BY Pete Starr
This week England made it to an unlikely WT20 final in India where they'll face the mighty West Indies for the right to be the first side to lift that weird silver vase thing more than once. It's 5 years since the Three Lions triumphed over Australia in the Caribbean, we took a look at what that team is up to these days. Perhaps surprisingly, only three have actually retired from playing completely.
36 years old these days and plugging away at Nottinghamshire. The lusty opener was still involved with England until the last World Cup in Bangladesh but has been jettisoned since in favour of England’s crop of fresh faced and fearless whippersnappers.
A Sydney Sixer since 2011 Lumb actually won the inaugural Champions League with the franchise in 2012, top scoring in the final. T20 remains his favoured format he actually top scored for the Sydney Sixers this season (oooh!) as they came bottom of the BBL (aaah…) and seems to be winding down a little, if his involvement in the newly formed Master Champions League is anything to go by. Still looks like he might be distantly related to Ian Bell somehow.
The man famously spoonerised into being known as ‘Kies Craigswetter’ around the MatchPint office put in a MOTM performance in the 2010 final, blasting 63 runs to set England up for victory.
His form fluctuated in the following years and he played his final T20 in 2012 after scoring 4 dreadful runs from 14 balls against New Zealand. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow then swooped to make the role their own.
Unfortunately, the South African born star suffered a career ending injury in 2014 when a David Willey bouncer broke his nose and cheek bone, having slipped through the grill in his helmet. Despite returning to the game and making the England squad for the 2015 World Cup his vision problems, caused by the injury, continued, meaning he could not play to the standard he wished and retired aged just 27 last year.
Was the tournament's 2nd highest run scorer, averaging 62, in 2010. Since then has pissed literally EVERYONE to do with English cricket off quite spectacularly, to the extent where his exquisite talents are simply just not worth the hassle anymore. An almost impressive case of self sabotage.
Still a world class performer, KP’s joined rather cushty Chris Gayle club of being a full time T20 gun-for-hire around the world.
Just don’t let Piers Morgan know that England have done extremely well without the love of his life, mind. He’ll probably do something dastardly like invite his millions of followers on social media to abuse you or hack your phone. The cad.
The dibbly-dobbly all rounder retired from all international cricket a year after his crowning triumph. The wily skipper is still chugging along for Durham at 39 years old and has spent his spare time earning his stripes in the coaching game, mentoring Scotland at last year’s world ODI jamboree whilst acting as a batting consultant for England at this year’s tournament.
The only surviving member of the 2010 team still around, Morgan’s the current leader of this year’s brave new England. An IPL veteran and arguably still England’s most gifted batter, he has, as is the rule with all England skips, seen his form with the bat disappear into thin air since taking over the captaincy.
Fortunately, has made up for it with some fine performances in the field and plenty of ice cool tactical plans. Would become the first ever player to pick up two WT20 winners medals should England prevail on Sunday.
Still only 31, Wright is one player who can justly feel pretty aggrieved to have not made the cut this year after yet another fine season with the bat for Melbourne Stars. Injury saw him miss out on Bangladesh two years ago and he was slowly ushered out the back door as Peter Moores resumed control of the England set up shortly thereafter.
Like really small beers and bad moustaches, Wright’s a concept appreciated more Down Under than at home. He’s holder of the highest ever BBL individual score of 117 and sits 5th on the all time leaderboard for the Australia domestic completion.
Still tanking in to bowl the heaviest of balls for his beloved Yorkshire, Bresser’s slipped off the radar somewhat. Was involved for England up until WT20 2014 but struggled badly in Bangladesh, ending the tournament with just one wicket and a rather unsightly economy rate.
Has fallen out of favour internationally across all formats and continues to struggle with a mélange of different injuries.
A crucial, if understated, cog in England’s 2010 triumph, notable for his tidy overs of spin in tandem with Swann that helped choke run rates.
Saw his off field struggles with depression, something exacerbated when touring, end his international career prematurely. Having taken some time to get healthy he returned to become a true stalwart of the county game and retired last year, scoring a hundred in vain during his final home game, as his beloved Sussex suffered a shock relegation.
Plenty of eyebrows were raised when the man who replaced Paul Collingwood as T20 skipper was left out, with pitch conditions on the subcontinent probably the deciding factor. Ironically, England's spinners have struggled in India, with the seam attack really coming to the fore. Broad, the world's No.1 red ball bowler hasn't featured in T20s since embarrassing defeat to the Netherlands 2 years ago, yet remains England's highest wicket taker in the format. Currently resting up with a view to tormenting Pakistan and Sri Lanka this summer with his swing and steepling bounce.
Technically England’s most successful T20 captain ever (66% win rate, from erm, 3 matches…) Swann abruptly bowed out of cricket in all it’s forms half way through the car crash Ashes tour of Australia in 2013, citing a dodgy elbow/shoddy form.
Since then he was cleared of drink driving on his way to buy screwdriver to rescue a cat stuck under some floorboards (?!) and, when not performing with his covers band, Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations, gets to prattle on and scoff down cakes as the TMS team.
The man known as ‘Sexual Chocolate’, thanks to his flowing mane and sultry Huddersfield drawl, binned international cricket off just months after the 2010 triumph. The lanky seamer kept Jimbo Anderson out of the team through the tournament in the West Indies and continues to trundle in and hoop it around corners at Yorkshire to this very day at the grand old age of 38.
Fancy revelling in that 2010 game again? It's worth it for England's fielding alone.
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