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England and Yorkshire pace bowler. How many times has he turned out for Yorkshire? And Bairstow and Root. I will never pay top money to watch the Yorkshire second XI.
jeffthommo1, agree re Woakes, I've not seen enough of Stokes to make a judgement. But, I think it's academic. I'm sure Tremlett will play in an otherwise unchanged team.I think that the England side misses a genuine allrounder. Perhaps in time one of the aforementioned may take up that role, but, its test cricket, and you pick your best XI. Until they improve, neither will feature.
Anderson says that he feels fine and is keen to play so he will not be rested.Why Woakes and not Stokes? I may be wrong but I don't think that Woakes is a good enough bowler to play at test level.
Looking at the squad announced, it looks as though England have no intentions of resting anyone for the test. If any of Jimmy/Swann/Broad were being earmarked for a rest, then presumably they wouldn't be named. I'm not sure about Woakes, particularly in a 4 man attack, and I can't see us playing 2 spinners, so I guess it'll be Tremlett in for Bres.
Poor old Tim Bresnan - recover soon mate, you are a fine bowler who deserves to be out in the middle, not sitting on the side lines.
@114, there's a massive difference between crash, bang, wallop cricket and real cricket. Cameron White never has been and never will be good enough to play real cricket. If he's so good at real cricket how come he's never played four day county cricket? He's behind the likes of George Bailey, David Hussey and Adam Voges and they can't get in the Aussie Test team either.
Can someone please explain to me why Cameron White isn't in the Aussie test side on batting ability alone?I know he didn't quite hack it as a spinning all-rounder, but surely his batting is better then most of the Aus middle order....
@110, I used to think of Stokes as a batting all rounder but in the past couple of seasons his batting seems to have gone backwards whilst his bowling has come on in leaps and bounds. I certainly expect him to play in the forthcoming T20's and ODIs. He's the logical replacement for Bopara who can't bowl at the moment.
@109, I expect Anderson, Broad, Pietersen and Swann to be rested for the T20's and ODIs. Pace bowlers always need the most rest and Pietersen and Swann are known to be carrying injuries. With another Ashes series on the horizon the forthcoming T20's and ODIs won't be a high priority.
@108, I said before the start of the Ashes series the right time for Root to open would have been next summer when England have low profile Test series against Sri Lanka and India. Compton was told to go back to county cricket after the NZ series and score runs - which he did. Root was doing fine in the middle order. There was no need to move him.
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