England recall Moeen for Sri Lanka tour
11/12/2020 | sport | cricket | 358
England recall Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow but rest Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for the two Tests in Sri Lanka next month.
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11/12/2020 12:34:46 4 17
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Picking Bess and Ali makes little to no sense. Hope Bess gets a run out
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11/12/2020 12:36:21 11 2
bbc
Makes plenty of sense considering we'll probably be playing at least two spinners.
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11/12/2020 12:39:30 6 3
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If it's like the last tour to SL then we will need 3 spinners. Just wish there were better options, as I think Ali may be a busted flush on int'l scene.
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11/12/2020 12:35:01 32 7
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Foakes very unlucky not to be England's first choice WK in tests. Bairstow needs to accept that he needs to focus on batting and his emotional state in order to reach his potential and the jury is still out on Buttler in the red ball format.
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11/12/2020 12:34:46 4 17
bbc
Picking Bess and Ali makes little to no sense. Hope Bess gets a run out
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11/12/2020 12:36:21 11 2
bbc
Makes plenty of sense considering we'll probably be playing at least two spinners.
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11/12/2020 12:36:45 5 8
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With the squad picked, I would go for horses for courses.
1) Sibley
2) Crawley
3) Root
4) Lawrence
5) Bairstow
6) Buttler
7) Foakes (wk)
8) Bess
9) Woakes
10) Wood
11) Leach
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11/12/2020 12:50:42 6 1
bbc
No broad or Jimmy?
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11/12/2020 12:52:49 5 2
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It would folly to simply move Crawley and Root up from their best positions. Put YJB or Buttler to open.
And I think you are one bowler light - either Curran or more probably Moen need to play.
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ben
11/12/2020 12:37:44 2 18
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Back to moeen can’t bat can’t bowle not much between the ears surely it’s time to give a young county cricketer ago...... at least you can see bairstow works hard at his game
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11/12/2020 13:11:06 11 1
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I'm fairly sure "moeen" can spell and punctuate better than you, as well as bat and "bowle"
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11/12/2020 13:30:07 4 0
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I refer you to Yorkshire - Worcestershire at Scarborough in 2018, Moeen scored 219 in the first innings and took 6 wickets in Yorkshire's second innings for a Worcestershire win by an innings and 186 runs.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/county-div-one-2018-1127612/yorkshire-vs-worcestershire-1127651/full-scorecard
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11/12/2020 12:38:56 9 0
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Side picked OK it seems they took right decision by resting Strokes & Archer they deserve some rest after grueling IPL for about 8 weeks or so .Hopefully hosts and visitors will take enough care so that SA repetition won't happen once more .Best wishes.
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11/12/2020 12:34:46 4 17
bbc
Picking Bess and Ali makes little to no sense. Hope Bess gets a run out
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11/12/2020 12:39:30 6 3
bbc
If it's like the last tour to SL then we will need 3 spinners. Just wish there were better options, as I think Ali may be a busted flush on int'l scene.
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11/12/2020 12:39:48 11 12
bbc
Such a poor squad, we had a chance to try out youth, but they are all in reserve, while Bairstow and Ali get back in despite having played little FC cricket in the last year.
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11/12/2020 12:51:45 20 2
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Why is it a chance to try out youth? Touring Sri Lanka is not the ideal destination to try out youth.
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11/12/2020 15:26:09 2 0
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Other than those two players you don't like, are there any other reasons as to why it's "such a poor squad?" Besides, Barstow has a good record against Sri Lanka and Moeen did well last time out.

I think we're missing Rashid or Parkinson, but other than that, it's not that bad.
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11/12/2020 17:45:04 1 0
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Let's not bother trying to win Test matches with our best team, let's spend all our time trying out hundreds of different young players. How does that sound ?
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11/12/2020 12:39:49 19 6
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Really like both players, and being a Worcester boy always been a big fan of moeen. But I’m really not sure what either player has done to earn a recall. Especially Bairstow. My main worry with moeen is a couple of bad scores/bowling performances and it will knock him back, which I hate to see. I think it would have been fair to give a couple of others a chance.
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11/12/2020 12:45:49 22 6
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Yeah I'm thinking the same about Bairstow. It's like the set-up are worried he's gonna beat them up or something because he keeps whining. It might be best to leave him in white ball as he could knacker himself if by tightening up his technique for tests it could ruin what makes him a force in short form.
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sam
11/12/2020 13:08:31 4 0
bbc
Moeen is back as in Sri Lanka we need 3 spinners but in England only 1. Bairstow is back as Burns, Stokes, Pope are all unavailable. They have been dropped from the first choice team but have remained some of the first reserves at all times!
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11/12/2020 18:15:13 0 2
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Agreed 100% Moeen is a nice person but can’t cut it at the highest level as he has proved many times.
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12/12/2020 11:47:04 0 0
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Clearly progress made by YJB behind the scenes since losing his red contract. Winning the T20 for England the other day did no harm either - showed his mental fortitude. Moeen, however, I agree - I have no idea or argument in support that outweighs his (lack of) form. We can all recite his ancient history but top level sport moves on - he has not. Yep, nice guy and all that.
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11/12/2020 12:40:04 5 12
bbc
What is this obsession with resting players across all sports? They have hardly played any cricket yet need to rest? Can a T20 game really be that tiring? Understand the stress of the bubble but really....
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11/12/2020 12:41:56 24 0
bbc
How about the stress of losing a parent?
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11/12/2020 12:42:06 7 0
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Archer has been in bubble after bubble since about May. Stokes father has just died.
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11/12/2020 12:43:56 4 0
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Suspect the main reason is the effect of being stuck in the bio bubbles for so long.

To be fair to Stokes - he has had a lot of personal stuff to deal with as well as the Bio stuff so can fully understand that call.

Good opportunity to keep improving the pool size of players to call upon
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11/12/2020 12:40:48 13 2
bbc
Hopefully they leave Crawley at 3, rather than move the whole order around to accommodate Burns' absence
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11/12/2020 12:49:34 2 2
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Who else can open tho?
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sam
11/12/2020 13:13:36 7 1
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I don't see that as a big problem though! The batting order is less important in Sri Lanka as the new ball makes less difference.
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RPH
11/12/2020 16:43:55 4 0
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The thinking seems pretty clear behind this squad. They obviously want to move Crawley up to opener and put Bairstow in at 3 because he got a 100 last time he batted 3 in Sri Lanka.

