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Good one, Alistair.
Can we chase this down? I have the fear.
we will track it down but put us through the ringer while doing it
Might put a fiver on Pakistan. That'll guarantee an England win.
Pakistan zindabad etc.
he will get a half century at least now.
I think we'll win this Test with four down though.
but i fear he'll knock a 100 at lords and his stock will suddenly rise again. plus, who would we replace him with? i guess it has to be between carberry and lyth but carberry's had an erratic season and lyth's still very green...
Trott moves to opener, Bopara comes in at 3 or 4 and hits two centuries and suddenly we're even more confused than we once were.
bop's in great nick at the moment but there's absolutely no way he can come back into the test squad and straight into another ashes series, let alone one in aus.
and trott opening is an idea so atrocious that only england would think to try it.
As a result, I reckon he'll get one more chance at Lord's. I doubt he'll take it though.
That should be more to his liking, a lot less swing and seam movement I'd guess.
I basically decided at the start of his career he was going to become the greatest batsman of all time, but at the moment he bats like me
Well, basically the top order really
Cook - obvs
Strauss' love of scoring somewhere between 42 and 53. I want to see some huge scores from him, like that 170 odd that saved his career against NZ
Trott - in general, he just seems to be "there" at the moment. A reassuring presence at 3 but wouldn't mind a few more runs
what will Anderson do when the ball's not swinging? I think he'll struggle in Aus.
He's getting more accurate by the season - I see no reason why he shouldn't be able to do these things
and if not well then Chris Tremlett's coming into a bit of form I see :D
I don't think there's been any advance on that. There's no one better in the world when the ball's swinging, pretty innocuous otherwise.
with Swann as buzzing hornet deputy, that Anderson's job would simply be to outbowl Ben Hilfenhaus
am struggling to think of a bowler I'd rather see in Anderson's place - Shahzad ain't ready IMO (although must be in the squad) and Tremlett's still very suspect regarding injury
The biggest concern of mine is that England revert to Panesar ahead of Rashid for second spinner - it absolutely HAS to be Rashid. Tredwell at a push, but nah Rashid.
I can't think of anybody I'd replace him with. I remember him being pretty handy with the reverse swing in the Windies last year on those flat tracks. Do bowlers get much reverse swing in Aus?
I'd imagine Perth and Sydney are a bit reverse-swingy, not sure about the others. I think there's a little on offer - seam movement is obviously the best way to take wickets in Australia, which is why Stuart Broad will be our most important bowler
Unplayable, innocous or really stroppy.
In English conditions there's no finer attack, but I worry in Aus they could take a bit of a pounding.
For me the big positive is the fielding has looked razor sharp
My main concern is lower-order runs from the Australians, which could well be pivotal, and my second concern is Shaun Tait coming in and wreaking merry hell
also, Bollinger/Johnson won't be off-form for long - expect them to roar back with a passion, inna 'last session of their Second Test against Pakistan' stylee
he's going to be so much better in australian conditions that it will really rebalance their attack.
and yes. tait. let's all pray he doesn't rediscover his cojones.
He'd have 100 test wickets by now.
So, so heavy on the bat and lovely, lovely rhythm. Finn has the best repeatable action I've seen from an England bowler since Tremlett.
Also, Stuart Broad is a tosser. I wish he'd grow up, just an eminently unlikable individual - the anti-Swann if you will.
Have it on good authority that Swann is a prize twat, an arrogant sod of the highest order
now I think he's brilliant and I love his on-field personality but I'm not sure I'd want to meet him in a bar given what I've heard
Broad otoh strikes me as a nice, thoughful guy off the pitch who occasionally misjudges how to be 'competitive' on the field of play - a sort of budding Andre Nel, perhaps - wonder what he'll name his Gunther?
Swann is an Oasis fan at the end of the day.
such as 'a low runchase' or 'when diligence is required'
but I don't like Trott - as a character he doesn't compel me - Jacques Kallis without the aura of impenetrability or the shots
Cook will be given the rest of the series.
and is about 30 short of Nasser Hussain now.
What were the odds on that a few years ago?
in '05 he was excellent and in '07 he was a wretched, and in 08 he was back to being excellent again (though possibly not quite the giant i'd hoped he'd become after 2004-05).
I was furious when they didn't make him captain before the last Ashes in Aus, and Eng got what they deserved picking Flintoff.
But of late he seems to make a good start, get going and then randomly turn his brain off