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Wednesday, August 25, 2010


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Even more concerning is that most of these averages are buoyed by 4/7 tests so far in 2010 coming against Bangladesh.

Morgan's hundred aside, there was merit in selecting him solely for limited overs cricket and keeping him fresh and focussed on those forms where England have been poor and inconsistent for a number of years.
Somehow Pietersen needs to shake off the press and all that has been said and I believe look to play his natural game. He was a matchwinner for England, averaging 50 when he took on bowlers and looked to score whenever he could and dominate. Trying to rein his game in and knock the ball around because he has had criticism when getting out has got to him I think. Part of his success has been that he has an effect on the bowlers that he is going for them and any bowler starts to bowl differently when you feel that. We have Trott and Colly for blocking. I'm not advocating slogging Ajmal when Eng are 32-3 but he should remain positive and play his natural game.



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Totally agree with you on KP ceejaypee. he just needs to play his natural game with the exception of Ajmal who he needs to learn to read first. We should be ok as Bell looks to have added steel to his talent and Trott is an obdurate so and so. I reckon Morgan will miss out.


Indeedy. And having suffered Englands ODI fortunes during the last 20 years having Morgs fresh for T20 and ODI is no bad thing.

Bell + 11 in last test a shoe-in for Australia test squad. Next 4 will be very interesting, think Sidebottom and Monty might be on the plane, although I'm not sure about either.


I'm not sure KP is shelving his natural game. It's hard to be aggressive against such a good bowling attack in conditions that assist them. Sometimes you just have to take your medicine. Hopefully he takes something away from this summer by learning how to not throw it away when runmaking is difficult.

The Reverse Sweep

The quality of the bowling attack and condiitons haven't helped, but KP has admitted himself that he is low on confidence. Hopefully, some good scores in the ODI series (if it takes place) will help get him back into the groove. He's shut the door on county cricket, so he'll have to hope that the shorter form of the game provides the much needed remedy.

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I'd agree with you on Monty ceejaypee - just ahead of Rashid. I'd take Davies or Kieswetter as the spare keeper, don't mind which. With Bell being the seventh batsmen (although personally I'd take Carberry instead of Morgan), that leaves three spare bowling spots. I'd opt for Shahzad, Siders (purely for variety) and Tremlett (having a good season for Surrey, is now fully fit and would do well on Australian wickets), but the selectors will go for Bresnan instead of the latter.

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