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Friday, June 17, 2011

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Ianashworth

I'm going to show my bias but some other names for contention.

Hall would certainly strengthen the batting - 461 runs at over 65 - at number 6.

As a spinner, Middlebrook hasn't done quite as well as Henderson but has done OK (17 wickets at 31), and he's a run machine - 387 runs at 77 batting at 9 - worth considering.

I know you've mentioned Vaas and gone for Meaker instead, but in acknowledging the side has a long tail Vaas, with 242 runs at over 48 would redress that, especially on top of his 3 five wicket hauls and 1 ten wicket match already this year.

Aside from personal bias, good team! Some names in there most wouldn't have thought would be up there before the season started - Jefferson, Brooks, RHB...

The Reverse Sweep


You definitely showed your bias Ian!! Hall, Middlebrook and especially Vaas all came into contention, but the first two did not warrant selection for their main role as bowlers IMO - although as you say Middlebrook has done ok (and has had Brooks and Vaas stealing most of his wickets!).


 

In the end it came down to Vaas or Brooks and although the Lankan is clearly the better cricketer, I decided to go with the English option on this occasion!

 

Let's be honest though with the way Northants are playing, I could have picked the whole XI from your county!

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