I don't mind Crawley opening. He's had way more experience opening than at 3, and the new ball won't be much of a weapon in Sri Lanka. An added bonus is that he seems to be a well-suited partner for Sibley as well
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11/12/2020 12:40:49 3 8
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Fully understand the need for resting players, but i thought the whole point of 'discovering' players like Archer, was for their extra pace on dead, unresponsive sub-continent pitches? To offer that extra yard of pace.
Couldn't they have kept him for Sri Lanka, then given him off an early summer series in the UK, where the dibbly dobblers come into their own?
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11/12/2020 12:46:42 8 2
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90mph on a super slow wicket is a tad bit useless compared to 90mph when the ball is nipping around at home or on fast tracks like on SA or Australia. Dead pitches you go to your spinners as in the subcontinent they are usually dead because they’re Bunsen burners. That’s why Aus don’t take a quartet of their quicks to SL or India.

Haven’t watched the game much, have you?

His pace will
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11/12/2020 12:40:57 8 1
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Hoping Dan Lawrence gets a chance. From what I've seen of him, think he has a lot of attributes to be an int'l cricketer
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11/12/2020 12:41:21 114 9
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Don't think anyone can begrudge Ben Stokes having a rest. The man is basically a mainstay in all three formats, and has managed to balance it all with so much personal trauma. What a guy.
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11/12/2020 16:32:40 7 60
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a bit heavy on the hero worship.....a good player but that's about it....
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mc
11/12/2020 16:34:54 1 25
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what a guy, so ok to beat people up then
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12/12/2020 04:49:27 1 3
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Just look Stokes T20 batting average. around 17... Bowling at around 40... Stokes clearly is a below average, over-hyped cricketer, should be no dispute in that. But you all love to believe the media hype surrounding that man, just like you did 15 years ago on Freddy the Flintoff... & look where that turned out to be!
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sam
12/12/2020 06:09:42 4 0
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I have no problem with resting him but he has had loads of rest! He's rested too much to be a mainstay in all 3 formats! He missed half the summer(2 tests,6T20s,3ODIs), half the IPL, would have missed 3 ODIs v SA. Recently he's missed either the ODIs or T20s of most tours! He is missing half our games! In 2019 he didn't play a single IT20!
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11/12/2020 12:41:21 9 4
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Such a shame we've not got a decent spinner - can't see Bess ever becoming top tier even in a Nathan Lyon kind of way. Other than that we've got great fundamentals but in the absence of a spinner India will duff us up (Sri Lanka less so given how mediocre they are these days)
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11/12/2020 12:47:29 14 2
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Yet India’s best bowlers are pacemen these days so wouldnt guarantee the pitches are going to raging turners
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11/12/2020 12:48:52 3 0
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We’ve never given Virdi a go. I would like to see him play at one point
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11/12/2020 19:19:26 3 0
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But Leach's career bowling average is actually better than Nathan Lyon's, and considerably better than Bess's. What makes you conclude, then, that England don't have a decent spinner? Leach was joint top wicket taker for England (with Moeen) in last series v Sri Lanka.
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11/12/2020 12:40:04 5 12
bbc
What is this obsession with resting players across all sports? They have hardly played any cricket yet need to rest? Can a T20 game really be that tiring? Understand the stress of the bubble but really....
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11/12/2020 12:41:56 24 0
bbc
How about the stress of losing a parent?
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11/12/2020 13:50:30 2 0
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Fair comment but I dealt with it playing Sport and throwing myself into coaching too with in the sport .

Yes everyone has different ways of dealing with bereavement just some people like to type before they think what they are typing.
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11/12/2020 12:40:04 5 12
bbc
What is this obsession with resting players across all sports? They have hardly played any cricket yet need to rest? Can a T20 game really be that tiring? Understand the stress of the bubble but really....
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11/12/2020 12:42:06 7 0
bbc
Archer has been in bubble after bubble since about May. Stokes father has just died.
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11/12/2020 12:43:09 7 3
bbc
Why have you written Foakes (wk) but not next to Bairstow or Buttler? I would love it if that meant he was getting the gloves but nothing in the original announcement seemed to indicate that. Seems a bit misleading
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11/12/2020 12:40:04 5 12
bbc
What is this obsession with resting players across all sports? They have hardly played any cricket yet need to rest? Can a T20 game really be that tiring? Understand the stress of the bubble but really....
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11/12/2020 12:43:56 4 0
bbc
Suspect the main reason is the effect of being stuck in the bio bubbles for so long.

To be fair to Stokes - he has had a lot of personal stuff to deal with as well as the Bio stuff so can fully understand that call.

Good opportunity to keep improving the pool size of players to call upon
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11/12/2020 12:39:49 19 6
bbc
Really like both players, and being a Worcester boy always been a big fan of moeen. But I’m really not sure what either player has done to earn a recall. Especially Bairstow. My main worry with moeen is a couple of bad scores/bowling performances and it will knock him back, which I hate to see. I think it would have been fair to give a couple of others a chance.
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11/12/2020 12:45:49 22 6
bbc
Yeah I'm thinking the same about Bairstow. It's like the set-up are worried he's gonna beat them up or something because he keeps whining. It might be best to leave him in white ball as he could knacker himself if by tightening up his technique for tests it could ruin what makes him a force in short form.
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SAM
11/12/2020 13:26:04 10 3
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Evidence of Bairstow whining? Or just more inexplicable vitriol towards him. This is a guy with 6 test hundreds, 3 scores in the 90s and who has played a number of innings to dig England out of trouble, or create winning positions. What's not to like about that? Also don't forget how much he has been shunted around to accommodate others - imagine having to do that AND perform at the top level.
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11/12/2020 14:47:06 5 1
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And you DON'T think the selectors and the system have messed JB about for most of his Test career?!
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11/12/2020 17:39:52 5 2
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One of the reasons that Bairstow has been recalled to the Test team is that his technique is more sound and more orthodox than Buttler, which makes him better suited to the format.
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11/12/2020 12:46:02 52 26
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What is the obsession with Moeen Ali, his career at the top level has nosedived in the last couple of years.
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11/12/2020 13:11:39 22 13
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Have to agree, promising to start with but has failed to kick-on. Not the Swanny replacement we had hoped for.
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11/12/2020 14:21:20 20 0
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Probably the fact he was the top wicket taker in Sri Lanka 2 years ago and there is a dearth of quality spin options.
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11/12/2020 14:38:43 4 1
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Agree 100%
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11/12/2020 17:47:50 5 1
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Absolute boss Moeen like, would be a fool not to take him.
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12/12/2020 07:09:46 3 0
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He is selected by ex players who know more than you do.
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11/12/2020 12:40:49 3 8
bbc
Fully understand the need for resting players, but i thought the whole point of 'discovering' players like Archer, was for their extra pace on dead, unresponsive sub-continent pitches? To offer that extra yard of pace.
Couldn't they have kept him for Sri Lanka, then given him off an early summer series in the UK, where the dibbly dobblers come into their own?
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11/12/2020 12:46:42 8 2
bbc
90mph on a super slow wicket is a tad bit useless compared to 90mph when the ball is nipping around at home or on fast tracks like on SA or Australia. Dead pitches you go to your spinners as in the subcontinent they are usually dead because they’re Bunsen burners. That’s why Aus don’t take a quartet of their quicks to SL or India.

