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Friday, September 10, 2010


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"Presumably Davies will open the batting with Strauss"

It seems that way, especially after his 87 today. I'm kind of sick of how much the keeper debate comes up, as they all have their merits. I've decided to be completely indifferent towards Davies. Ah, that's refreshing.

"that leaves Trott, Bopara, Ian Bell and Luke Wright battling for the final batting spot."

Mmm, tough one. Bopara is talented but eccentric and I feel England will need an accumulator at three with so many hot-and-cold batsmen around them, so I'd go for Trott. Bell might be worth it if he is in a rich vein of form. Luke Wright is not a batsman, and if he isn't bowling he is dead weight.

"maybe the selectors have missed a trick by not blooding Adil Rashid"

I'm not sure this was really a good idea, until England really want to play him he's best left convincing people in county cricket. Rashid has never been much of a limited-overs cricketer, he is really possibility for Tests. One-day cricket is not a training ground, it deserves its own occasion. And while Yardy is hardly glamorous he is effective. His tactical nous is pretty valuable too.

"the selectors seem to like the whole-hearted but limited Bresnan."

True. I'd like to see Shazad put in there but I'm not offended by Bresnan. His bowling is accurate and he often manages to out-think a batsman.

However, I think that he's not really capable of surprising a more seasoned international batsman. I'd prefer a proper strike bowler to open, and Shazad could get a few early wickets with his extra pace and reverse swing.

(sod Sidebottom)

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