With the new year comes more cricket! January may feel like the antithesis of a typical cricketing month in the UK but there’s still plenty going on around the world to keep up with.
The good news is we’re now around three months out from the start of the 2022 domestic season when Members and supporters will be back at The Kia Oval.
For now though, we must content ourselves with time in front of the TV, radio or online scorecard to get our fix. It’s a good job then there’s plenty of cricket being played that involves Surrey men & women.
The final two Ashes Tests come in the first half of this month, with Rory Burns & Ollie Pope the Surrey representation in the England team.
First, the sides go to Sydney between the 5th and 9th January before the series ends in Hobart between the 14th and 18th January. An unusual destination on an Ashes tour, Hobart has been selected due to COVID restrictions in place in Western Australia ruling Perth out.
For UK viewers, the matches will be live on BT Sport with highlights available each day for those that can’t stay up all night.
Ben Foakes and Jamie Smith were in Australia with the England Lions but were sent home following the completion of their match programme.
Sophia Dunkley & Nat Sciver are flying to Australia early this month to be fully prepared for the multi-format series to start on the 27th January,
They will begin with a four-day Test in Canberra before three T20Is (two in Sydney, one in Adelaide) on the 4th, 6th and 10th February. Three ODIs follow that (one in Adelaide, two in Melbourne) on the 13th, 16th and 19th February. The series is decided on a points system, with the winner of the Test taking four points and the winner of each white-ball match claiming two.
Again, all these matches will be available on BT Sport for UK viewers.
Alice Capsey & Bryony Smith will also be in Australia as part of the ‘A’ squad shadowing the senior group on tour and playing a number of fixtures themselves. We’ll bring updates of their tour right here.
U19s World Cup
The men’s U19 World Cup in the West Indies is fast approaching and our man Nathan Barnwell is expected to be in the England squad.
England will play Bangladesh (16th), Canada (18th) & United Arab Emirates (20th) in the group stage. All teams will be guaranteed knockout fixtures, with top qualifiers going through to the Super League and 3rd & 4th place teams in the Plate. The end goal is to be in the final on the 5th February.
T20Is in West Indies
Following the completion of the men’s Ashes on 18th January, some players will head straight for the Caribbean where they will join up with a number of others. England will play five T20Is against the West Indies on the 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 29th & 30th January. UK viewers can see these on Sky Sports.
Chris Jordan, Jason Roy & Reece Topley are in the squad while Sam & Tom Curran missed out through back injuries that forced them to withdraw from the IPL & BBL respectively.
Big Bash League
Despite Tom Curran being forced into an early return to the UK, there is still strong Surrey representation at Australia’s leading domestic tournament.
Laurie Evans is with the impressive Perth Scorchers, Reece Topley at the Melbourne Renegades and Dan Worrall with Adelaide Strikers. Curran himself had enjoyed a good start to the competition, taking five wickets for Sydney Sixers while Jordan shone in his five game contract with Sydney Sixers.
The knockout stages begin on Friday 21st January with the final set for Friday 28th January.
All matches are shown on Sky Sports. Click here to see the fixture list in full.
Training at The Kia Oval
All players not around the world will report to The Kia Oval for training throughout the month as the new English domestic season nears.
Over the course of the month, our marquee will also begin to take shape to ensure warm training on grass is possible ahead of any pre-season fixtures that may come in March and April. The organisation of pre-season matches is dependent on the 2022 fixture list, which the ECB currently expect to announce in late January.