Flintoff return causes a stir

Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff has confirmed he is returning to cricket with Lancashire Lightning in the NatWest T20 Blast. Here’s some reaction to the all-rounder’s comeback. 

Gambhir recalled for England Test tour

Gautam Gambhir is back in the Test reckoning for India, against England this summer, for the first time since a home series defeat against the same opponents almost 18 months ago.

Gambhir is included in an 18-man squad, announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India via its official Twitter feed, for the five-Test tour of England which starts in July.

While the opening batsman is an eye-catching inclusion, veteran left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan is the most notable omission – having previously toured England on three occasions.

Finch wants to be Yorkshire hero

By Matt Somerford

Aaron Finch wants to follow his Australia coach Darren Lehmann and cement his name in Yorkshire folklore.

The destructive opening batsman, who is the number one ranked Twenty20 batsman in the world, arrived in the White Rose county this week and has immediately set his sight on making his mark.

The 27-year-old is set to make his NatWest T20 Blast debut against Derbyshire Falcons on Friday night, and has been enthused about the move after speaking to Lehmann – who established himself as a legend in Yorkshire during his 10 years of service.

Vince smacks up a storm

Hampshire piled on the runs to set a new total record for the fledgling NatWest T20 Blast season as they beat Middlesex by 47 runs at Merchant Taylors’ School Ground, Northwood.

In-form skipper James Vince spearheaded Hampshire’s impressive effort with the bat as they ended on 198 for two, one run ahead of Leicestershire’s score against Derbyshire on the opening night, to blow Middlesex away.

The 23-year-old added to his rising stock with a blistering 68, which included 10 fours and two sixes, from 38 balls.

Porterfield raring to go

By Matthew Sherry

The newly-named Birmingham Bears cannot wait to get their NatWest T20 Blast campaign off and running, according to Will Porterfield.

Porterfield et al did not feature last weekend as the curtain was raised on the new domestic Twenty20 competition.

The Ireland skipper, therefore, reports a side desperate to get under way against Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston tonight.

He told ecb.co.uk: “We have been waiting for a while; a few games have been and gone. It’s nice to be finally ready to go.