Main Men: Notts Outlaws
The Outlaws head to Liverpool with a team full of international experience and some of England's brightest young talent
Lancashire will be looking for their third win of this year’s Vitality Blast as they take on Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Liverpool CC on Wednesday.
Notts are also without a defeat so far this campaign, with two wins and one match abandoned without a ball bowled.
After finishing second in the North group last year, before reaching the semi-finals, the Outlaws are again one of the strongest team in the competition.
When the pair met at Emirates Old Trafford last year, it was Lightning who came out on top in the tight fixture thanks to some heroics with the bat and in the field from Glenn Maxwell.
Ahead of Wednesday’s game, we take a closer look at just the three men for Nottinghamshire who could cause a threat.
It goes without saying that Alex Hales is a key part of Nottinghamshire’s batting line-up.
Since making his debut in 2008, the former MCC Young Cricketer has impressed on both a domestic and international level.
The 31-year-old top scored for the Outlaws in the 2019 Vitality Blast, smashing 418 runs throughout the course of the campaign.
His highest score was 83 in the quarter-final tie against Middlesex, one of five half centuries he reached.
Hales is no stranger to the game’s shortest format and became the first England player to hit a T20 Century in 2014, making 116 against Sri Lanka.
The former ICC number one ranked T20 batsman has experience from both international matches and featuring in competitions around the world.
His England debut came in 2011, whilst he has also made appearances in Australia’s Big Bash and was more recently part of the side who won the 2019 Caribbean Premier League.
With over 12,000 runs in all three formats for Nottinghamshire, Hales is a dangerous part of Notts’ opening partnership.
Twenty-four-year-old, Matthew Carter, enjoyed an excellent debut Vitality Blast season.
The bowler took 14 wickets in 11 T20 games for Nottinghamshire last year.
With an average of 19.78 and a lowly economy rate of 6.59, Carter is a key part of the Outlaws squad.
To make his strong figures even more impressive, 45% of his overs bowled were during the powerplay.
Despite a narrow one-run defeat in the Vitality Blast semi-final last year, Carter put a strong performance in on the big stage, taking a three-wicket haul.
His form last year led to the club handing him a new contract, which will keep him at Trent Bridge until 2021.
Since joining Nottinghamshire last year, Joe Clarke has been a strong presence at the Club and is still one of England's brightest prospect.
The batsman, who previously represented Worcestershire, enjoyed a good debut campaign.
Throughout the 2019 Vitality Blast, the 24-year-old hit 248 runs in 11 games, with an average of 27.56.
His previous highest score in a T20 game came last year against Birmingham Bears, whom he scored 50 against in a 71-run victory, and he also matched that total later on in the season, in a much tighter three-run win over Yorkshire.
He usurped that with a century in the first completed game of the season, though, with a maiden century against Durham at Emirates Riverside, where he brought up victory with a towering six.
Clarke also has experience of success in the game’s shortest format, having been part of the Rapids’ team that won the competition in 2018.
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