Haven’t watched the game much, have you?

His pace will
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11/12/2020 13:04:53 1 3
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Agree with needing the spinners. But its a been a constant thing amongst the TV commentators for a long time, that apart from the spinners, if they're not working, you need real pace, not 82mph trundlers.
You dont need to bowl 90+mph when the ball is nipping around, which is why in England we dont traditionally produce many of them.

Havent watched the game much, have you?
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11/12/2020 12:41:21 9 4
bbc
Such a shame we've not got a decent spinner - can't see Bess ever becoming top tier even in a Nathan Lyon kind of way. Other than that we've got great fundamentals but in the absence of a spinner India will duff us up (Sri Lanka less so given how mediocre they are these days)
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11/12/2020 12:47:29 14 2
bbc
Yet India’s best bowlers are pacemen these days so wouldnt guarantee the pitches are going to raging turners
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11/12/2020 12:53:20 1 0
bbc
Ashwin/Jadeja both have great numbers, especially at home - they've got a great bowling attack for most conditions these days
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11/12/2020 12:41:21 9 4
bbc
Such a shame we've not got a decent spinner - can't see Bess ever becoming top tier even in a Nathan Lyon kind of way. Other than that we've got great fundamentals but in the absence of a spinner India will duff us up (Sri Lanka less so given how mediocre they are these days)
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11/12/2020 12:48:52 3 0
bbc
We’ve never given Virdi a go. I would like to see him play at one point
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11/12/2020 12:48:59 5 18
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A rest? That’s a joke. They have hardly played this year. What are they doing now if it’s not having a rest?
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11/12/2020 12:51:14 17 2
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Bubbles are extremely stressful, you can't see your family, and you are stuck in one place for weeks. Some of our cricketers have been in these bubbles since may. Stokes has had lots of personal trouble. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
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11/12/2020 12:59:31 5 0
bbc
Don’t have a problem with Stokes but why can’t some of these other players take a rest from the IPL and other such tournaments rather than have to rest from international cricket? I think we all know the reason why but I’m afraid the balance has swung too much away from international cricket unfortunately
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11/12/2020 13:20:15 2 0
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These Bubbles been set up have been , well nearly super until SA Tour so guess the lads have been in isolation more or less

Yes nowadays life is easier when Touring and support better than the old days too. So in one respect yes why do the lads need rest as they say as they are playing a sport they love

Also it's good to show some respect and support for what they are giving up so WE get cricket
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11/12/2020 12:40:48 13 2
bbc
Hopefully they leave Crawley at 3, rather than move the whole order around to accommodate Burns' absence
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11/12/2020 12:49:34 2 2
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Who else can open tho?
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11/12/2020 12:55:38 2 10
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Bairstow or foakes
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11/12/2020 12:36:45 5 8
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With the squad picked, I would go for horses for courses.
1) Sibley
2) Crawley
3) Root
4) Lawrence
5) Bairstow
6) Buttler
7) Foakes (wk)
8) Bess
9) Woakes
10) Wood
11) Leach
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11/12/2020 12:50:42 6 1
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No broad or Jimmy?
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11/12/2020 12:48:59 5 18
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A rest? That’s a joke. They have hardly played this year. What are they doing now if it’s not having a rest?
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11/12/2020 12:51:14 17 2
bbc
Bubbles are extremely stressful, you can't see your family, and you are stuck in one place for weeks. Some of our cricketers have been in these bubbles since may. Stokes has had lots of personal trouble. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
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11/12/2020 12:51:37 6 1
bbc
May as well try Lawrence out in this series, nothing to lose. If he isn't up to international level currently then Pope and Burns hopefully will be ready for India, if he's good, another great batting option.
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11/12/2020 12:39:48 11 12
bbc
Such a poor squad, we had a chance to try out youth, but they are all in reserve, while Bairstow and Ali get back in despite having played little FC cricket in the last year.
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11/12/2020 12:51:45 20 2
bbc
Why is it a chance to try out youth? Touring Sri Lanka is not the ideal destination to try out youth.
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11/12/2020 12:57:00 3 0
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A number of our normal picks are not here, Burns, Stokes and Pope. So we could test our depth, do we have players who can open against Australia if Burns fails, who do we have for the middle order? Instead we have Bairstow who hasn't been given any real chance to change his red ball technique, and Ali who has been poor for years..
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11/12/2020 12:52:10 19 10
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Selecting Jimmy away from home makes no sense to me.
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11/12/2020 15:12:25 5 5
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I agree, but it's because he's said that he wants to play, and what Jimmy wants, Jimmy gets!
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11/12/2020 16:42:38 1 0
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It's a waste in this series as he'll have no impact. No saying this for affect - it's just the way it is. Two pacemen is all that'll be required for each test - probably Broad and Stone.
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11/12/2020 12:36:45 5 8
bbc
With the squad picked, I would go for horses for courses.
1) Sibley
2) Crawley
3) Root
4) Lawrence
5) Bairstow
6) Buttler
7) Foakes (wk)
8) Bess
9) Woakes
10) Wood
11) Leach
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11/12/2020 12:52:49 5 2
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It would folly to simply move Crawley and Root up from their best positions. Put YJB or Buttler to open.
And I think you are one bowler light - either Curran or more probably Moen need to play.
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11/12/2020 12:47:29 14 2
bbc
Yet India’s best bowlers are pacemen these days so wouldnt guarantee the pitches are going to raging turners
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11/12/2020 12:53:20 1 0
bbc
Ashwin/Jadeja both have great numbers, especially at home - they've got a great bowling attack for most conditions these days
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RPH
11/12/2020 12:54:36 39 2
bbc
It's a shame that we're not taking a legspinner in the main squad. The key to success last time was just having 3 spinners, but having 3 spinners offering different threats.
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11/12/2020 14:01:58 7 8
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Dan Lawrence can bowl leg spin.
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11/12/2020 12:49:34 2 2
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Who else can open tho?
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11/12/2020 12:55:38 2 10
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Bairstow or foakes
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11/12/2020 12:51:45 20 2
bbc
Why is it a chance to try out youth? Touring Sri Lanka is not the ideal destination to try out youth.
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11/12/2020 12:57:00 3 0
bbc
A number of our normal picks are not here, Burns, Stokes and Pope. So we could test our depth, do we have players who can open against Australia if Burns fails, who do we have for the middle order? Instead we have Bairstow who hasn't been given any real chance to change his red ball technique, and Ali who has been poor for years..
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11/12/2020 12:57:15 48 9
bbc
Still not convinced about any of our spinners and we should pick Foakes as keeper and let Buttler and Bairstow battle it out with the other batsmen for a place in the side.
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11/12/2020 13:24:14 18 4
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Did feel strange how JB was recalled when Foakes is an option and let JB enjoy his white ball cricket.

