Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men taking place? Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men will take place on Sunday 1st August, 2021 at 14:30 (UK)

Where is Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men taking place? Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men will take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham

What is the expected weather for Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men? 17-18c with sunny intervals and light winds

Where can I get tickets for Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men? Click here for the latest ticket information for Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men

What TV channel is Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men on in the UK? Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men will be televised live on Sky Sports. Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men will also be televised live on BBC platforms

Where can I stream Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men live via Sky Go. Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Trent Rockets Men can also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

BIRMINGHAM PHOENIX MEN

  • Birmingham Phoenix suffered a second successive loss in the Hundred this past Friday, after failing to defend a total of 151/3 and being edged out by Southern Brave with just three balls to spare.
  • An unbroken partnership of 104 runs between all-rounder Liam Livingstone (68) and batter Miles Hammond (44) propelled the Phoenix to their total, however the erratic nature of Birmingham’s bowling ended up costing them dearly having conceded 11 wides and 2 no balls.
  • This match is likely to come too soon for Somerset captain and top order batter Tom Abell, who has yet to feature in the men’s Hundred due to a hamstring injury, whilst Worcestershire Rapids bowler Pat Brown could be called into the side to provide some much-needed control after their performance in Southampton.

TRENT ROCKETS MEN

  • Trent Rockets continue to lift off at an alarmingly impressive rate, having made it four wins from four last time out vs London Spirit at Lord’s, accumulating 123/4 from their 100 balls before defending it with seven runs to spare, restricting the Spirit to just 116/8.
  • Once again, it was the brilliance of the Rockets’ spin-bowling trio that did the damage, with Rashid Khan, Matthew Carter and Samit Patel taking all eight wickets between them.
  • Fast bowler Timm van der Gugten was selected as Joe Root’s replacement, but wasn’t afforded a single set of five balls vs London Spirit with the Lord’s pitch clearly suited for spin and van der Gugten will be hoping for a chance to show what he can do at Edgbaston, although the big hitting Luke Wright may feature instead should Trent Rockets opt for an extra batter in their team.

THE PREDICTION

Whilst Birmingham Phoenix do head into this encounter under pressure, their captain Moeen Ali is a cool customer and his team won’t be panicking. A large partisan Edgbaston crowd will no doubt play their part here and whilst the unbeaten Trent Rockets will understandably be favourites, it’s worth remembering that Moeen’s men have won their only contest so far on home turf. A pitch will no doubt be prepared in a way that suits the requirements of the Phoenix and with the explosive Livingstone having shown signs of replicating his recent international form in their last match, he may play a key role for the home side with the bat. It’s only a matter of time before the Birmingham Phoenix top order fires in a big way and it would be no surprise if it comes on their own ground. Providing the bowlers play their part by cutting out the wides and no balls, then the hosts are more than capable of subjecting Trent Rockets to their first defeat of the tournament.

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