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@341. boating-voter - Even though it feels churlish to criticise after a series win, strangely the sense of frustration is strong. I have enjoyed this series a lot despite this. England do have a sense of transition about them. Middle order is the best around but they need the top order to give a platform to really put teams to the sword. Indian bowling has been a revelation however.
England to bat.Come on Cook, one last 100 please
JDH @340You're right that one test would not be enough to bed in a new man. But better that than taking an untried opener away on tour.They simply should not have been in this position in the first place. This summer has been one continuous failure - like last summer - to resolve the top order problems. The continuous failed experiment with Jennings beggars belief.
@339. boating-voter - While I agree to an extent, I am not sure that one match is going to make an awful lot of difference. The trend for both sides in this series has been that the top order have failed, will that change in the last match? I guess we will find out but I am not confident. So bringing someone else in will probably not change that, in fact may confuse further.
IMO, if Bairstow is fit, he should keep. He's a better keeper than Buttler, and as the article says Bairstow averages higher when playing as wk/bat, Buttler averages higher when not.More at issue for me is the lack of ambition and sense by the selectors regarding the top order. Perfect opportunity to try e.g. Burns, now we're going to SL with the least settled/known top order ever.
@337Absolutely and Ali isn't a test match number 3 anyway, he's a major asset at 7 and when it goes wrong batting too high up the order people will call for his head, Root likes to bat at 4 but with the current top order he's in to face the new ball whether at 3 or 4, it seems every man and his dog can have a go at 3 but surely the best batsman is more qualified to take up that mantle.
@ 335 Moeen our best player of spin? He was Lyon’s bunny in the ashes. Moving stokes to 5 is to break up the left handers down the order and he’s a better bat than bairstow or Buttler. Also, we need a settled batting line up for all conditions, not just Sri Lanka, which is why Moeen batting at 3 today is crazy.
Bairstow should keep wicket he is a better Keeper at Test match level than Buttler and over the last eighteen months has earned the right to do so. People have very short memories and are unbelievably quick to criticise Jonny . The lad is without a doubt one of our Finest cricketers
@325....agree with resting Anderson and Broad, however your best batsmen for spin are too low...Moeen and Buttler. Stokes does not play spin very well and Sri Lanka will operate their spinners very early so i would move them up the order.
@330Well put, bravo.
Bairstow keeping wicket again smacks of the captain of a poor village side looking after his mates.
@313.Sorry - cannot agree that England have won purely on luck. It has been a tight series and India's quickies have bowled particularly well but England's middle order have buckled down when needed (eg last test match to get a lead of 230 odd) and their bowlers have performed well overall. No discredit to India - they are a fine side - but England deserve their series win on merit.
@328When did this so called throwing his toys out pram take place? Or do you accept everything Michael Vaughan says as gospel, at least Bairstow hasn't dignified Vaughan comments with a response unlike Rashid, and to mention his Dad and mental instability beggars belief leave that sort of thing to people who actually know what they're talking about.
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