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Very good game for England @ Brighton. The 'wrong' Aussies in the runs on an apparently batsman-friendly pitch Cowan, Smith, Hughes; while those who needed big runs - Khawaja and Wade - missed out. The Montster returned very decent figures. Oz bowling struggled with H-B's onslaught and a composed ton from KP's stand-in. England extended squad sailing along, Oz squad still look all at sea.
Compton will likely only get opportunities due to injuries and the like, its unfortunate for him but he isn't part of England's long term future. He needed to make a claim for an international place five years ago, he probably needs to accept that he has missed his chance to make his mark at the top of the game.
I'm a big KP fan & haven't been particularly keen on Taylor until yesterday and especially today. Given a specific mandate to score heavily against the Aussies - he's done just that. Ok 2nd string Aussies yes, but bowlers who are eager for recalls / call-ups. Tell KP to rest-up and fully recover from his injury & give Taylor the chance that I now feel he thoroughly deserves.
Joe Root was always going to open, it was just a matter of giving him time to acclimatise to Test cricket. Compton did well in India, NZ wickets were a farce, NZ here was his last chance to delay Joe's rightful rise.Root, Taylor and Bairstow is exciting and with Belly firing and Prior to follow, England finally look possible of attacking.Can almost believe 5-0.
Compton has been unlucky, not hard done by. His problem is that he is too old to give the longevity new players must have. His only hope would have been stunning consistent success as an opener - which didn't materialise. Now his chance has gone to Root. Any middle order candidate has to be young enough to be a long-term replacement for Pietersen, who is nearing the end in Tests.
@Guitarman128Compton could bat anywhere. Besides, the way our last few innings have gone even our number 5 is coming in ridiculously early - having experience as an opener isn't going to hurt!I still wouldn't pick him ahead of any of the batsmen in the squad though
I don't imagine for a moment Compton is out of the picture. We now have a highly competitive squad of some quality and the more genuine candidates we have so much the better. My only word of caution to Compton would be, when the selection goes against you, keep quiet, and get on with the task of winning the place back. Anyway, my bet is for Pietersen to be fit.
Compton's last matches probably led to his demise, moaning wont have helped either. Flower clearly has his reservations - its a harsh business. As below, he may only return for Cook or Root, an unlikely scenario given the state of things. Good to see Tremlett back fit and firing, his control has been missed. As for Monty, possibly a little lucky - better alternatives plus Root can fill in.
Regardless of who is chosen aren't we missing the enjoyable aspect of this? It's only few years ago that we were arguing over who was the best of a bad bunch, now we are arguing over who is the best of a good bunch. None of those being touted for a place would be out of their depth in a test side, and there are many more highly-promising young players in the county pipeline.
Guitarman 128: Not arguing in favour of Compton over Taylor. I'd pick Taylor. Just pointing out that in both cases the decision had already been made before they faced the tourists. Taylor didn't press his claim yesterday. He didn't need to. He was already in. BTW, check your stats. Compton's spent lots of time in his career in the middle order. Don't pigeonhole him because that's all you see now.
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