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@205 Would be good to see Trott decide it was time to try opening the batting his dour style is more suited to opening than No.3
kingfootballexpert4eva @ 5 & 22Cricket is a tactical, cerebral game. As such, it's hardly surprising that you don't understand it. Stick to your Ant and Dec and leave cricket to the proper sports fans
Jonny Bairstow must play in the next test. He top-scored in the 1st inns at Lords and contributed mightily at Headingley. What message would the selectors be sending if they dropped him for the 4th time in 8 tests?So who's to be dropped if KP returns? As they won't leave out Bell for good reasons, it has to be Compton
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psssh everybody worrying lol. told you yesterday it would be alright:P
@212 Without his fielding it is certain that Jonty would not have had as distinguished a career as he did. Probably more important a factor in one day, but our slip catching was effected for a time when Collingwood and Strauss retired. Fortunately Cook seems to have stepped up in that regard and Trott and Swann are both looking like fine slippers. Anderson can do a job as well if needs be.
@211 Bjorntorekvarme-leg-endWell I remember they used to say Jonty Rhodes would save you 10 runs an innings with his fielding so I suppose it's all part of the package.
@209 One thing in Bell's favour, highlighted by the last wicket, is that he is a very good close in catcher off Swann's bowling. Not sure how much such things like that should be a consideration but I'm certain that Swann will play a major role in the ashes and it is little things like that, that might help swing selection in Bell's favour.
@208 Rouges23Southee is a good bowler with a promising future, wouldn't disagree with you there. In terms of Test match experience if we were playing South Africa, Pakistan or Australia I would agree but New Zealand are not in the same league. Also as I said it's 6 weeks until the Ashes start.I'd still hope that we would declare before getting a lead of 468!
@203 Bjorntorekvarme-leg-endThat is a valid concern but I still think Bell has had long enough without showing signs of finding form again. If KP isn't fit then he would stay by default but otherwise I would persist with Bairstow.@206 Rene ArtoisI agree that Root will be a long term opening partner for Cook. If necessary i'm sure he could move up the order but I wouldn't push it.
@ BaggiosPonytail There is no comparison for Test "experience" and I think you've underestimated Southee's (24 yrs BTW) 10 wkt achievement at Lords. Outstanding with a bright future.- You're telling me that you'd have the same opinion if we did this Vs the Aussies in the last test match 1-0 up? Don't make me laugh...
England have played very well this test match and deserve to win it. To me that does make it that bit more frustrating they weren't a bit more agressive in their tactics in order to guarantee the win. As it is I think it looks likely they will have the necessary time to win in any case so then whose to complain ....?
@204If not root, and not compton to open, then who?I'd go for Root. He's an opener, with pleanty of experience against the new ball. He'll open 100+ times for eng. He's got to start somewhere. We cant stick with Compton, so its either root, or bring in another new face, but I cant see this as a step forwards though, knowing Root will open with Cook for the next ten years.
@204 I wouldn't want to as such, it's just that Compton is looking all at sea at the moment and I am not sure what other viable options there are. Would be hard for a player new to tests to slot straight in to an ashes series as an opener - time for Rob Key ;-). Interestingly I have just heard that Root has twice been dismissed by the first ball of the second new ball this series.
No way would i open with Root just yet,why would you hes playing great lower down the order why pile a load more pressure on a young player by making him open and face the new ballThat said Compton looks wracked with nerves and i don't think he should play in ashes
@201 I wouldn't drop Bell. I agree at times he flatters to deceive but if we were to drop him then we would have a very inexperience top six. I would go with:CookCompton (although I have reservations)TrottKP if fitBell RootI'd be tempted to drop Compton and move Root to open with Bairstow coming in at six. If KP isn't fit I'd go:CookComptonTrottRootBellBairstow.
More rain...Another problem taking the game into a rain-affected last day is the ball will be damp and impossible to shine. Fortunately NZ don't seem to have a captain or tailenders who can bat defensively for hours.
@200 Bjorntorekvarme-leg-endIt's all about a healthy balance in my opinion. Players need to be given a run in the side. I would keep Compton in for the Ashes. At the moment if KP is fit I would probably drop Bell. In my opinion he has been given long enough and hasn't performed when it matters in the last couple of years. Root has been a breath of fresh air and we need to give others a chance.
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