrey

International T20 Debut: February 2006

Performance so Far:

Bravo has enjoyed some good bowling performances this T20 World Cup attaining relatively low economies. But once again as is seen with many T20 players, the consistency isn’t quite there. Bravo started the World Cup poorly with an economy of 10.25, lucky for him the West Indies continued on to a win. However he has turned this around, attaining a couple of low economies of five runs per over against South Africa and Afghanistan. On top of this, Bravo has not done any batting to write home about, lasting just four balls against England and scoring a fair 28 runs against Afghanistan. Bravo will be most important in the West Indies game holding back India’s runs with his bowling and will be looking to maintain his more recent run of form.

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Name: Mitchell McCLENAGHAN

Country: New Zealand

County Club: Middlesex

International T20 Debut: December 2012

Performance so Far:

McClenaghan has been a bit on the back benches this World Cup, not making an appearance on the scorecard against India. However since then he has been given more trust and started to bowl. Whether this trust has been well placed is another matter as he scored a 10.75 bowling economy against Pakistan, taking no wickets. In other games McClenaghan has managed to make some good moves despite being given little time in which to do so. Against Bangladesh he was given just one over but managed to take a wicket and limit the opposition to just three runs. Also in this game he received just one ball and managed to score a six showing he’s willing to make the most of the little time in the spotlight he’s given. McClenaghan had a relatively average game against England in the semi-final but unfortunately for New Zealand, average meant a bowling economy of 8 and just one run. A performance that saw New Zealand bow out of the World Cup.

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Name: Natalie SCIVER

Country: England

County Club: Surrey

International T20 Debut: July 2013

Performance so Far:

Sciver is doing an excellent job living up to her title as an all-rounder. England’s women have done very well this World Cup, winning all their group matches to make it through to the semi-finals and hoping to see it through to the end. Sciver herself has put in a good run of form for batting, especially against the West Indies, holding on while her teammates could not. However it has been Sciver’s consistent bowling that has been her most important contribution to the team. Although not always given a full four overs, her economy over the games have been excellent, giving just seven runs from two overs against India as well as taking a wicket. Sciver is an exciting one to watch in a team full of promise. Unfortunately England’s women have not been able to make it past the formidable Aussies. However Sciver had an excellent game, although being bowled out for a duck, she took three wickets, being arguably one of the most important players on the pitch for England. I look forward to hearing more from Sciver as the County season starts up again in the next couple of weeks.

By Max Thorp