The Hundred 2022, men's match preview: Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix

Team news, key match-ups, TV and streaming information, weather forecast, odds, form rundown, start times, venue, squad lists and more

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What's the match?

Trent Rockets face Birmingham Phoenix in the fourth game of the men's Hundred in 2022.

When is it taking place?

The game is due to start at 2.30pm BST on Saturday, August 6.

Where is the match being played?

Trent Bridge is the venue, which means sixes galore. 

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Rashid Khan is back with Trent Rockets [Getty Images]

Who's got the form?

Like with all of the opening fixtures, this is a tricky one to call as both sides haven't played a competitive match in over a year.

The two teams had relatively successful tournaments last year, with Birmingham Phoenix topping the group, winning six matches and only suffering two defeats. Trent Rockets also made it to the knockout stage by finishing third, recording five wins and three losses, two of which were against their opponents

Despite the two teams looking strong in the early phases of the tournament, they failed to bring home the trophy. Both sides lost out to the Southern Brave, first Rockets in the eliminator and then Phoenix in the final.

Head to head, there is a clear winner. Phoenix cruised to victory when the teams first met, by reaching the target of 145 with 26 balls to spare. It was the same story in the reverse fixture, with the Rockets failing to reach 166 runs that Phoenix set in their 100 balls.

What's the team news?

Trent Rockets have reported a clean bill of health ahead of the start of the campaign.

Birmingham Phoenix had to make late call-ups to their squad after finding out Tom Abell (hamstring) and Olly Stone (finger) would miss the tournament.

Glamorgan quick Timm van der Gugten and Brett D'Oliveira have taken their places but it is unlikely either will feature in the opener. The big-hitters - Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali - are available. As are overseas pacer Adam Milne and leg-spinner Imran Tahir. 

What's the key match-up?

Scoring the most runs in last year's Hundred with 348, Liam Livingstone single-handedly propelled Birmingham Phoenix to the final. He smacked an incredible 27 sixes throughout the tournament, nearly double as many as Phoenix skipper Moeen Ali (15) who was next highest. Nobody in the world can hit a ball harder than he can at the moment, so expect fireworks from last year's MVP.

He will face some hard resistance though from Rockets' A-star bowling attack. Rashid Khan will want to put all his effort into this game as it might be his only appearance of the tournament. He has deceptive variations in his pace and has the ability to generate massive turn. This showed throughout last year's tournament, picking up 12 wickets along with fellow teammate Marchant de Lange.

The 31-year-old also picked up 12 scalps and became the first bowler to take a five-for, picking up a devastating 5-20 against Southern Brave. He regularly bowls at over 90mph, stands over two metres tall and rocks an iconic moustache.

Livingstone will know that his role in the team is pivotal if the Birmingham Phoenix are going to get off to a good start. Khan and de Lange will be fired up and fully aware that if they give him a freebie, it will be smashed out of the stadium.

Can I get tickets?

There are limited tickets available for this match.

The Hundred tickets can be found by visiting the tournament's ticket site, click here.

What's the weather forecast?

A dry afternoon is expected in Nottingham, with temperatures touching 21 Celsius before the start of play.

Check on the full Met Office forecast by clicking here.

What are the squads?

Trent Rockets: Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Colin Munro, Ian Cockbain, Luke Fletcher, Matt Carter, Sam Cook, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Joe Root, Luke Wood, Daniel Sams, Ben Mike

Birmingham Phoenix: Matthew Wade, Kane Richardson, Timm van der Gugten, Brett D'Oliveira, Moeen Ali, Chris Benjamin, Henry Brookes, Miles Hammond, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone, Adam Milne, Will Smeed, Chris Woakes, Graeme van Buuren, Imran Tahir, Tom Helm, Dan Mousley

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Liam Livingstone was the star batter in the men's Hundred in 2021 [Getty Images]

What are the possible starting XIs?

Trent Rockets: Colin Munro, Alex Hales, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, Lewis Gregory, Steven Mullaney, Daniel Sams, Luke Wood

Birmingham Phoenix: Matthew Wade, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Benjamin, Dan Mousley, Graeme van Buuren, Benny Howell, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Imran Tahir

What are the odds?

The bookies can barely separate these two sides. Rockets are a best-price 19/20, with Phoenix available at 11/12.

The latest Oddschecker summary of The Hundred can be found by clicking here.

What's the prediction?

Birmingham Phoenix have not had the easiest buildup, having to deal with various drop-outs and injuries over recent weeks. They have a tremendous top order, which is capable of taking a game away from the opposition early. If that fails to fire, though, Rockets appear to have the greater batting depth. Home win. 

Where can I watch the game?

Sky Sports has live coverage of the match on their dedicated cricket channel (Sky 404, Virgin 504).

Now TV offer daily access to Sky Sports for £11.99 or monthly access for £33.99.

BBC Two will also carry the match. 

On radio, Test Match Special will have ball-by-ball commentary on 5Live Sports Extra.

The Cricketer will have text commentary of the game as well as post-match analysis and reaction. 

Visit The Cricketer's Hundred Hub for the latest news, team guides, competition information, squad listings and analysis.

Where can I watch the competition elsewhere in the world?

North America - Willow tv

Caribbean - ESPN

Sub-Saharan Africa - SuperSport

MENA - beIN Sports

Australia - Fox

New Zealand - Spark

Indian Subcontinent - FanCode


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