And there’s serious question marks over India’s long tail.
Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in doubt for the series after he aggravated a lower back injury during the third ODI against England, while fellow seamer Jasprit Bumrah was named but will only be available from the second Test in Southampton.
Stokes was charged by prosecutors back in January following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year.
This season’s edition will be the biggest in the competition’s history as it extends to a 59 match, full home-and-away schedule.
The newest Fox Sports commentator said playing less cricket may not be the right call for injured fast bowlers, including Australian star trio Josh Hazlewood (back), Mitchell Starc (leg) and Pat Cummins (back).
This season sees the Sydney Sixers looking to win a third straight title, while the six teams outside of New South Wales attempt to end the state’s stranglehold on the competition.
20 years after Didier Deschamps captained France to a World Cup glory, he’s traded in his boots for brogues and will coach France on the biggest stage in football.
Smith and Warner were banned from national duty and playing professionally in Australia for 12 months by Cricket Australia in March.
Despite a first up loss to England there is a growing confidence among a unit who found success as a T20 outfit and Glenn Maxwell says they are hugely confident of taking down the home team.
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