As we know the Selectors have their own varied ways of Team selection.
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11/12/2020 15:01:03 7 6
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Not entirely sure why Buttler and Bairstow still think they can still play test cricket when all the stats suggest neither of them is very good at either the keeping (both are not good) or batting (Buttler has an truly awful record against top sides) in red ball cricket

Time for both to concentrate on the white ball side to win the T20 world cup
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12/12/2020 07:08:16 0 0
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So we don't send a spinner?
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rpb
12/12/2020 16:39:50 2 0
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I am not convinced that either Buttler or Bairstow can justify a spot as batsman only. Are they among the best five batsman in the country?
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PJB
11/12/2020 12:59:19 18 11
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Great to see Moen back; a true Test all rounder backed up by his stats,

Would also have lied to see Rash alongside.
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11/12/2020 13:10:12 22 2
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Yep would love to see how Rashid would perform in tests now. Miles better a bowler than he was 3-4 years ago.
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gaz
11/12/2020 13:18:34 6 0
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Totally agree,first thing I looked for was to see if Rashid was in the squad?????? The other spinners are same samey by comparison!
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11/12/2020 13:21:49 1 0
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Yes it will be and also see how the hunger is back after time out of the game.

Only he will know within himself if he is completely ready to play back on the scene although he has been playing Internal games.
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11/12/2020 13:25:46 13 0
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Adil’s shoulder probably will not stand up to the demands of a five day test. He has had bursitis which is really painful ( I have experienced it). It is an overuse injury and hard to shake off. Rest and injections is the usual treatment. He has done well to get back to white ball stuff. I would hate to see him sidelined again. Our best spinner by a country mile.
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11/12/2020 12:48:59 5 18
bbc
A rest? That’s a joke. They have hardly played this year. What are they doing now if it’s not having a rest?
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11/12/2020 12:59:31 5 0
bbc
Don’t have a problem with Stokes but why can’t some of these other players take a rest from the IPL and other such tournaments rather than have to rest from international cricket? I think we all know the reason why but I’m afraid the balance has swung too much away from international cricket unfortunately
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11/12/2020 12:46:42 8 2
bbc
90mph on a super slow wicket is a tad bit useless compared to 90mph when the ball is nipping around at home or on fast tracks like on SA or Australia. Dead pitches you go to your spinners as in the subcontinent they are usually dead because they’re Bunsen burners. That’s why Aus don’t take a quartet of their quicks to SL or India.

Haven’t watched the game much, have you?

His pace will
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11/12/2020 13:04:53 1 3
bbc
Agree with needing the spinners. But its a been a constant thing amongst the TV commentators for a long time, that apart from the spinners, if they're not working, you need real pace, not 82mph trundlers.
You dont need to bowl 90+mph when the ball is nipping around, which is why in England we dont traditionally produce many of them.

Havent watched the game much, have you?
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11/12/2020 13:42:00 0 0
bbc
He is far less effective on subcontinent wickets and bowling 20 overs a day at 90mph+ each time isn’t going to happen and isn’t conducive to his long term prospects of staying fit.

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone shouting for Archer to be in on the subcontinent for that very reason. You obviously don’t understand that sheer pace alone is seriously muted by a dead pitch. Trot on to your 4th XI
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11/12/2020 12:39:49 19 6
bbc
Really like both players, and being a Worcester boy always been a big fan of moeen. But I’m really not sure what either player has done to earn a recall. Especially Bairstow. My main worry with moeen is a couple of bad scores/bowling performances and it will knock him back, which I hate to see. I think it would have been fair to give a couple of others a chance.
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sam
11/12/2020 13:08:31 4 0
bbc
Moeen is back as in Sri Lanka we need 3 spinners but in England only 1. Bairstow is back as Burns, Stokes, Pope are all unavailable. They have been dropped from the first choice team but have remained some of the first reserves at all times!
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PJB
11/12/2020 12:59:19 18 11
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Great to see Moen back; a true Test all rounder backed up by his stats,

Would also have lied to see Rash alongside.
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11/12/2020 13:10:12 22 2
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Yep would love to see how Rashid would perform in tests now. Miles better a bowler than he was 3-4 years ago.
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ben
11/12/2020 12:37:44 2 18
bbc
Back to moeen can’t bat can’t bowle not much between the ears surely it’s time to give a young county cricketer ago...... at least you can see bairstow works hard at his game
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11/12/2020 13:11:06 11 1
bbc
I'm fairly sure "moeen" can spell and punctuate better than you, as well as bat and "bowle"
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11/12/2020 12:46:02 52 26
bbc
What is the obsession with Moeen Ali, his career at the top level has nosedived in the last couple of years.
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11/12/2020 13:11:39 22 13
bbc
Have to agree, promising to start with but has failed to kick-on. Not the Swanny replacement we had hoped for.
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11/12/2020 16:35:36 3 1
bbc
he might abandon an Aussie tour (if he makes it) like Swanny though....
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11/12/2020 16:40:10 1 0
bbc
Swanny has gone and we move on, do see where you coming from but wish the new players doing it their way and media keep way from saying there the next ....

Making comparisons to players is just playing on Media attention.

They may have similar traits to what these players just rather let them enjoy.

This Tour will see if England have learnt anything to move forward.
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11/12/2020 17:37:22 5 2
bbc
He's a much better batsman than Swann. His main competition for a place is with Stokes.
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12/12/2020 07:24:16 2 0
bbc
Confidence has a lot to do with form, and individuals differ in their resilience. Moeen is essentially a very capable player, so given the right management his potential is still there to be realised.

Also want to highlight on England's strengths in speed bowling over the years and great to see Olly Stone in the squad, this guy has got wickets in him.
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11/12/2020 12:40:48 13 2
bbc
Hopefully they leave Crawley at 3, rather than move the whole order around to accommodate Burns' absence
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sam
11/12/2020 13:13:36 7 1
bbc
I don't see that as a big problem though! The batting order is less important in Sri Lanka as the new ball makes less difference.
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11/12/2020 13:16:24 4 1
bbc
Yes intriguing Team selection considering many circumstances mixed with experience and new blood .

So a last minute Tour planned and have to respect what the lads have given up to be in the bubbles to play or be part of the set up.

