Can Surrey, the inaugural champions, rise from their recent form and excel at the 2020 T20 Blast?
Last year’s finish: 8th in the South Group
Tournament history: Surrey claimed the first domestic T20 title way back in 2003 and followed that up with a run to the final again in 2004 where they lost to Leicestershire. Recent form has not been as pretty, with their last Finals Day appearance coming back in 2014.
Key player: Will Jacks. A hard-hitting KP-like batsman who has just shown glimpses of his talents since entering the first-team equation in 2018. The 21-year-old struck his 272 runs in last year’s Blast at a strike rate above 150, and the reference point for his outstanding ability remains a 25-ball ton against Lancashire in a pre-season T10 match last year.
Surrey 2020 T20 Blast Squad
Jade Dernbach (c), Rory Burns, Gus Atkinson, Gareth Batty, Scott Borthwick, Rikki Clarke, Jordan Clark, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Matt Dunn, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Nicholas Kimber, Conor McKerr, Daniel Moriarty, Morne Morkel, Ryan Patel, Liam Plunkett, Ollie Pope, Nico Reifer, Jason Roy, Jamie Smith, Mark Stoneman, James Taylor, Reece Topley, Amar Virdi
Surrey 2020 T20 Blast Fixtures
Friday 28th v Sussex (County Ground, Hove)
Sunday 30th v Essex (Kia Oval)
Tuesday 1st v Kent (Spitfire Ground, Canterbury)
Thursday 3rd v Hampshire (Kia Oval)
Saturday 5th v Middlesex (Kia Oval)
Friday 11th v Essex (County Ground, Chelmsford)
Monday 14th v Middlesex (Lord’s)
Wednesday 16th v Sussex (Kia Oval)
Friday 18th v Hampshire (Ageas Bowl, Southampton)
Sunday 20th v Kent (Kia Oval)