Every month in the mag, we ask a selection of players, ex pros and pundits to give us their opinion on a topical question. For this latest issue, out on Friday June 15, we posed the question: Who will win the Friends Life t20? Here’s an extended version of what our experts said…
Phil Tufnell, England spinner turned TMS commentator
I think Somerset are due one, it’s about time they did. They’ve got every chance and it would be nice to see them break their hoodoo. Twenty20 is unpredictable and there’s always a surprise team that comes out of the woodwork, but that Somerset batting line-up – even without Chris Gayle – is exactly what you want for Twenty20.
Dean Wilson, Daily Mirror cricket correspondent
I’m going for Surrey. They’re so dominant in the CB40, and I think they will be too powerful for many teams. I also like the look of their bowling attack with out-and-out pace from Stuart Meaker, and good spin options.
Clare Connor, head of England Women’s Cricket
I’m going for Sussex Sharks. They’re coming into form at a good time, Luke Wright is a matchwinner in one-day cricket and he’s been on fire so far this season. Mike Yardy is a really good captain in limited overs cricket and a very effective Twenty20 bowler, and in Scott Styris as their overseas star they have a proven short format cricketer who’s done well wherever he’s gone.
Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan legend and Gloucestershire Gladiators’ overseas pro
Twenty20 cricket is about who is performing on the day, so it’s difficult to predict who will do well across the entire season. Somerset and Hampshire are good sides with lots of bowling options and powerful hitters. But one player can pretty much win a Twenty20 match on his own, especially with the bat, so I think it’ll come down to which teams’ batters hit form at the right time.
For exclusive interviews with Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook, check out All Out Cricket issue 93, out Friday June 15