Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and Jordan Thompson are all set to take part in the Abu Dhabi T10 League next month.

The trio will begin a busy winter of overseas leagues which follow on from the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia.

The latest edition of the T10 League will take place between November 23 and December 4, with the Yorkshire trio spread across three different teams.

Lyth will play for Northern Warriors, Rashid will play for Team Abu Dhabi, who are coached by ex-Yorkshire second-team coach Paul Farbrace and include half a dozen English players in their squad. World Cup trio Alex Hales, Tymal Mills and Phil Salt are amongst the others.

Thompson will be part of the New York Strikers squad, who are captained by Eoin Morgan.

That competition is taking place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, while at the same venue, which also has a couple of satellite grounds, England’s Test squad plus the Lions will be training and preparing for the Pakistan series.

Matthew Fisher has been named in the Lions squad who are in Abu Dhabi from November 6-27.

The Lions face the Test team in a three-day warm-up between November 23-25. Joe Root is in the Test squad, as is Harry Brook, who will travel straight to Abu Dhabi upon the conclusion of the World Cup Down Under.

Northern Diamonds’ head coach Courtney Winfield-Hill today links up with England’s Rugby League squad ahead of their World Cup campaign, which starts next week.

Winfield-Hill, the captain of the Leeds Rhinos women, will hope to get the nod to start the tournament opener against Brazil on home turf at Headingley on Tuesday (2.30pm).

Australian-born Winfield-Hill has been speaking about her call-up and hopes for the campaign ahead on www.northerndiamonds.co.uk.

She said: “The fact we have two games at Headingley, the other being against Papua New Guinea on November 9, was one of the biggest draw cards to put my hand up for selection, the incentive of a home World Cup.

“I say, ‘home World Cup’ and mean two games at Headingley. As a Rhinos player, that’s going to be awesome.

“We’re definitely confident of being successful.

“I think PNG will be the toughest of our pool games, and then if we get through to a semi-final we’re likely to play either Australia or New Zealand. That will be a big step up when it gets to semi-final time.

“It would be great if at some point we could play against Australia – my two favourite teams. But my loyalties lie with England, my own team and my own mates. My roots certainly won’t get in the way of me going hell for leather.”

Yorkshire’s men return to pre-season training on November 7 as preparations begin for the 2023 summer.

As usual, the squad will be shorn of a number of players who are otherwise engaged abroad, such as those aforementioned.

The initial focus will be on building fitness before cricket skills are introduced and ramped up either side of Christmas.

Jonny Bairstow is likely to be around Headingley more than he has in recent winters as the England wicketkeeper batter continues his recovery from a broken leg suffered whilst playing golf late last summer.

Bairstow has been ruled out of all cricket until at least the New Year and was a pundit on BT Sport’s coverage of the Australia v England T20 series ahead of the World Cup.

He was also recently the guest of honour at the Aire-Wharfe League’s annual dinner in the Howard Suite at Headingley.

He said: “I am seeing the surgeon this week so I will know more then, and I will rely on their expertise about bringing me back from injury.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board have this week confirmed two key appointments, both off the field and on it.

Richard Gould, the ex-Somerset and Surrey chief executive, has been appointed by the body to the same role and replaces Tom Harrison, who stepped down in June.

Former England women’s captain Clare Connor has filled in since Harrison’s departure on an interim basis, and she will continue to do so until Gould takes over in January.

The 52-year-old son of former Wales football manager Bobby will join the ECB from his current job as chief executive with Championship football club Bristol City.

Former England limited overs all-rounder Mike Yardy has also been appointed as the head coach of the England Young Lions, aka the Under 19s.

Yardy takes over the role vacated by ex-Yorkshire spinner and second-team coach Richard Dawson, who has joined Matthew Mott’s coaching staff for England’s senior white ball teams.

Yardy becomes part of England’s management and moves from his home county Sussex, where he was director of their Academy.

Lauren Winfield-Hill and the Melbourne Stars have reached a crucial juncture in their Big Bash campaign in Australia.

The Stars sit bottom of the eight-team table with three defeats and a No Result – one point – from four games and face a must win clash with arch rivals Melbourne Renegades in Ballarat tomorrow morning (4am UK).

The bottom two sides are separated by a point and while tomorrow represents the first of 10 remaining games, you have to suspect this is one the Stars realistically need to win if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the knockouts.

The top four go through, and they are five points behind fourth-placed Sydney Sixers, who have also played four.  But they are six points behind Perth Scorchers in third with two games in hand.

While the Stars are winless so far, they have been close to a victory or two, losing a couple of games by two wickets and nine runs.

Winfield-Hill has had an encouraging campaign so far, with scores of 74, 20 and nought. She didn’t bat in the last game, which was rained off against Sydney Thunder on Sunday.

Fellow Northern Diamond Bess Heath is back to being a reserve following the arrival of Jemimah Rodrigues as an overseas player.

Heath played the first two games, opened the batting with Winfield-Hill and posted scores of 21 and 37.

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