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— 4 December 2020

Dawid Malan has a new nickname after his record-breaking feats in South Africa.

  • The Yorkshire batsman clinched the man-of-the-series award in England’s 3-0 T20 win against the Proteas, scoring 19, 55 and 99 not out.

    He cemented his place at the top of the ICC’s T20 batting rankings, with his points tally of 915 – the method the governing body use to rank teams and players across all formats – the highest ever achieved in 20-over cricket.

    The highest ever marks achieved by batsmen in Test and ODI cricket went to Sirs Donald Bradman and Vivian Richards respectively.

    In Wednesday’s win at Newlands in Cape Town, Malan’s unbeaten 99 was his 10th score of 50 or more in international T20 cricket, coming in his 19th innings.

    The previous fastest to that mark was Chris Gayle, who reached 10 50 plus scores in 25 innings.

    Malan’s England team-mate Mark Wood revealed: “Chris Gayle calls himself the Universe Boss, so we’ve started calling Mala the Milky Way Boss!”

    Jonny Bairstow has withdrawn from his forthcoming Big Bash stint with Melbourne Stars and is on the verge of an England Test recall.

  • Bairstow was due, alongside Dawid Malan, for his first taste of Australia’s domestic T20 league having signed on to play for the MCG based Stars.

    But, while Malan has jetted off Down Under to join Hobart Hurricanes, Bairstow will return home to England after the three-match ODI series in South Africa, which started today, and begin preparations for a New Year tour to Sri Lanka.

    A two-Test series in Sri Lanka is set to be confirmed imminently by the ECB, a replica of the series aborted in March due to Coronavirus.

    Bairstow wasn’t actually on that tour, cut short during a warm-up game, but all indications point to him being on this one.

    The Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman will not have played a Test Match in the calendar year of 2020, but he returns to a country where he scored a brilliant 110 in a Colombo Test in November 2018.

    On that occasion, he batted at number three in the order. Unfortunately, though, that was the last of his six Test centuries to date.

    Bairstow has been replaced by West Indian batsman Andre Fletcher as an overseas player with Glenn Maxwell’s Melbourne Stars. The Big Bash starts next Thursday and is televised on BT Sport.

    Former England fast bowler Graham Onions has been speaking about his recent appointment as a consultant coach at Scarborough College.

    Onions was forced to call time on a stellar playing career with England, Durham and Lancashire during the most recent summer due to a back injury.

    And the 38-year-old, the taker of 723 first-class wickets, the holder of nine England Test caps and the winner of three County Championship titles with Durham, is now keen on a coaching career.

    That was something he started in earnest having moved from Durham to Lancashire in 2017, working with the Red Rose age-groups and Academy. He is continuing to do that this winter.

    But Onions is combining his duties at Emirates Old Trafford with work for two days a week at Scarborough College’s Cricket Centre of Excellence.

    “Coaching is a massive passion of mine,” he told the Yorkshire Post. “I love helping the youngsters at Scarborough, I love working with Lancashire, and I just want to kick on and see where it takes me.”

    Onions not only loved playing at North Marine Road during his career, he also enjoyed playing against Yorkshire, a county he took 69 first-class wickets against.

    Onions took more first-class wickets against Yorkshire than any other opponent aside from Nottinghamshire, against whom he struck 70 times.

    “Obviously, having played for Lancashire recently, I know the rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire is ridiculous,” he said.

    “But at Durham, too, we very much treated those games against Yorkshire as our derbies, our rivalry.

    “Playing against people like Richard Pyrah and Andrew Gale, Alex Lees and Adam Lyth, all those lads… I grew up playing against those lads and it was like, ‘Right, now I’m going to prove that I’m good enough to get them out and challenge them all the time.’

    “It was always really tough cricket against Yorkshire, which is what it’s all about, and I absolutely loved the battle, loved the challenge.”

    Duanne Olivier’s Jaffna Stallions have made the perfect start to their Lanka Premier League campaign in Sri Lanka, winning four games from four.

  • Halfway through the inaugural LPL group campaign, a competition televised by Sky Sports, the Stallions are firmly on course for the semi-finals (December 13 and 14).

    And Yorkshire quick Olivier has certainly contributed to the success of a side including Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Moores.

    The South African has taken six wickets in four games, including a best of 4-44 in the opening game of the tournament against Galle Gladiators.

    Olivier’s third of four appearances in the tournament was also his 50th career game in that format.

    The Stallions play their fifth game against Colombo Kings today (2.30pm UK).

    Yorkshire Post cricket correspondent Chris Waters has written his third book, to be published next week – The Men Who Raised The Bar.

    Waters, who follows Yorkshire’s fortunes at home and away, won national awards for both of his previous books, Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography and 10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the Story of Cricket’s Greatest Bowling Feat.

    His latest title is centred around the evolution of Test Match Cricket’s highest individual batting score.

    Published by Wisden/Bloomsbury, the book will be released next Thursday (December 10).

    Summarising the book on their website, Bloomsbury say: “Few sporting records capture the imagination quite like that of the highest individual score in Test cricket. It is the blue riband record of batting achievement, the ultimate statement of stamina and skill.

    “From Charles Bannerman, who scored 165 for Australia against England in the inaugural Test match in 1877, to Brian Lara, who made 400 not out for West Indies against England in 2004, the record has changed hands 10 times.

    “Chris Waters’ The Men Who Raised the Bar charts the growth of the record through nearly one hundred and fifty years of Test cricket.

    “It is a journey that takes in a legendary line of famous names including Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Leonard Hutton, Sir Garfield Sobers and Walter Hammond, along with less heralded players whose stories are brought back into the light.

    “Drawing on the reflections of the record-holders, Waters profiles the men who raised the bar and their historic performances.”

    Kane Williamson last night completed a stunning career best 251 as New Zealand took command of the opening Test against West Indies in Hamilton.

  • Williamson’s third Test double century – two have now come at his home ground, Seddon Park – underpinned the Kiwis’ 519-7 declared on day two.

    Captain Williamson, who played 55 matches across all formats as a Yorkshire overseas player between 2013 and 2018, now averages a staggering 142.14 in his last 10 Tests in Hamilton.

    This was the 22nd time he has gone beyond 100 in Test cricket.

    Starting day two on 97, he quickly moved beyond 200 and became only the eighth New Zealander to hit 250 in Test cricket.

    The pitch, expected to be seamer friendly before the start of the game, has also allowed the West Indies to reach 49-0 in their first-innings reply.

    The sides are playing out a two-match series.