Stokes and Archer return for India tour
21/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 548
All-rounder Ben Stokes and fast bowler Jofra Archer return to the England squad for the first two Tests of the tour of India.
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21/01/2021 13:50:31 1 1
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Predictable
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21/01/2021 13:53:35 83 6
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Blimey,if Wood gets any more rest he’ll be a sleeping partner in the squad. Bairstow needs to play,he’s a player who thrives on being under pressure.
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21/01/2021 15:58:19 13 8
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Thrives under pressure, switches off when not. Don't mind them resting him if it means he scores runs when he comes back in but his inconsistency when consistently selected was certainly an issue.
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21/01/2021 20:05:21 3 0
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I think we need to ask Bairstow. He has "bubbled " along for some time now. He, I imagine would simply like to get home for a bit.
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21/01/2021 21:03:05 3 0
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The lad as been under biosecure living conditions since last summer, give him a break it must be mentally heavy, I have only had three weeks of it and it is doing my head in...
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22/01/2021 12:11:11 0 0
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So much bubble time must be very, very tiring. The mental side of cricket is a huge deal and the Covid precautions must have a detrimental effect. I'm stir crazy being cooped up at home, so what those guys must be feeling like is anyone's guess.
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21/01/2021 13:55:13 122 20
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Bairstow doesn't need resting. Also one of our best players of spin. Very strange.
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21/01/2021 15:27:56 51 12
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Stupid. Who knows why his face doesn’t fit but it clearly doesn’t as this defies logic on pure cricketing grounds
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21/01/2021 15:28:38 9 15
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Personally not sure he should be in the Test team during such an important T20 year. I think his place in the Sri Lanka team was very much a stop gap.
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21/01/2021 15:49:56 19 7
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Sadly Bairstow’s face does not fit.
He has been treated very badly , yet is one of the most successful players in India.
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21/01/2021 16:22:43 13 6
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One decent game doesn't make up for years of poor performances. India also have much better pace options than Sri Lanka, which is what he struggles at.
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21/01/2021 16:54:21 3 5
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Bairstow has not been supported. Seems he’s been cast aside. Prefer to see him in the side than Sibley
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21/01/2021 17:07:08 8 2
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He certainly doesn't but I wonder whether its more to do with how he is coping with living in a secure bubble. On interview this week he
was saying how very difficult he is finding it. Just a thought.
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21/01/2021 17:08:24 3 0
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Quite agree with this Matthew. What a strange decision to rest 3 main players for the first half of the tour. Surely we want our best players available for all matches?
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21/01/2021 19:02:57 3 0
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I like Bairstow, he’s a good cricketer, but he chose to focus on his white ball game and it affected his Test performances. He looks hungrier now and I think will be back after his break. Pope and Lawrence will provide competition and Buttler is the better keeper, so good problem to have. 3 might be a good spot for him with Burns or Sibley missing out.
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21/01/2021 19:14:19 1 4
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Bairstow should be in the ODI and T20 team but not in the test team. He does not have the patience and discipline required. He sells his wicket cheaply
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21/01/2021 19:21:13 1 0
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Read the article
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21/01/2021 19:44:57 0 0
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He ran Joe out and so cant play till he says sorry
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21/01/2021 21:59:23 0 0
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And he is a wicketkeeper
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21/01/2021 22:11:36 3 0
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Bairstow made a real point of having been in a bio-secure bubble for most of the summer and then into this month when he was interviewed after the 1st test. It's not just about being rested from games but being allowed to see his family and spend time outside of a hotel. I know many will say that's a life of luxury but he genuinely looked pained when talking about it.
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21/01/2021 13:58:34 36 4
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Strange timing, hours before a series decider in which all three 'rested' players will play.
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21/01/2021 14:03:01 18 0
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These decisions have been made long before today I would hope but with the ECB you just never know lol
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21/01/2021 15:06:40 3 0
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Isn't that the point though? Curran and Wood will have played both tests so they are rested for the next. No point resting Olly Stone for example is there?
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21/01/2021 13:59:49 3 1
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Does this mean Root and Stokes could rest themselves for tests three and four?

??
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21/01/2021 14:02:57 30 18
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Ridiculous to “rest” Johnny Bairstow who thrives on playing and always gives 110% - in and out strategy is counter productive to top batsmen - and best keeper.
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21/01/2021 15:54:33 11 25
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No Foakes is the best keeper and a better test bat than Bairstow.
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21/01/2021 18:29:44 0 2
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butler is better keeper and higher batting average in india
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21/01/2021 13:58:34 36 4
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Strange timing, hours before a series decider in which all three 'rested' players will play.
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21/01/2021 14:03:01 18 0
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These decisions have been made long before today I would hope but with the ECB you just never know lol
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21/01/2021 14:34:23 1 0
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Spot on as we will never know how the Selectors work.

