2021 County Championship: live score updates from day one of the cricket season – and in England


AAnd when asked how he would compare the teams of yesterday and today, the 47-year-old said: “What I would ask of this team is to show the same dynamism and the same determination. that this team at the time, and I think they will., I really do.

“On paper, before the start of the season, if you look back at what this team was meant to be, I would say this one is stronger. What this team turned into was a machine. In August, it was very difficult and I got used to winning, there is no point in comparing the two.

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“Everyone here is hungry for success and is desperate to get started.”

The new format sees the top two from each group advance to the Premier League for the second phase, with the team going on to top these crowned champions and then playing the second team in a Bob Willis Trophy final.

Lancashire, who will be captain again by Dane Vilas this season after the South African is re-registered as a foreign player, also have Australia’s Jackson Bird in their squad.

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The rhythm pitcher will be available for six redball games starting in the game against Kent which starts on April 22.

Asked about another player who will not be involved against Sussex, James Anderson, Chapple said: “He is currently scheduled for three of the first seven games, and we are liaising with England on everything related to Jimmy.

“We have to make sure he’s treated in the best way to get the most out of him when it comes to England. But the only thing we get from Jimmy is when he plays for us, he s ‘commits everything to help us.

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“We are not yet 100% sure which games he will play, but we hope it should last three games.”

By Phil Medlicott, PA



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