Mixed year too of Cricket so let's the lads enjoy their time off before flying out and then let them get ready for the Tour matches to be played.
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11/12/2020 13:17:04 18 11
bbc
The 3 reserve spinners look more of a threat than 3 we’re taking!
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11/12/2020 19:09:38 4 1
bbc
Don't forget Leach and Moeen were the top bowlers for England in the last series v Sri Lanka. But would agree that it would have been good to have had a leg-spinner in the squad to give added variety. At the moment we're top heavy with off-spinners (Bess, Moeen, Root).
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11/12/2020 13:17:55 4 21
bbc
Stokes needs a permanent rest!
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11/12/2020 17:58:42 3 0
bbc
Think you do,have a lie down.
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PJB
11/12/2020 12:59:19 18 11
bbc
Great to see Moen back; a true Test all rounder backed up by his stats,

Would also have lied to see Rash alongside.
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gaz
11/12/2020 13:18:34 6 0
bbc
Totally agree,first thing I looked for was to see if Rashid was in the squad?????? The other spinners are same samey by comparison!
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11/12/2020 12:48:59 5 18
bbc
A rest? That’s a joke. They have hardly played this year. What are they doing now if it’s not having a rest?
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11/12/2020 13:20:15 2 0
bbc
These Bubbles been set up have been , well nearly super until SA Tour so guess the lads have been in isolation more or less

Yes nowadays life is easier when Touring and support better than the old days too. So in one respect yes why do the lads need rest as they say as they are playing a sport they love

Also it's good to show some respect and support for what they are giving up so WE get cricket
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PJB
11/12/2020 12:59:19 18 11
bbc
Great to see Moen back; a true Test all rounder backed up by his stats,

Would also have lied to see Rash alongside.
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11/12/2020 13:21:49 1 0
bbc
Yes it will be and also see how the hunger is back after time out of the game.

Only he will know within himself if he is completely ready to play back on the scene although he has been playing Internal games.
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RVR
11/12/2020 13:22:03 2 1
bbc
It will be interesting to see what Lawrence can do for Brisbane Heat ,having taken over from Banton. Run out today for 8! Seem to recall that he spins a bit too. Good luck to him.
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11/12/2020 13:24:02 12 13
bbc
Joe Root is a mate of Bairstows!

B, "Joe mate, please can get me back in the Test squad?"
R, "Jonny I'll see what I can do"
B, "Joe, cheers mate"
R, "Jonny, managed to get the fools to let you back in, you owe me one"
B, "Joe cheers mate, will double figures with the bat do?"
R, "Jonny that's fine but a stiff challenge for you at test level no?"
B, "Joe mate, it is but only you could get me in"
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11/12/2020 16:12:24 2 4
bbc
Wrong in just about every aspect. Other than that hilarious - NOT
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11/12/2020 19:24:22 1 0
bbc
Bit cheeky but funny.
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11/12/2020 12:57:15 48 9
bbc
Still not convinced about any of our spinners and we should pick Foakes as keeper and let Buttler and Bairstow battle it out with the other batsmen for a place in the side.
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11/12/2020 13:24:14 18 4
bbc
Did feel strange how JB was recalled when Foakes is an option and let JB enjoy his white ball cricket.

As we know the Selectors have their own varied ways of Team selection.
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11/12/2020 14:19:56 4 1
bbc
I do agree that Foakes deserves a shot! Struggling trying to differentiate your JB between Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow though!!!
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12/12/2020 08:40:25 1 0
bbc
Id be pretty confident in predicting Foakes has the gloves in India...this Sri Lanka 2 Tester has all the hallmarks of an "oh do we really have to?" trip...could be dangerous & not ideal preparation for India (if that happens). Unsure what,s happened to Jennings as im sure they had him pencilled in for Asia too.
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RVR
11/12/2020 13:24:49 2 2
bbc
Had meant to add that neither Crane nor Virdi have done very much for ages at domestic level...A lot of expectation...
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PJB
11/12/2020 12:59:19 18 11
bbc
Great to see Moen back; a true Test all rounder backed up by his stats,

Would also have lied to see Rash alongside.
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11/12/2020 13:25:46 13 0
bbc
Adil’s shoulder probably will not stand up to the demands of a five day test. He has had bursitis which is really painful ( I have experienced it). It is an overuse injury and hard to shake off. Rest and injections is the usual treatment. He has done well to get back to white ball stuff. I would hate to see him sidelined again. Our best spinner by a country mile.
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11/12/2020 13:32:04 6 0
bbc
Yes good about as someone else previously commented on his body not boring well over a 5 day game, in fact a bit like Morgan too.
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gaz
11/12/2020 13:51:39 6 0
bbc
Thanks for sharing Hector.That explains it.
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11/12/2020 17:47:15 2 0
bbc
In the past he hasn't expressed much desire to play Test cricket. I don't know if the shoulder problem has anything to do with it.
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11/12/2020 13:25:53 15 2
bbc
Bit light on the batting, but Bairstow and Lawrence are good choices. Surprised that Keaton Jennings wasn't considered as an opener and expert short leg after his success on the sub-continent last time.
Hoping to see Joe Root regain his confidence with some big scores. He's fallen some way behind the big 3 of Smith, Kohli and Williamson and this would be a good tour for him to start converting.
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CAT
11/12/2020 15:16:40 10 0
bbc
It's interesting isn't it. We have no problems changing the bowling when touring the subcontinent but never consider picking specialist batsmen
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tes
11/12/2020 16:38:35 1 4
bbc
Jennings, really ?
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11/12/2020 17:35:16 5 0
bbc
I agree about Jennings. He could have added some sub-continent experience to the batting and been another option as an opener, provided the selectors only saw him as an option for this tour. His batting has not been good enough in tests elsewhere.
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11/12/2020 12:45:49 22 6
bbc
Yeah I'm thinking the same about Bairstow. It's like the set-up are worried he's gonna beat them up or something because he keeps whining. It might be best to leave him in white ball as he could knacker himself if by tightening up his technique for tests it could ruin what makes him a force in short form.
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SAM
11/12/2020 13:26:04 10 3
bbc
Evidence of Bairstow whining? Or just more inexplicable vitriol towards him. This is a guy with 6 test hundreds, 3 scores in the 90s and who has played a number of innings to dig England out of trouble, or create winning positions. What's not to like about that? Also don't forget how much he has been shunted around to accommodate others - imagine having to do that AND perform at the top level.
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mj
11/12/2020 17:12:09 3 0
bbc
You're absolutely right of course. Up to the point when he suffered hand damage, he would have been the second name on most peoples test team picks. He had a fine record, after a shaky start. Letting him play nursing such an injury was a bad decision on someone's part. From that point on his Test form has deteriorated. Things always move on. Let's hope the players have an enjoyable tour.
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11/12/2020 13:26:52 9 8
bbc
How many more chances does Jonny Bairstow get and why are 3 wicket keepers required.
Anderson is useless in the sub continent.
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11/12/2020 14:00:12 6 1
bbc
60 wickets at 31.25 is good enough for a seamer
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11/12/2020 13:27:31 1 2
bbc
Posted something earlier in a reply ...

Right so called Sky have revolutions the game with its Technology and money into the game. So therefore they want payback via as much Cricket possible whether White or Red ball although they prefer White ball as it sells better.