Yes it was preplanned for the players whom missed this Series would be back in too.
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J
21/01/2021 14:04:31 4 4
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Its India all the way!
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21/01/2021 14:06:48 19 3
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Perhaps someone can explain why there needs to be a selected squad while also taking 6 reserves? Why not just a squad including all of them? If a home team need a new player during a series they just select one from everyone in the country, (ie They are not limited to a certain list of players) so what's the difference ?
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21/01/2021 14:51:38 13 1
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Probably so they don't have to pay them as much! Needed one of the leg spinners in the main squad though!
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21/01/2021 14:58:43 2 0
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Contract and money probably
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21/01/2021 16:25:51 3 0
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In this case I think the reserves are kept separate from the 'bubble' in case of a Covid outbreak in the main squad.
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21/01/2021 17:26:19 1 1
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You only need to look at what happened to the India squad on the tour of Australia to answer your question. Net bowlers have to come from England's own bubble etc. replacements cannot be flown out as and when must also come from the bubble
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Sam
21/01/2021 18:55:16 0 0
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Bubble!
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21/01/2021 22:55:23 0 0
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Home countries ARE limited to cricketers in the bubble. You just can't pick anyone without them doing the quarantine before entering the bubble. For example Australia had 5 players only to choose from outside of their team in the recent series against India. They didn't use them (they should have), but could not pick from outside that bubble.
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21/01/2021 14:08:53 45 19
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Does butler never get a rest , chance for foakes to shine OR are they scared that he will be better than him
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21/01/2021 14:17:31 28 1
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He is clearly a better 'keeper ... but remember that Alan Knott was preferred to Bob Taylor; Alec Stewart to Jack Russell (or any number of good 'keepers) so it's nothing new. You can't really count up the costs of missed chances to get a proper assessment, either.
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21/01/2021 14:18:27 8 1
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They've previously said Buttler will be rested for 3rd and 4th Tests. No Pressure on poor Foakes having not played for over a year?? Would have made sense for him to play at least one game against SL?
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21/01/2021 14:26:39 6 0
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Maybe they've updated it since you read it, but in this very article it says Buttler will fly home after the 1st test
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21/01/2021 16:26:43 1 0
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Uhm read the article.
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21/01/2021 17:17:50 3 1
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A keeper has to be able to bat these days and Foakes's first class numbers stack up. So give him a chance I say.
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21/01/2021 17:28:26 1 1
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Don't understand why Foakes isn't getting a go in this test, or more sensibly if Buttler is definitely playing in the 1st test in India Foakes should have played 1st against Sri Lanka and Buttler the 2nd v SR and 1st in India
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21/01/2021 21:31:22 0 0
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I don't understand why Foakes doesn't get picked. He's the better gloveman and averages 40+ with the bat overseas. No brainer to pick him over the lesser-keepers who average mid-30...
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21/01/2021 14:10:43 19 19
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Bairstow over Buttler in the test format for me any day of the week
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21/01/2021 14:29:27 5 4
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Bairstow bats way better when not keeping. Neither should be the test keeper though.
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21/01/2021 14:12:19 109 10
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Any chance of terrestrial TV showing at least the daily highlights for us peasants who refuse/cannot afford to cough up ridiculous amounts to satellite stations? No, probably not.
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21/01/2021 14:14:14 19 3
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Channel 5 normally come to rescue....
Mobdro. It's free. Removed
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JT
21/01/2021 14:54:49 16 34
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Sky's only £25 a month. Compared to the license tax (essentially no live sport and endless identity politics) it's a bargain
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21/01/2021 15:13:43 2 2
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Sky didn't even pick this series up - Who usually put out a highlights package at the end of the days' play.

Believe Disney + and Hotstar have the UK rights (more monthly subscriptions) with 2 games each (again, odd). No idea what kind of highlights they will release for free, if at all.
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21/01/2021 15:21:42 4 2
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You can often get the highlights on 'You Tube' if you look around. I did for this last Test v Sri Lanka and last away series v South Africa.
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21/01/2021 15:46:40 11 7
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How I miss TV cricket. Sky may have put money in but they must get more out.
Even if I could afford pay per view I refuse to be held over a barrel. I can live without my cricket religion on TV, I cannot live without keeping a roof over the families head and feeding/clothing them. Sadly that is the stark reality many cricket lovers face. No longer an elitist sport? As far as Sky is concerned it is.
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21/01/2021 16:25:47 3 1
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Get yourself a NOW TV box - costs less than £20 last time i looked - normally come with loads of free passes - can watch a test match for less than £10! - hardly a fortune. Oh and "satellite stations" - no such thing anymore!
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21/01/2021 17:08:55 1 1
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Guys download BCCI app, they put all the highlights every day.
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21/01/2021 17:19:19 1 0
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The ECB YouTube channel and website provide neat highlights packages for each day. You can choose between a 5 minute or 15 minute version in most instances. I believe Sky add bits and pieces on YouTube too.

