Published: 1st November, 2018
The cold and dark months in England mean no cricket on these shores for a while but that doesn’t mean our players are taking it easy as they jet off to play around the world.
While they won’t be wearing the Three Feathers, you can still cheer on your favourite Surrey men in both international and domestic cricket over the coming thirty days.
Those not involved in anything overseas will return to the Kia Oval on the 12th November, where they will work closely with Strength & Conditioning Coach Darren Veness until the new year as preparations for next year’s Specsavers County Championship title defence begin.
ENGLAND IN SRI LANKA
Four Surrey men are in Joe Root’s Test squad for this month’s three-match series.
Young all-rounder Sam Curran, Player of the Series in the home win over India this summer, and Ollie Pope, who made his debut in that same series, are the two capped names.
They are joined by Club Captain Rory Burns, who is in his first senior squad, and wicket keeper Ben Foakes, who looks set to act as back-up to Jos Buttler following Jonny Bairstow’s injury.
It’s going to be a compact, intense series – which may lead to team changes between matches – with the first Test beginning on 6 November, the second on the 14th and the final on the 23rd.
LIONS IN ABU DHABI
Jason Roy and Amar Virdi are part of a red-ball England Lions squad that will take part in a training camp before facing a Pakistan XI in a four-day match from 18 November.
Aaron Finch is Australia’s white-ball captain now and he will lead his country into battles with South Africa and India this month.
Three ODIs against South Africa (4th/9th/11th) are followed by a one-off T20 against the same opponents on the 17th.
Then three T20Is against India on 21st/23rd/25th follow before the Test series that will begin in December.
WOMEN’S WORLD T20
Five of our triumphant Surrey Stars will be heading into the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies full of confidence after our Kia Super League glory this summer.
Sophia Dunkley became the first uncapped player in Kia Super League history to score a half-century this season and could be capped this month. She joins 50 over World Cup winner and England legend Nat Sciver.
The Stars’ three South African representatives are all key to their nation’s hopes. Dane van Niekerk is the captain and will feature prominently with bat and ball, just like expert death bowler and her wife Marizanne Kapp. Lizelle Lee joins them as the opening batsman.
Five Surrey men are set to compete in the second T10 league in the United Arab Emirates between 21 November and 2 December.
Of this year’s Surrey contingent in the UAE, only Liam Plunkett experienced the inaugural tournament in December 2017.
Tom Curran will play for the Kerala Kings, Plunkett & Jade Dernbach for the Punjabi Legends & Jason Roy and Morne Morkel for the Bengal Tigers.
JACKS IN AUSTRALIA
Will Jacks is getting his winter of Australian grade cricket under way with University Cricket Club in Perth.
In a schedule similar to Ollie Pope’s stay with Campbelltown last year, Jacks will play with University across in all formats throughout the coming months.
He has featured in two matches so far and will continue to play every weekend. You can keep up with his progress, starting against Claremont-Nedlands on Saturday, via these scorecards.
AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE
While there isn’t any cricket to watch at the Kia Oval at the moment, an unrivalled 2019 summer will soon be here. Members can buy international tickets from Friday 2nd November as England host Pakistan in an ODI in May before the final and potentially decisive Ashes Test comes to its birthplace in September.
Domestic fixtures for the 2019 season are also set to be announced this month. Keep an eye out to make sure you know when and where Surrey will be during the campaign which sees us defending our Specsavers County Championship & Kia Super League crowns while chasing glory in the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast.