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Sunday, June 06, 2010


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Ed Lamb

His Test place is totally secure as he's a better batsman than Kieswetter and a far better keeper. He's under pressure for his ODI place, but not his Test place as you seem to suggest.

The Reverse Sweep

Agreed that Prior is a much better keeper - he should be congratulated here for the significant improvement he has made. On the batting front, I am not sure I agree. I think it is actually very close, but Prior is the man in possession, has a test match average of over 40 and should at least hold on to his spot for the Ashes. But Kieswetter is only 21 and he can only get better with both bat and gloves. What with Steven Davies, England now have three top class wicket-keeper/batsmen.

Ed Lamb

I think England see Davies as a fair way ahead of Kieswetter as Test understudy to Prior. Kieswetter played brilliantly in the world Twenty20 but luck featured heavily too - he was plumb LBW in both the semi and final and not given. Hopefully he is getting some one on one wicket-keeping coaching to try and improve his keeping so he can be considered for Tests. Personally I don't think he can really be considered as yet, but in the not too distant future I think we could have 3 top class wicket-keeper/batsmen as you suggest. And of course, as Nasser Hussain said yesterday on Sky, the best keeper in the world in Foster!

The Reverse Sweep

Ah! James Foster, now there is a cricketer who has been messed about by the selectors

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