Sure, it's not the full Channel 5 style highlights, but it's good enough to keep me entertained.
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21/01/2021 17:53:37 5 4
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Not on the bbc. They’d rather put £150M towards aggressive pursuit of diversity targets.
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21/01/2021 18:13:33 0 0
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you got more chance of live morris dancing
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21/01/2021 18:43:44 0 0
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you can pay £25 a month fror Now TV and watch Premier League, Rugby as well, a NOWTV stick for your HDMI costs £25. I have attended many cricket matches and would be in India apart from covid and the average fan isn't a single parent on benefits using a food bank but someone who can put £25 worth of petrol in their car or spend it on a meal without wincing.
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21/01/2021 20:03:51 0 0
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I would welcome terrestrial daily highlights but the argument about cost is long gone. No longer is a dish required and a temporary month long payment costs no more than a couple of pints of beer or for posher people smashed avocado on toast. Hardly a ridiculous cost. I also understand refusal...as sky sports is a Murdoch enterprise. He is not on everyone's menu.
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21/01/2021 22:40:36 0 0
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Quite agree. TMS is great, but an hour's highlights would be brilliant.
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22/01/2021 07:46:08 0 0
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You can always find highlights somewhere on YouTube
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21/01/2021 14:12:22 7 7
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Moeen again? Bairstow must have upset someone in the hierarchy
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21/01/2021 14:19:40 3 4
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Agree entirely. Can anyone honestly say he is a much better bowler than Root who gives us a third spinner ? And Root can bat a bit.
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21/01/2021 14:12:41 1 7
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shorely this test series should not go ahead with so many covid cases in al country why does it need to go head
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21/01/2021 16:03:20 1 1
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Is English your third language or did you type after a few beers?
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21/01/2021 14:13:10 24 21
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Bairstow's average across 2018 and 2019 was 24. Why people then think that 1 half decent game against a poor SL means he deserves a place in the side is beyond me.

We're finally building a good batting unit with high potential, and they need to be tested in a very difficult setting like India.

Why throw that all away for someone who's proven time and time again that he's not good enough?
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21/01/2021 14:22:09 9 5
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He has a test batting average of 35 - Who in the side has higher exactly?
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21/01/2021 15:43:00 3 0
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JB has batted everywhere from 1-7. In test matches an attacking player like him needs to be 5 or 6 only 7 if used as wicketkeeper. He is probably our best outfielder bar stokes too
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21/01/2021 16:04:53 0 2
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what the welsh no about cricket i ve just dropped down the loo
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21/01/2021 14:13:37 1 0
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This is going to be a really good series. There could be a lot of runs unless early wickets are not taken...
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21/01/2021 14:13:44 13 14
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Very unfair on Bairstow.Smacks of favouritism.
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21/01/2021 14:16:37 11 7
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Look back over the years. There is a long history of Yorkshire players being overlooked for test matches. Tend to speak their minds which is not popular at Lords!
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21/01/2021 14:17:21 3 4
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Absolutely agree with your comment. He's been messed about so much and suffered a loss.of form . Came back and we saw a glimpse of the old YJB
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21/01/2021 14:32:11 6 4
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Bairstow shouldn't be anywhere near the test team based on his recent record.
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21/01/2021 14:12:19 109 10
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Any chance of terrestrial TV showing at least the daily highlights for us peasants who refuse/cannot afford to cough up ridiculous amounts to satellite stations? No, probably not.
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21/01/2021 14:14:14 19 3
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Channel 5 normally come to rescue....
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21/01/2021 22:52:55 0 0
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SKY don't show it! Its on BT! SKY used to give highlights to C4! BT don't give any highlight's of Champion's league, SKY used to let ITV show games on Tuesdays ! BT nothing
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21/01/2021 14:14:15 0 0
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Why does the headline say first two tests played in Ahmedabad and the text say the first two tests are in Chennai?
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21/01/2021 14:28:20 3 0
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No idea why the headline says that but the first 2 are in Chennai.
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21/01/2021 14:15:04 17 1
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Rest and rotation is expected this year (seems those who also played in the IPL (Curran, Stokes, Bairstow, Archer)) were given the initial rest period. The India home series and the Ashes will take priority this year.
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21/01/2021 14:16:06 6 17
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Food for thought:

I see that management (vicariously, selectors) are not interested in investing in the future. They strangely persist in the retention of the old rather than the young. Such shortsightedness will almost certainly backfire.