So therefore the lads are playing non stop nearly and also must be aware of this, so why sign up for Teams then pull out.
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11/12/2020 13:29:57 2 3
bbc
I am aware of certain players situations and will not deny Stokes time out but he was being released anyway for last part of the SA Tour.

Some players need to look at if they want the Money rewards or satisfaction of playing and making Counties happy plus their Country too.
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11/12/2020 13:27:31 1 2
bbc
Posted something earlier in a reply ...

Right so called Sky have revolutions the game with its Technology and money into the game. So therefore they want payback via as much Cricket possible whether White or Red ball although they prefer White ball as it sells better.

So therefore the lads are playing non stop nearly and also must be aware of this, so why sign up for Teams then pull out.
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11/12/2020 13:29:57 2 3
bbc
I am aware of certain players situations and will not deny Stokes time out but he was being released anyway for last part of the SA Tour.

Some players need to look at if they want the Money rewards or satisfaction of playing and making Counties happy plus their Country too.
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ben
11/12/2020 12:37:44 2 18
bbc
Back to moeen can’t bat can’t bowle not much between the ears surely it’s time to give a young county cricketer ago...... at least you can see bairstow works hard at his game
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11/12/2020 13:30:07 4 0
bbc
I refer you to Yorkshire - Worcestershire at Scarborough in 2018, Moeen scored 219 in the first innings and took 6 wickets in Yorkshire's second innings for a Worcestershire win by an innings and 186 runs.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/county-div-one-2018-1127612/yorkshire-vs-worcestershire-1127651/full-scorecard
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11/12/2020 13:25:46 13 0
bbc
Adil’s shoulder probably will not stand up to the demands of a five day test. He has had bursitis which is really painful ( I have experienced it). It is an overuse injury and hard to shake off. Rest and injections is the usual treatment. He has done well to get back to white ball stuff. I would hate to see him sidelined again. Our best spinner by a country mile.
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11/12/2020 13:32:04 6 0
bbc
Yes good about as someone else previously commented on his body not boring well over a 5 day game, in fact a bit like Morgan too.
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11/12/2020 13:33:31 7 7
bbc
I've got no idea why Bairstow keeps getting back in - he's done nothing but go backwards in tests for over 2 years now. Keep him for white ball cricket!
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11/12/2020 13:34:51 3 16
bbc
looking at that team now i would think that this line up maybe start-

sibley
buttler
crawley
root(c)
bairstow(wk)
moeen
bess
leach
s.curran
broad
anderson

i think that playing & bowling spin will be the key & buttler plays it well so i put him opening with sibley, i go anderson & broad because of their experience, sam curran usually does good job & gives something different with ball.
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11/12/2020 13:52:31 3 1
bbc
Article says Jos to keep wicket and that Foakes will get some game time as keeper too, so is Jonny only there to keep up the numbers
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11/12/2020 18:02:20 0 2
bbc
Leach at 8?That batting line up has 50 all out all over it.If Mooen is picket asa spinner but never turns it bat him at 10 where there is no expectation because he will let England down
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11/12/2020 13:35:14 7 4
bbc
The selectors never fail to disappoint. 3 wks and 4 fast bowlers? This was a good opportunity lost to blood some new guys
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11/12/2020 13:35:59 4 4
bbc
Where is Rashid?
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11/12/2020 13:43:58 7 1
bbc
Didn't he rule himself out of red-ball cricket?
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Mks
11/12/2020 13:49:45 5 0
bbc
He said on both radio and tv recently that he does not trust his shoulder to stand up to more than 20 or 50 over cricket i.e. not bowling more than a maximum 4 overs or 20 overs, respectively. With two World T20 Cups and a 50 over World Cup in the next three years, he has proven success and also time to rest. Playing Test cricket created more injuries than success and harms his T20/ODI success.
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11/12/2020 13:39:15 4 12
bbc
I BELIEVE IT IS THE WRONG DECICISON IN BRINGING BACK ALI,I THINK HE IS FINISHED AS IT SHOWED THIS SUMMER,ALSO BAIRSTOW IS A STRANGE CALL UP,WOULD LIKE TO SEE FOAKES BEHIND THE STUMPS AS I BELIEVE HE IS MORE SKILLED THAN JOS IN THESE CONDITIONS.
GOOD CALL ON JOFRA AND BEN.
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11/12/2020 13:47:39 8 1
bbc
Dean you have caps lock on
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11/12/2020 14:25:28 0 1
bbc
DICICISION
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11/12/2020 13:04:53 1 3
bbc
Agree with needing the spinners. But its a been a constant thing amongst the TV commentators for a long time, that apart from the spinners, if they're not working, you need real pace, not 82mph trundlers.
You dont need to bowl 90+mph when the ball is nipping around, which is why in England we dont traditionally produce many of them.

Havent watched the game much, have you?
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11/12/2020 13:42:00 0 0
bbc
He is far less effective on subcontinent wickets and bowling 20 overs a day at 90mph+ each time isn’t going to happen and isn’t conducive to his long term prospects of staying fit.

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone shouting for Archer to be in on the subcontinent for that very reason. You obviously don’t understand that sheer pace alone is seriously muted by a dead pitch. Trot on to your 4th XI
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11/12/2020 13:43:53 3 1
bbc
Can't see any glaring omissions.....except perhaps Craig Overton. He's developed a lot and as well as being brilliant in the field is a more than handy bat.
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11/12/2020 13:35:59 4 4
bbc
Where is Rashid?
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11/12/2020 13:43:58 7 1
bbc
Didn't he rule himself out of red-ball cricket?
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11/12/2020 13:39:15 4 12
bbc
I BELIEVE IT IS THE WRONG DECICISON IN BRINGING BACK ALI,I THINK HE IS FINISHED AS IT SHOWED THIS SUMMER,ALSO BAIRSTOW IS A STRANGE CALL UP,WOULD LIKE TO SEE FOAKES BEHIND THE STUMPS AS I BELIEVE HE IS MORE SKILLED THAN JOS IN THESE CONDITIONS.
GOOD CALL ON JOFRA AND BEN.
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11/12/2020 13:47:39 8 1
bbc
Dean you have caps lock on
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11/12/2020 13:35:59 4 4
bbc
Where is Rashid?
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Mks
11/12/2020 13:49:45 5 0
bbc
He said on both radio and tv recently that he does not trust his shoulder to stand up to more than 20 or 50 over cricket i.e. not bowling more than a maximum 4 overs or 20 overs, respectively. With two World T20 Cups and a 50 over World Cup in the next three years, he has proven success and also time to rest. Playing Test cricket created more injuries than success and harms his T20/ODI success.
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11/12/2020 12:41:56 24 0
bbc
How about the stress of losing a parent?
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11/12/2020 13:50:30 2 0
bbc
Fair comment but I dealt with it playing Sport and throwing myself into coaching too with in the sport .

