A whole host of English players, ranging from household names to uncapped future prospects, have been given the opportunity to take part in the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, which begins on January 28. Here is a list of those due to take part in the competition:
Sam Billings – Pune Devils
Having always showed glimpses of his innovative talent, Billings had never quite set the international stage alight until 2020. His dignified white-ball summer for England included his maiden international century against Australia, and the wicketkeeper-batsman will be looking to bring that form into his third consecutive season at the T10 League, having previously captained Bengal Tigers in 2018.
Tom Moores – Bangla Tigers
Not quite a household name outside of the county circuit just yet, the 24-year old wicketkeeper batsman has developed under his father and former England coach Peter Moores at Notts, establishing himself behind the stumps in both red- and white-ball cricket.
Adam Hose – Bangla Tigers
Hose is another uncapped English batsman who will work under former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace at Bangla Tigers. Those within the county circuit are well aware of his explosive talent, which came to the forefront in this year’s T20 Blast: the 28-year-old blasted 119 off 64 for Birmingham Bears against Northants to rescue his side from 20-4 to a final total of 191-5.
Samit Patel – Qalandars
Patel is nothing short of a T20 veteran. While the dynamic all-rounder has not played internationally since 2015, he has 245 wickets and more than 5,000 runs in the format, having established himself as a franchise globetrotter. At 36, he is the oldest English player on this list and will be coming into the competition off the back of a Lanka Premier League campaign for Dambulla Viiking, his seven wickets collected at an average 29.85 and 189 runs hit at 21.
Tom Banton – Qalandars
Arguably one of the world’s most exciting white ball-prospects, Banton has both IPL and BBL experience under his belt at the age of 22. His breakout year in 2019 saw him finish as the T20 Blast’s second-highest run-scorer, with 549 runs at 42.23 and a strike rate of 161.47. He brought this form into the 2019 T10 competition, scoring 164 runs whilst striking at 200, which included a blistering 80 off 28 against Karnataka Tuskers. If he can replicate this form, he will be one of the deadliest batsmen in the entire competition.
Chris Jordan – Qalandars
Jordan recently became England’s all-time leading wicket taker in men’s T20Is, surpassing Stuart Broad’s 65 wickets. He has played in a multitude of franchise leagues across the world, including all seasons of the T10 League since its inauguration in 2017.
Phil Salt – Qalandars
Salt is a batsman who can consider himself hugely unlucky not to have played international cricket yet. The 24-year old Sussex batsman has been on the fringes of the England set-up of late and blasted a 58-ball century against Ireland for the Lions back in July. In the 2019 T10 season, he amassed 164 runs at 27, with a strike rate of 178.26.
Laurie Evans – Maratha Arabians
Another one of the many explosive batsmen victim to England’s exceptional white-ball depth. Evans was in England’s white-ball bio-bubble at the start of the 2020 summer but an opportunity to showcase his talent never arose. This year he joins the defending champions, and comes into the tournament in flying form having finishing as the second-highest run-scorer in the Lanka Premier League with 289 runs at 57.80 and a strike rate of 170.
Luke Wright – Team Abu Dhabi
The 35-year old batsman has not played international cricket since 2014, but no other Englishman has as many as his 7,998 T20 runs. He had an impressive Blast campaign with Sussex in 2020, striking 411 runs at an average of 37.36 and strike rate of 137.
Ben Cox – Team Abu Dhabi
Worcestershire’s Cox is one of the finest gloveman on the county circuit and is best known for his work at Finals Day in the 2018 Blast: Cox followed up an unbeaten 55 in the semi-final with a 46 not out in the final to be named Player of the Match on both occasions.
Alex Hales – Team Abu Dhabi
A player that needs no introduction, Hales has been outside the England set-up since he was removed from their 2019 World Cup squad. Nonetheless, he is still renowned as one of the best limited-overs batsmen in world cricket and previously held the record for the T10 League’s highest score, striking an unbeaten 87 for the Maratha Arabians in 2018.
Adam Lyth – Delhi Bulls
Lyth played a handful of Test matches for England with limited success in 2015 but has impressed against the white ball in recent years. On the domestic front, the Yorkshire batsman holds the record for the highest-ever individual score in the T20 Blast: a staggering 161 off 73 against Northants, consisting of 20 fours and seven sixes. He is no novice to T10 either, having scored 165 runs with a hefty strike rate of 185.39 in the 2019 edition of the tournament.