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Friday, September 24, 2010


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If selectors pick two of Bopara, Bell and Trott England are in trouble as none of them can score quickly and in subcontinent scores of 300 can be chased down. I think Hildreth is a better option than atleast Bopara as he can rotate the strike against the spinners and in the past England have struggled against the slower bowlers.

Just have a look at the last onedayer itself when Bell took 52 deliveries for 28 runs in the middle overs.


greyblazer should look at the context of the game regarding Bell's 28. Bell showed he could play under extreme pressure in that ODI something that Trott couldn't do and Bopara has demonstrated he yet cannot do. Bell's talent and his ability to read the game means he can adjust his game to the circumstances and conditions. He and Morgan's job was to soak up the pressure and that is what they both did. Bell picked up an injury and still managed to stay in with a runner. Bell like Morgan can also hit out at more than a run a ball. Don't be a victim of scorecards. It wasn't the time to do that. Bell also got a brilliant century only three days before in the CB40 Final. There's no question he will be selected ahead of Trott and Bopara.


Simple question what is Bell's strike rate over 80 odd onedayers.

Ed Lamb


These days players reinvent themselves (eg. Strauss) and while all stats are relevant to a lesser or greater extent, Bell seems a far more confident cricketer than he used to be. He and Bopara should go and on the slower wickets collingwood should be a front line bowler, with bopara filling in as necessary assuming he gets in the XI. Bopara was excellent in the last world cup at 7 and he may be able to fulfil the same role again.

I'm gutted by Sidebo's retirement...our bowling looks thin now. The thought of tremlett, shahzad or rashid bowling at sehwag, gayle etc is a little scary! To have a chance broad, Anderson and swann have to stay fit.

Ed Lamb

For what it's worth my 15 would be Strauss, davies, pietersen, bell, Morgan, collingwood, bopara, yardy, swann, broad, Anderson. Plus bresnan, wright, trott and kieswetter (over prior not because he's better, but because if davies is injured England need an opener and that's not prior's bag).


Leave alone Bell but what has done Bopara done to get a place ahead of a man in form like Hildreth? Even recently he failed against Pakistan.

Ed Lamb

It makes no sense to bring in hildreth now just before the world cup. This summer was the latest they could have brought anyone in if they were to be part of the team come feb 2011. Hildreth is a good player but england's best chance from him not playing.


I have to agree with Ed and Jackie on this. It is too late to bring in Hildreth now - as promising a prospect as he is. In any case, I don't think he would score any quicker than Bell and certainly doesn't have his experience or ability against spin. Bell seems a different player to the one that was dropped eighteen months ago. He seems to have developed a sound temperament and mental strength, which when allied with his immense talent makes him arguably England's best test batsman and after Morgan and KP, potentially one of its three best ODI players too.

As for Bopara, he has proved that he can play in several gears and had embellished a couple of innings since his recall to the ODI side from number six.

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