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Before everyone gets too petulant about this, not only are England out, but so too are India and SA, and Australia are only through by the skin of their teeth! Easily the best teams in this competition have been Sri Lanka and, particularly in these conditions, the hugely talented Pakistan. I'm backing the latter to win - to trash Australia using only spin was audacious - and they love the game so!
Anyone else think that Broad was lucky to be in the side?Why was he made captain, particularly when you consider how injury-prone he has been? Swann would have been the correct choice to follow Collingwood. The extra responsibility may have encouraged a more mature approach from him too... When he underperforms like this, Broad's unsavoury and petulant antics annoy me even more.
No Cook, Bell, Trott, Peterson! and why take Lumb with his IPL experience and not play him. Why play Briggs, the best T20 spinner, only once. Cook should be captain in all forms of the game. Early test series should be postponed till after IPL and tourists should start with T20 and one dayers (better with ur climate anyway) with 8 tests in June - August
Bowlers choice is also to blame, economy been more important in T20 than wickets.Swann, Finn Broad and Bopara did their job properly. But Patel's economy rate was 13.5 and Dernbach's 10.5. If they had done better England would have probably won.
World champions with KP not in top four without, well deserved exit
I doubt if they will change many or any after they've given out central and incremental contracts to players. Prior is off to the BigBash, someone must feel he has something to offer?
prior doesn't blaze the ball at more than a run a ball in tests, he feeds on the ball just outside off stump, where the bowlers usually have been targeting for the whole innings. For ODI's he tries to raise his scoring rate to 150, but he's not got all the shots to do that. He has done no better or worse than anyone else who has been tried. Steven davies I think has had the most success
There are two years before the next WC in Bangladesh enough time to see who has learnt from this experience and establish the core of the team and see if Broad can improve as T20 capt. This means overlooking some senior players or giving them the job of bringing on the new talent then so be it in this fast food cricket format. Even KP may not be around for the next WC.
Prior bats 3 for Sussex and does well, he could easily bat at 3 in the 20/20 for England. Would also make a very good vice captain and help the bowlers with field placings/angles etc.Bopara I think was picked as much for his bowling as batting, he was down at 7 on the original scorecard and his slow medium would suit those wickets. How else can you explan such a crazy selection?
He could be as bad as the other two and his keeping is far more superior
#204 I think he hasn't been helped by often coming in at the top of the order, because of the obsession (since Gilchrist) with having a w/k opening. I'd be happy with him coming in down the order and whacking the ball around late in the innings.
From reading a few comments here, it appears that a lot of people think England's player of the tournament was Matt Prior.I'm a Sussex fan and an even bigger Prior fan but he has never been able to perform in international limited overs cricket. That's a fact and its completely counter-intuitive when you consider his great counter attacking performances in tests.
Flower said on interview they missed KP but unavailable for selection, what about Prior Bell Onions etc. You can't have young guns going all out for 4's & 6's every ball! There should be a mix of proven experience and young talent. Some of these guys will go away and have learn't nothing from this and will be the poorer for it
#201 Yeah, we made the best starts of anyone in 2010, which was a surprise for an England team, and the bowling was pretty tight. Sidebottom's slow bouncers come to mind. The way we chopped and changed our team this time round brought back painful memories. Thought we'd moved beyond the strategy of, "let's try this guy..no, this guy..back to the 1st guy...errrmm...try Bopara again"
The main reason England won in the Caribbean is the aggressive starts, I think the stat was every game they managed 50-0 or 1 wicket in 6 overs. During this tournament it was more common to be 3 down for 30. But the bowling conceded too many runs, all we heard from Broad was how happy he was they were restricting teams to 170......170! That's not a restricted total, on any pitch
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