Yes everyone has different ways of dealing with bereavement just some people like to type before they think what they are typing.
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11/12/2020 16:40:13 0 0
bbc
That's a bit pompous isn't it?
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11/12/2020 13:25:46 13 0
bbc
Adil’s shoulder probably will not stand up to the demands of a five day test. He has had bursitis which is really painful ( I have experienced it). It is an overuse injury and hard to shake off. Rest and injections is the usual treatment. He has done well to get back to white ball stuff. I would hate to see him sidelined again. Our best spinner by a country mile.
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gaz
11/12/2020 13:51:39 6 0
bbc
Thanks for sharing Hector.That explains it.
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11/12/2020 13:34:51 3 16
bbc
looking at that team now i would think that this line up maybe start-

sibley
buttler
crawley
root(c)
bairstow(wk)
moeen
bess
leach
s.curran
broad
anderson

i think that playing & bowling spin will be the key & buttler plays it well so i put him opening with sibley, i go anderson & broad because of their experience, sam curran usually does good job & gives something different with ball.
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11/12/2020 13:52:31 3 1
bbc
Article says Jos to keep wicket and that Foakes will get some game time as keeper too, so is Jonny only there to keep up the numbers
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11/12/2020 13:56:32 1 0
bbc
Good pun there Keith or just the way it is ... Yes strange why JB going as understood to cover Pope so must be as a batsman but as you say keep the number up.
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11/12/2020 14:11:27 0 0
bbc
sorry missed that bit so i would amend my team by -
sibley
crawley
root
bairstow
buttler(wk)
moeen
bess
leach
s,curran
broad
anderson

i am okay with foakes getting in at some stage though but it is all down to personal opinions, i prefer joe at 4 but couldn.t do that with these options!,

on another tack can i just say that i think the south africa spat is 6 of one & half a dozen of the other!.
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11/12/2020 13:54:28 3 3
bbc
It will be interesting to see what the batting line up will be with England missing the usual numbers 1, 5 and 6. I would probably go with this team:

Sibley
Crawley
Lawrence
Root (c)
Bairstow
Moeen
Butler (W)
Curran/Woakes
Bess
Broad
Wood

Surely Wood has to play with archer missing as he’s our only genuine pace option. I would play Anderson in second test if broad doesn’t perform
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11/12/2020 14:31:41 1 1
bbc
I agree with the top 7, would ideally want Leach in place of Broad to bowl for some variety and it would be between Curran and Stone for the last place. Nothing against Broad but would prefer a spinner to a seamer.
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11/12/2020 13:54:31 23 2
bbc
it is good to read such civilised comments on HYS. the vitriole one reads on other topics is puerile and vindictive, the only exception is charlieboy, who is nobody's darling. welcome back to Moeen and Bairstow
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11/12/2020 13:59:26 16 2
bbc
Good for Ali as said earlier and be interesting to see how he manages the game time.

Would have rather let JB play his white ball cricket and shame not playing in Oz.

Yes in fact several comment lately from posters saying how refreshed to come on a HYS sport and see civilised comments although at times can be heated .
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11/12/2020 14:48:52 6 0
bbc
I suppose in cricket everyone who follows it more or less supports the same team (England) and rivalries between counties aren't as strong as in football, for example.

The football HYS are just a cesspit of childish insults against any team that isn't your own, on top of international rivalries and a bizarre hatred of women footballers.
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11/12/2020 16:39:28 6 0
bbc
That's because Test cricket, and it's followers, are a cut above other sports and past-times.
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11/12/2020 13:52:31 3 1
bbc
Article says Jos to keep wicket and that Foakes will get some game time as keeper too, so is Jonny only there to keep up the numbers
79
11/12/2020 13:56:32 1 0
bbc
Good pun there Keith or just the way it is ... Yes strange why JB going as understood to cover Pope so must be as a batsman but as you say keep the number up.
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11/12/2020 13:57:43 1 1
bbc
i notice that i have a few down votes on my team suggestion&that is okay as it is all about opinions!,i include 4 spinners(maybe 3& half with due respect to joe),i have plenty of experience&a line up that bats nearly all the way down!,a batting line up with players who can dig in alongside those who can sensibly dominate spin.

just as an aside,i think the south africa spat is 6 of 1&half a dozen
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11/12/2020 14:04:21 3 2
bbc
With all due respect to Root and Ali, your team has, at best, two and a half spinners in it.
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11/12/2020 13:54:31 23 2
bbc
it is good to read such civilised comments on HYS. the vitriole one reads on other topics is puerile and vindictive, the only exception is charlieboy, who is nobody's darling. welcome back to Moeen and Bairstow
81
11/12/2020 13:59:26 16 2
bbc
Good for Ali as said earlier and be interesting to see how he manages the game time.

Would have rather let JB play his white ball cricket and shame not playing in Oz.

Yes in fact several comment lately from posters saying how refreshed to come on a HYS sport and see civilised comments although at times can be heated .
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11/12/2020 13:26:52 9 8
bbc
How many more chances does Jonny Bairstow get and why are 3 wicket keepers required.
Anderson is useless in the sub continent.
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11/12/2020 14:00:12 6 1
bbc
60 wickets at 31.25 is good enough for a seamer
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11/12/2020 14:00:44 13 0
bbc
Nice to see Dan Lawrence given a chance - he’s struggled in the last couple of years on lots of dodgy pitches around the counties but he’s a real talent. Of course, Essex will miss him if he kicks on in test cricket - our success has been built on having a full squad available every game.
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11/12/2020 14:01:20 7 3
bbc
With two tests in Sri Lanka followed by four in India England will need their best spinner and best 'keeper. As long as Leach and Foakes play I'm not too fussed what they do with the rest of the team, but I'm not holding my breath.
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RPH
11/12/2020 12:54:36 39 2
bbc
It's a shame that we're not taking a legspinner in the main squad. The key to success last time was just having 3 spinners, but having 3 spinners offering different threats.
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11/12/2020 14:01:58 7 8
bbc
Dan Lawrence can bowl leg spin.
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11/12/2020 14:20:37 2 1
bbc
Or sibley. He got a couple of seeds in him.
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11/12/2020 15:05:07 10 1
bbc
So can I, but I doubt I'll get the call. Shame really. Fancied a bit of sun..
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RPH
11/12/2020 16:33:48 4 0
bbc
Dan Lawrence bowls offspin...
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11/12/2020 13:57:43 1 1
bbc
i notice that i have a few down votes on my team suggestion&that is okay as it is all about opinions!,i include 4 spinners(maybe 3& half with due respect to joe),i have plenty of experience&a line up that bats nearly all the way down!,a batting line up with players who can dig in alongside those who can sensibly dominate spin.

