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Roy as a Test opener? Are you smoking something?
Giving a new player a single test at the end of a series has never been a good idea it has always been better to sent them on the winter tour where can be given a fair chance to consolidate their place in the team.
Can't believe the number of people advocating Woakes for Rashid as the only change. No team in the world goes into a Test with five seamers. The only justification for it would be if Stokes isn't fit to bowl. And I'd just like to remind those advocating Roy as a Test opener that he bats in the middle order in first class cricket.
Bairstow should remain wicket keeper and bat at six or seven he is not the problem shuffling him about you create an unnecessary situation Buttler will not be able to cope at test match level as a reliable keeper
And as for Jennings how long does it take for it to sink into thick selectors he is not good enough which makes him a perfect fit for the present cook
Who gets to select the selectors? Therein lies the problem ages old. They need dropping right now they are morons. This was the perfect time to take a chance on new talent but what is served up ? same old same old when was it ever different. Why is Cook playing and taking a chance away from someone.
lets see if this fits in. All 18 in a regular season of 14; then top 8 QFs SFs and Final. OK so I'm adding 2-3 weeks to the County Championships, also a panel of ex's value each game in terms of points. West group Lan Der Wor Glo Gla Som. East group Dur Yor Not Nort Lei War. South group Ess Mid Sur Ken Ham Sus. Eg Wor has 10 plus H Ham & Dur, A Mid & Yor next 2 years we see the other 8 teams.
looking at the cc scores this week the ecb have ruined everything, bad batting conditions in april may sept, make it a lottery. they obv couldnt care less abt the test team. wait till sri lanka in oct, we'll be hammered and all on hys will be going ballistic over it
This is a dead Test Match soooooo WHY HAVE THE SELECTORS NOT PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE???????Give Anderson & Broad a miss..pick 2 young fast bowlers and bring back CRANE...remember him you selectors with the short memories.Also get 2 NEW Openers to replace Cook & Jennings.
223 People also pay to watch exciting cricket. A tie is a pretty good example of that. The vast majority of the dismissals were due to dreadful batting not the pitch. Bess made a half century for England-did you see the horrendous way he got himself out stumped while slogging going for glory when there was one run needed and over two days left to get it
What's the point. Well played selectors.
What does Burns have to do to get in? Average 200 and score 3000 runs? This is a match on his home ground as well so a perfect chance to make his debut. Yes they're probably thinking they want Jennings to work and then add Burns so that they only need to find one new opener but the horse has bolted with Jennings IMO and he's not good enough.
Impossible to get dropped by England, especially as their top order is failing! Have to feel for James Vince - he just happens to play for the wrong county!
Seems it's hard to get dropped from our Test TeamSurely we have to get young pace bowlers and some untried batters into the team into this a dead game.Would give them a chance to acclamatise to Test Cricket.We have to replace Anderson, Broad soon so why not try some young pace bowlers.?
@ 217 JDH Thanks down-arrow warriors! Rather than put a down-arrow why not say why you disagree, or do you not have an opinion but just like to get your down-arrow on? =========Thats because by the time some of us see your post 10 people have already disagreed with you, no need for 50 others to bother answering you
It seems to me that, at a relatively young age, we need to encourage some cricketers to be limited overs specialists (e.g. T20 and 50 overs) and some to be four day specialists (and maybe also play a bit of the 50 over stuff). That would then ensure that we have players with the correct technique and mindset for Test cricket.
Taunton -Totally disgraceful pitch, Somerset should be reported and deducted points. Let's see Leach do that at the Oval, Lords, Old Trafford & HeadingleySurrey should be the first to complain to the authorities as they are in a race for the title with Somerset. People pay money to watch cricket not a farce on a carttrack
Look around at the CC scores today and it tells you all you need to know. CC games in Sept will always have pitches to be difficult to bat on. Add in one day shots in 4 day games plus test matches and there`s your answer. Also abolish Kolpak as well, my team Hants are the worst, look at our bowling line up its embarressing. 2 Overseas players tops, give more local talent a chance.
England won the series thanks to some good contributions by the middle order. We also won the toss on all 4 matches. The fact that the Indian openers were also poor doesn't mean that the new ball was unplayable (Virat coped) . We still need to change to stand a chance of winning abroad. Now is a good time to experiment.
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