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Matt Parkinson makes England ODI debut

Matt Parkinson makes England ODI debut

The leg-spinner became cap number 256 in the first One-Day International against South Africa in Cape Town

Matt Parkinson made his England One-Day International debut in the series opening defeat to South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.

The 23-year-old was handed his cap before the match by ex-England spinner Gareth Batty, becoming the 256th player to represent the Three Lions in 50-over cricket.

He was one of two debutants in the game, the other being Somerset batsman Tom Banton - who was also handed his IT20 cap on the same day as Parkinson against New Zealand in November.

'Parky' finished with figures of 0/48 from 8.4 overs, bowling with impressive control and guile as South Africa eased home, chasing 259 to win with more than two overs to spare. 

England were indebted to the batting efforts of Joe Denly (87) and Chris Woakes (40) in making 258/8 after being 131/6 in the 28th over.

But a partnership of 173 between new captain Quinton de Kock (107) and Temba Bavuma (98) put the hosts in full command and they completed a straightforward chase with few problems.

The second game of the three match series takes place in Durban on Friday, with the final match in Johannesburg on Sunday.


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Tickets are now on general sale for England's Specsavers Test match against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford between Thursday 7 to Monday 11 August.


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