just as an aside,i think the south africa spat is 6 of 1&half a dozen
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11/12/2020 14:04:21 3 2
bbc
With all due respect to Root and Ali, your team has, at best, two and a half spinners in it.
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11/12/2020 14:08:04 2 3
bbc
Lawrence is a real talent but isn't yet the full deal. On those pitches, and with the fragility of the rest of the order, Denly really should have been picked to bat at three.
76
11/12/2020 13:52:31 3 1
bbc
Article says Jos to keep wicket and that Foakes will get some game time as keeper too, so is Jonny only there to keep up the numbers
88
11/12/2020 14:11:27 0 0
bbc
sorry missed that bit so i would amend my team by -
sibley
crawley
root
bairstow
buttler(wk)
moeen
bess
leach
s,curran
broad
anderson

i am okay with foakes getting in at some stage though but it is all down to personal opinions, i prefer joe at 4 but couldn.t do that with these options!,

on another tack can i just say that i think the south africa spat is 6 of one & half a dozen of the other!.
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11/12/2020 16:34:50 1 0
bbc
Joe will bat where he wants too and not for the the Team. Yes be nice for him at 3 and can well do a decent job, although Crawley on the scene now so just a shame Burns not available but sometimes you do have to out family first .

So has Johnny or Ali in the team to Open with Dom. Seeing as they keep getting shunted up and down the batting order.
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11/12/2020 14:14:23 3 5
bbc
Moeen is properly broken - he really had a clue in the summer in white ball cricket and it is not helping him personally to keep on with this

The alternative of giving Rashid a run out in red ball cricket to see whether he might be ok for India doesn't appear to have crossed anyone's mind

A 4-0 defeat in India is almost certain without something unusual to go to with the ball.
90
11/12/2020 14:18:23 4 4
bbc
I would have thought this was a trip that would suit letting Foakes have a run with the gloves. Even if he isn't considered, Bairstow is better than Buttler behind the stumps. So, it does look very odd.
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mj
11/12/2020 16:54:18 4 0
bbc
Even if YJB doesn't keep wicket he'll still be one of the best fielders in the team, He often demonstrates this in white ball cricket. I like Moeen but cannot see what he has done in the past two years to justify a recall. Good luck to them all.
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11/12/2020 13:24:14 18 4
bbc
Did feel strange how JB was recalled when Foakes is an option and let JB enjoy his white ball cricket.

As we know the Selectors have their own varied ways of Team selection.
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11/12/2020 14:19:56 4 1
bbc
I do agree that Foakes deserves a shot! Struggling trying to differentiate your JB between Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow though!!!
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11/12/2020 15:58:30 3 0
bbc
Yes of course git so used to typing JB for Johnny ... Maybe YJB or Johnny. ??.
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11/12/2020 14:20:00 0 6
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Sibley
Crawley
Root (c)
Bairstow
Buttler
Foakes (W)
Moeen
Bess
Broad
Wood
Anderson

Bairstow can swap to 3 for Joe if need be.
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11/12/2020 20:19:47 2 0
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Bairstow is I'm afraid only about a million miles away from being a Test class 3/4. When last seen he had massive technical flaws and at times seemed to have a bit of an attitude problem. That's pretty much the opposite of what you want in those pivotal roles.
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11/12/2020 21:16:01 0 0
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Bairstow, Moeen, and Bess, all in the same side ???

If thats the case we may as well stay at home !
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11/12/2020 14:20:06 1 3
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3 wicket keepers and 3 part spinners (a bit harsh on Leach but he's hardly Ashwin)

Selectors just trying to show they really know nothing about cricket

Bess was played in the summer for no good reason and it turns out our best spinner is actually Joe Root based on recent stats

Anderson, Broad, Woakes, Curran and Wood going to work on their tans I'm thinking certainly 2 seamers too many
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11/12/2020 14:01:58 7 8
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Dan Lawrence can bowl leg spin.
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11/12/2020 14:20:37 2 1
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Or sibley. He got a couple of seeds in him.
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11/12/2020 12:46:02 52 26
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What is the obsession with Moeen Ali, his career at the top level has nosedived in the last couple of years.
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11/12/2020 14:21:20 20 0
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Probably the fact he was the top wicket taker in Sri Lanka 2 years ago and there is a dearth of quality spin options.
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11/12/2020 14:24:35 32 3
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Glad to see Moeen back, but a bit worried about his form. I have always liked Moeen so good luck sir and hope the bowling and batting return to how you can perform.
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11/12/2020 18:14:15 9 16
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Being a nice bloke doesnt cut it. His form is awful but more importantly never seems to understand what his role is or how he should play. For me he should be yesterday’s news and we should be moving on from him.
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12/12/2020 07:12:18 1 0
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I agree with your sentments
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11/12/2020 14:25:06 0 4
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I can understand Archer being rested but it seems strange to be resting Stokes if he's fit and in the right frame of mind given the amount of cricket he has already missed.
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11/12/2020 13:39:15 4 12
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I BELIEVE IT IS THE WRONG DECICISON IN BRINGING BACK ALI,I THINK HE IS FINISHED AS IT SHOWED THIS SUMMER,ALSO BAIRSTOW IS A STRANGE CALL UP,WOULD LIKE TO SEE FOAKES BEHIND THE STUMPS AS I BELIEVE HE IS MORE SKILLED THAN JOS IN THESE CONDITIONS.
GOOD CALL ON JOFRA AND BEN.
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11/12/2020 14:25:28 0 1
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DICICISION
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11/12/2020 21:24:14 3 0
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If you're going to be so pompous as to criticise someone else's spelling..... then at least have the decency to get your own spelling right !

And please remember, just because someone demonstrates poor spelling or poor grammar it doesn't make them any less entitled to express their opinion.
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11/12/2020 13:54:28 3 3
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It will be interesting to see what the batting line up will be with England missing the usual numbers 1, 5 and 6. I would probably go with this team:

Sibley
Crawley
Lawrence
Root (c)
Bairstow
Moeen
Butler (W)
Curran/Woakes
Bess
Broad
Wood

Surely Wood has to play with archer missing as he’s our only genuine pace option. I would play Anderson in second test if broad doesn’t perform
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11/12/2020 14:31:41 1 1
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I agree with the top 7, would ideally want Leach in place of Broad to bowl for some variety and it would be between Curran and Stone for the last place. Nothing against Broad but would prefer a spinner to a seamer.
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11/12/2020 16:29:18 1 0
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Difficult one with the bowlers isn’t it. I love Jimmy but not sure it’s worth playing him. Save him for English conditions.
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11/12/2020 14:31:44 2 0
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We really don't know how the covid19 related protracted season had affected these cricketers. So perhaps it is best not to critique too much until we see them turn out against Srilanka.