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Friday, March 26, 2010


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Rightly or wrongly, I'd be surprised if they take 3 spinners to the Caribbean and also if they play 2 in a game. Think Bresnan would make the XI ahead of Tredwell. Mascarenhas might get a look in for the squad too, perhaps, wrongly in my opinion, even Bell. I hope they don't take, and play, two keepers.

All that said, I'd be happy with your squad and would be pretty much the one I'd go with. Good call, and good post.

The Reverse Sweep

Id definitely take Mascarenhas over Wright or Bresnan but unfortunately he is injured I believe and will be out for a while. Youre right in that they wont take three spinners and that KP will end up bowling in most of the games but I can live in hope!


Spot on selection, so logical that it becomes improbable given England's strange selectorial policy. (!) Totally right about the batting, without the IPL Bopara was struggling, wonder if it is in his head when he pulls on an England shirt - same for Shah methinks. I think playing both of these guys is a bit of a gamble and England may play it safe with Cook or Bell in the squad. Prior doesnt play well in T20 for some reason and yes a rest given the amount of cricket in favour of Kies is probably a good idea.

I would definitely take Rashid, staggered that he wasnt in Bangladesh, Tredwell bowled well but there arent many games where you need two offspinners and England could get away with this given the oppo. Pitches in the West Indies are slow low affairs these days, so a wrist spinner would be an asset, especially given that he can bat and is lightning in the field.

As always, it is the pace bowling where the cupboard is bare. James Anderson is not bowling at present, Stuart Broad is over-rated and expensive in ODI's and there are a spate of injuries. Bresnan gets the nod, Wright too. As an outside shout, I'd have a look at Amjad Khan if we need pace, and Kabir Ali would be a wise head. Other than that I am really scratching around for pace bowlers.

David Siddall

@ceejaypee Kabir Ali and Saj Mahmood have surely proven time after time that they don't cut the mustard at international level. I know Twenty20 levels the playing field somewhat but please no.

The Reverse Sweep

I totally agree with you David on Mahmood and Kabir lacks the pace to be an international bowler. The cupboard is a bit bare though. I didnt say it in my post as he isnt in the provisional squad, but Id have considered Harmison with Flintoff out injured. But Shahzad is promising and our faith will have to rest with him (if he goes!).

The Reverse Sweep

Thanks for the comments Craig. Please not Cook for T20 - he just doesnt have the game. Id also leave Bell out as since he was dropped from the limited overs side his test form has gone up exponentially. Shah and Bopara are quality T20 players and have done well for England in that format. You are right that the cupboard is bare on the pace front, which is why Anderson (if fit) and Broad will definitely go. With Flintoff out, Id consider Harmison, which I know will get me plenty of stick, but that wont happen as he wasnt in the provisional squad and is now out of favour with the selectors. I think Shahzad looks promising and is less wayward than Finn so should go above Sidebottom. Kabir is a good county bowler, but perhaps lacks the pace at international level - saying that he wasnt treated well by the selectors, which unfortunately seems to part of a pattern with British Asians with Shah, Samit Patel, Bopara, Monty, Rashid and Kabir all being dealt with harshly in the last few years. 

march madness picks

T20 has been past away and world cup is going on with its shine. Today Australia have lost the match against Pakistan and I am shocked to watch march madness picks. Let's see what's next.

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