Tom Banton shines before rain ruins first T20

Tom Banton proclaimed himself on the international stage with a thrilling 71 off 42 balls before rain washed out England’s first Twenty20 against Pakistan cricket team at Emirates Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old Tom Banton became the youngest English player to score a T20 half-century as he hit four fours and five sixes against Pakistan.

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His departure was the first of four wickets to fall for 14 runs, shortly before rain interrupted with England 131-6 after 16.1 overs.

The play was discontinued at 21:00 BST, although better weather is forecast for the second T20 of the three-match series at the same ground on Sunday.

That game will be shown live on BBC One at 13:45, the return of live cricket to the BBC for the first time in 21 years.

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