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Monday, February 06, 2012


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I find myself thinking that the middle-order needs some new blood. I've never been happy with Morgan in Test cricket, and I'd be tempted to shake Bell and KP up a bit too. The trouble is, who would come in? I don't have any great confidence that Ravi Bopara would have done any better here, and as much as I would like to see England be bold and select one of that little clutch of promising young middle-order batsmen on the horizon, it seems a bit harsh to throw the likes of Taylor, Stokes or Bairstow into the middle of this shambles on a tour to sub-continent. On the other hand, it's Sri Lanka next, whose attack ought to be a less daunting proposition than Ajmal / Rehman / Gul, to be honest.

Glad I'm not a selector at the moment. What would you do?

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Bell and KP are both class players who had a fantastic 2011 - in other words they have plenty of credit in the bank.

I agree with you on Morgan who whilst not lacking in self-belief is probably a bit short at this level.

Bopara has earnt his place next in line and should be given a chance at six in Sri Lanka.

Of the next generation, Taylor seems the best equipped for Test cricket. Bairstow and Stokes both struggled against India's spinners in ODIs, so they'd find it even harder in Tests in Asia. I like Yorkshire's Joe Root too.

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