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Friday, September 03, 2010


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Ali Jackson

Bell and Carberry ahead of Morgan is a bit odd. And by a bit odd, I mean barkingly insane.
Otherwise about right, I'd like to see Tremlett given a bit of a run out. I agree with Panesar's inclusion as well. Bring on The Ashes.

*Admission - I'm from Ireland thus my views on Morgan can be rightly judged to be not *totally* impartial.


For me, I'm not convinced by Carbs yet. I'd prefer to give a go to Jimmy Adams or Adam Lyth. And Monty's not looked great for much of the year, and I do not want to watch him drop PRicky, so it'd be Rashid for me. Otherwise, I'm very happy.

Ian Ashworth

Morgan for Carberry, otherwise that looks good to me. I'm likewise reluctant to pick Sidebottom for a Test series, but he's an experienced hand and offers variety.

The Reverse Sweep

I must admit that I surprised myself in omitting Morgan for Carberry, but I just feel that England need a spare specialist opener in case Cook fails again. I prefer Bell in the actual XI, so that meant no spot this time for Morgan. It might be better to not pick him this time in any case so that he can focus on the World Cup, where along with KP he will be our key batter.

The Reverse Sweep

Thanks Dave, but I'd definitely rate Carberry above both Adams and Lyth. The coming man is Alex Hales, but it is too early for him just yet. Carbs seems to have the temperament to step in for Cook should he be needed. On Monty, he's looked pretty good to me this year, so his experience and better consistency shades it over Rashid. Of course, Rashid should have played in Bangladesh then he may have made an unanswerable case. The selectors got that one wrong.

The Reverse Sweep

Cheers Ian, I just feel that England will need a spare opener to cover for Cook and I'd prefer to leave Trott at three. With Bell making my XI, that leaves no room for Morgs this time. I'm with you on Siders, but Bresnan is not test standard and who else is there?


I can see how the inclusion of Tremlett makes sense but not Sidebottom. He has lost 5mph of pace since his last injury and has often lost touch during long Championship innings. His variation isn't as necassary in the longer form either.

I'd rather take Shazad as the next back-up seamer, followed by Bresnan. I've not been convinced by Bresnan but he has been holding his own in the Test area and has some call to be in the mix.

I'd feel inclined to take both Morgan and Carberry, England's 6-man batting lineup is looking fragile, and two batsmen to cover it seems worthwile.

Also, I'm not sure a second spinner is a good idea. England won't play anyone over Swann anytime soon and won't play only two seamers. If Swann gets injured, Monty or someone can be called in. The only way two spinner would work would involve playing Rashid/Broad at #7, and I don't think that's a good idea down under.

Howe_zat's squad:

Strauss(c), Anderson, Bell, Bresnan, Broad, Carberry, Collingwood, Cook, Davies, Finn, Morgan, Pietersen, Prior, Shazad, Swann, Tremlett, Trott

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