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In Case You Missed it: The challenges of the FTP, the second coming of the Hundred

Our best content from the week gone by

Fireworks greeted the start of the Hundred season, Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire, Men's Hundred, August 3, 2022

Come for the game, stay for the fireworks: the pyros outdid the cricket in the first game of the Hundred's second season  •  ECB/Getty Images

As if there wasn't enough cricket already, the second edition of The Hundred just kicked off with a bang, literally, as the pyrotechnics dazzled, but the opening game not so much. At the Commonwealth Games, England and India, and Australia and New Zealand will face off in the semi-finals. India's men's team will look to extend their 2-1 lead in the T20I series against West Indies as the action moves to Florida for the last two games. Here's a round-up of the top stories and features of the week.
Last summer, it was all fun and frolic - now comes the real test for the Hundred
Vithushan Ehahtharajah says the ECB's marquee competition needs to achieve cut-through with the public while maintaining a veneer of progress. Not quite up to date on the ins and outs of 100-ball cricket? Alan Gardner has a ready reckoner on what's different and what stays the same. What are the lessons learned from the first season? Matt Roller's list has par scores, home advantage and more. And how do the teams shape up? Here's a team-by-team preview.
ICC: 'The volume of ODIs and T20Is in the calendar is very much up to every member'
The chief executive, Geoff Allardice, and general manager of cricket, Wasim Khan, of the ICC spoke to Nagraj Gollapudi and Osman Samiuddin about the next Future Tours Programme cycle and its many challenges. That's all very nice, says Andrew Fidel Fernando in this month's Briefing, but who's going to advocate for the middle child of cricket, ODIs, which no one seems to love anymore? Ian Chappell takes a more serious view of things, and says a debate on the future of cricket is long overdue.
Sunil Narine: 'My mindset is how to not concede runs rather than thinking about wickets foremost'
The usually reticent West Indies offspinner spoke to Santokie Nagulendran about his start-stop career, his blockbuster IPL seasons, and having to rebuild from scratch after repeatedly getting his action reported
Age-defying James Anderson still fabulous at 40
Never mind the fab four, England's warhorse Jimmy Anderson is still on the front lines of cricket at 40. S Rajesh looks at how incredibly well he has aged as a bowler. How well do you know Anderson's long career? Take our quiz and find out.
England's summer slump leaves T20 World Cup planning in a mess
They came a cropper against India and South Africa in T20Is, and their issues with batting and bowling were exposed by the string of defeats.With the T20 World Cup looming, where does it leave the side in their prep? For South Africa on the other hand, the performances of Reeza Hendricks, Tristan Stubbs, Lungi Ngidi and others make the World Cup squad selectors' job a happy headache .
What is the record for the most sixes in a T20I innings?
Spoiler: It's not the 20 sixes England hit in the first T20I against South Africa. Ask Steven has the answer to that and more.
Which player left the game at 23 and went on to become a commercial pilot?
And which Indian cricketer was forced to retire after getting hit on the head by a Charlie Griffith bouncer? Take our quiz on players who retired early from the game.