Sport Stokes backs fearless Brook for England
Morgan among returning stars for Pakistan T20 series
England captain Eoin Morgan is one of several star names to return from a coronavirus-enforced absence to face Pakistan in a three-match Twenty20 series.Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are also among nine players to return having missed the three-match ODI series against the same opponent after a Covid-19 outbreak in the England camp. The ECB said the impacted players have completed the required period of self-isolation and have all returned negative tests.
Ben Stokes tipped Northern Superchargers team-mate Harry Brook to break into the England side in the near future after continuing his Vitality Blast form with a superb innings in The Hundred.
Brook was the third-highest run-scorer in the group stage of the Vitality Blast, hitting 485 runs for Yorkshire with two fifties and a top-score of 91.
The 22-year-old then lit up Emerald Headingley on Saturday night, plundering 62 from just 31 balls in a narrow defeat to Welsh Fire.
Proof of full COVID vaccination condition of entry to nightclubs from end of September
People will need to have proof of full vaccination to enter nightclubs and other "crowded venues" from the end of September, the vaccines minister has announced. Nadhim Zahawi said a negative coronavirus test would soon "no longer be sufficient" proof that a person was COVID-safe.Speaking in the Commons on the day England's nightclubs were allowed to open for the first time since March 2020, he urged businesses to use the NHS COVID pass, which shows if someone is vaccinated or that they have tested negative for the virus.
Report: Harry Brook heroics in vain as Fire hold off Superchargers
Superchargers captain Stokes said of Brook: "He just takes the game on from ball one. He is not scared of any situation, he is not frightened of any bowler and he just sticks to what works for him.
"That is exactly what we try and create in the England team so I don't think it will be too long before we see him wearing the Three Lions.
"I remember hearing his name about three or four years ago and people saying 'watch out for this kid'. Watching the games in the Blast he has been phenomenal and he has continued that form here."
Brook, who reached fifty from 21 balls and hit five sixes and three fours in his innings, said: "I felt like I was in good nick out there, it was just a shame I couldn't get us over the line. I've said a few times I want to be a match winner, and in the end I wasn't. I batted nicely, but it wasn't enough.
Broad backs England to win T20 World Cup
Stuart Broad is backing England's squad depth and "fearless" cricket to win them the T20 World Cup later this year.England Test seamer Broad was part of Sky Sports' commentary team for the three-match T20 series against Pakistan, which Eoin Morgan's men claimed 2-1 after winning a low-scoring decider at Emirates Old Trafford by three wickets with two balls to spare.
"I was seven off seven balls and tried to kick on. I felt like I knew what they were trying to bowl all the way through - cutters into pitch.
"That opened up the off-side if they got it slightly wrong on line. Then I tried to beat the deep square men when they went straight.
"It's always an amazing crowd [at Headingley] when it's packed. I can't wait for some more."
Sky Sports commentator and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen hailed Brook's knock and believes The Hundred is going to produce more players for international cricket.
On Brook, Pietersen said: "What an innings that was! Rob Key said to me 'watch this lad play; and my goodness! He is 360 and plays beautifully though the off-side. Those are shots!
"A lot of county cricketers don't like me saying it but if you condense a tournament you get the depth.
"When you get the depth players become better, the cricket becomes better and it builds a stronger national team. This tournament will build a stronger national team.
Watch four games in The Hundred on Sunday, starting with London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles live on Sky Sports The Hundred and the Sky Cricket YouTube channel from 10.30am.
Ollie Pope believes England have the quality to cope without absent Ben Stokes .
All-rounder Stokes has taken indefinite leave from all cricket in a bid to safeguard his mental health.The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday that Stokes had taken indefinite leave from all cricket in a bid to safeguard his mental health and properly recover from a fractured finger.