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Tuesday, June 14, 2011


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It will be Broad.


hmm -- Vim is right, of course, there's no doubt that it will be Broad, but I notice that in your 2-2 analysis, Broad gets points for batting and economy... In a side with Prior at 7 we really shouldn't be picking bowlers for how they bat, and if we're picking bowlers on economy rate it's hard to see how Broadie is at the top of the list...

Broad may be coming back from injury, perhaps, but that point is wearing a little thin, and who else gets three tests in a four-man attack to bowl themselves back into form?

The selectors *will* pick Broad, I don't think there's any real doubt about that, and I don't have a problem with that decision really. If I was a bowler competing for that place I might, though, especially if I was, say, Graham Onions or Ajmal Shazad (or Dernbach, for that matter).

Do you think a fit Bresnan might be enough to dislodge Broad from his untouchable position? If Broadie doesn't have a good Rose Bowl Test it probably should, but I don't think it will.

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Wilo, you and Vim are correct it will be Broad. Having erroneously made him T20 captain, England will be loath to drop him.


I agree with you that in a four-bowler attack, batting shouldn't come into it - especially as Swann would be a decent number eight.


When Bresnan is fit, it will certainly be an interesting conundrum for the selectors. England haven't looked as good in years as they did in Melbourne and Sydney when it was Bresnan and no Broad who was in situ with Anderson-Tremlett-Swann. And Bresnan can bat too, which prevents that argument.


As I said on the post, I'd go with Finn for the Rose Bowl.

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