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Stick with Lyth, he’s learning. The best openers are midgets.@152 TheGMenAs someone else pointed out, you ignored the leading run scorer, Rogers. He’s the only batsman from either side who has played like a test cricketer.
@152"Given our dreadful starts by the top order how can Lythe be rewarded for failureYears of experience has taught us that the transition from being and outstanding County player doesn't always equate to delivering it an Test level"Where exactly do you suggest we look for the latest "talent" then? Maybe your local rec? Nobody like Johnson or Steyn in County. Adaptation takes time.
@153, to be honest Carberry hasn't had a great season and isn't scoring runs 6 fifties in 21 FC innings doesnt even put him in the frame. @157, So true, you only have to watch the reaction a player has a few low scores, and armchair fans call for their heads on a platter, Ballance is a case in point, last year he could do nothing wrong.
People too quick to write players off after a handful of Tests. At the moment Lyth, Stokes, Buttler and Wood are still at the embryonic stage of their Test careers. Bairstow and Finn are attempting comebacks. Ballance, who had a brilliant start and still has a fine Test average, will be back. Steve Waugh and Graham Gooch both had poor starts to their Test careers and became greats eventually.
Can't help feeling that if England had cultivated and encouraged James Hildreth over the past few years, we wouldn't have a #4 problem. Top order woulkd read: Cook, AN Other, Bell, Hildreth, Root... As for #2, unpopular, but I'd be inclined to persist with Lyth. One can think of others who began a Test career badly, but went on to make themselves into pillars of reliability.
Rogers is the only one capable of occupying the crease in all conditions and rarely does anything rash. The sooner he retires the better, from a purely parochial view of course.
@152 Rogers? Best opener of the series so far
England are going for "Youth" instead of picking the best players regardless of age. I would have swapped Lyth for someone like Michael Carberry. Still they might pick him to go for a record. I heard on a commentary today that if Wood replaces Anderson, the last names of the England side will total only 51 letters, a test record for any country.
Given our dreadful starts by the top order how can Lythe be rewarded for failureYears of experience has taught us that the transition from being and outstanding County player doesn't always equate to delivering it an Test levelBoth Captains are showing a lack of batting form (except one innings by Cook) but Root, Smith & Warner apart no-one else is stepping up to the plateThis wil be close
England's main problem is that their highest opening stand in the three Tests is just 19. For now we should just celebrate being 2-1 up, however.England had a 2-1 lead in a home Ashes series in 1956, 1972, 1981 & 1985, and only in 1972 did they fail to seal the win, when the Chappell brothers each scored centuries and a young Dennis Lillee took ten wickets...
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