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Monday, April 26, 2010

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Ceejaypee

Good Stuff. None of the print journo's ever revisit their predictions throughout the season. I love the unpredicatability of it. After 3 games RMJ at Sussex is averaging 66 with the bat and under 20 with the ball, would he have got in anyone's fantasy teams?

Three games in we have had (I think) only two draws, very few rain interruptions and some exciting final days in the CC. I am missing the Natwest Trohpy though...!

The Reverse Sweep

Just seen your comment Ceejaypee. Thanks for the support. I should probably have ruled out England players like Bopara and Kieswetter from the list and included those likely to play more county cricket like Chris Woakes, but we'll see how it pans out.

Agree with you on RMJ and thank God Sussex have started the season like a runaway train. Shame about the rain in these round of matches, but the season is shaping up well.

Ceejaypee

Indeed. with 4 wins out of 4 Sussex will bounce straight back up to Div1, a shame they were relegated last year as they probably would have been strong enough in D1 this year too. Rana Naved has been the difference early season, and this without Yardy, Luke Wright or indeed Ed Joyce who wont be back for another month either. Panesar has yet to be fully employed but as the pitches dry out Sussex have everything going their way.

I think you could amend the scoring on Kies, Bopara etc as T20I's are games played on the world stage, might be worth noting ODI appearances too. I think based on his form with bat and ball, Woakes will be the next cab off the rank for England in terms of seam bowling in tests, behind Finn or Onions when fit.

I am hoping England see sense and play Rashid against Bng or Pak. With respect to Tredwell he was a stop gap in Bangladesh and I cant see Eng playing two Off-Spinners in Aus this winter. Bangladesh have 3-4 decent quality batsmen and we need to see whether or not Rashid can step up. Sydney and MCG may suit two spinners due to pitch and the heat.

In Div 1 Durham have not looked the same force to be reckoned with, but I think they are mightily unlucky with injuries and no Harmison or Onions in April/May is a real loss. A strong Yorkshire side is always nice to see though, and I'm pleased for Andrew Gale.

It is shaping up for a very interesting season of cricket that hopefully wont be ruind by the bloody football world cup!

The Reverse Sweep

I agree Sussex were too good to go down last year. although the bowling was toothless. Naved, Monty and Anyon are already making a difference and RMJ playing out of his skin.

You could be right on giving points for T20 and ODI - Ravi and Kieswetter certainly need the points!

Rashid needs a good season with lots of time in the middle to get his confidence with the ball back. I don't think England will pick him so he should get that with Yorkshire who are flying.

On Durham you are right, they will be a different proposition when they get their injured bowlers back.

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