As we have just witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar series, India gambled on youth and it paid off admirably. Why is England looking in the opposite direction?
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RPH
21/01/2021 14:23:19 18 1
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Hardly...

Lawrence, Crawley, Curran, Bess, Pope, Mahmood, Crane, Bracey and Virdi are all under the age of 24. Parkinson is 24 and both Archer and Sibley are 25.
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21/01/2021 14:29:17 7 0
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Have you considered the inclusion of Crawley (22), Sibley (25), Curran (22), Bess (23), Archer (25), Lawrence (23) in recent Test squads? Also the reserves for this India squad have an average age of 23.
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21/01/2021 14:30:30 9 1
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Don't think India gambled on youth - it was forced on them by injury.
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21/01/2021 14:32:39 3 0
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Burns, Sibley, Crawley, Pope, Bess, Stone, Curran, Archer are hardly ancient.
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21/01/2021 14:36:23 8 1
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In the England squad named in the article above, only Broad, Anderson, Woakes and Moeen are actually over the age of 30. In the India team that beat Australia in the last Test: Rohit (33), Pujara (32), Rahane (32). Saini is 28, Thakur is 29, etc. So I am not really sure what you are on about, to be perfectly honest.
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21/01/2021 14:16:15 38 18
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Ben Foakes should have been playing for England for such a long time
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21/01/2021 14:26:54 38 23
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Give it a rest. Buttler was superb in the last game (which was won with ease) and yet people still bang on about Foakes.
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21/01/2021 14:44:21 7 6
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Unfortunately Ed Smith has his favourites and performance doesn’t really come into selection
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21/01/2021 18:42:54 1 0
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If we had a top six who consistently got runs, it would allow for a specialist keeper who would not necessarily be relied upon to prop up an inconsistent and wobbly top six. Buttler has profited from this with the selectors seemingly willing to forgive his lesser keeper skills in light of what he can offer with the bat. His keeping is improving though.
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21/01/2021 19:35:33 1 0
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Yes. Always play your best "keeper. Always. And he can bat.
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21/01/2021 14:13:44 13 14
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Very unfair on Bairstow.Smacks of favouritism.
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21/01/2021 14:16:37 11 7
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Look back over the years. There is a long history of Yorkshire players being overlooked for test matches. Tend to speak their minds which is not popular at Lords!
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21/01/2021 14:27:10 7 2
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That old northern shoulder chip rearing its ugly head again!!
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21/01/2021 14:27:14 8 1
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Bairstow is pretty lucky to get selected at all given his test record since 2018. 'long history of Yorkshire players being overlooked for tests'.....to whom do you refer? BTW Root is from....Yorkshire, as are Bess and Bairstow. Ballance has had loads of chances; Lyth ditto. Yorkshire has been providing a good core of the England team for about 140 years :)
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21/01/2021 14:13:44 13 14
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Very unfair on Bairstow.Smacks of favouritism.
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21/01/2021 14:17:21 3 4
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Absolutely agree with your comment. He's been messed about so much and suffered a loss.of form . Came back and we saw a glimpse of the old YJB
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21/01/2021 14:27:51 8 1
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he really hasn't. He's had tons of chances.
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21/01/2021 14:32:50 7 4
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Not being able to play the straight ball for 2 years is not "a loss of form"
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21/01/2021 14:08:53 45 19
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Does butler never get a rest , chance for foakes to shine OR are they scared that he will be better than him
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21/01/2021 14:17:31 28 1
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He is clearly a better 'keeper ... but remember that Alan Knott was preferred to Bob Taylor; Alec Stewart to Jack Russell (or any number of good 'keepers) so it's nothing new. You can't really count up the costs of missed chances to get a proper assessment, either.
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21/01/2021 14:30:39 10 3
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Knott was at least as good a keeper as Taylor, and probably better up at the stumps. False comparison with Stewart v Russell tbh.
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Rex
21/01/2021 15:30:51 6 0
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Alan Knott?! Are you sure? To quote Wikipedia: "... regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeepers to ever play the game."
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21/01/2021 15:58:38 3 0
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I think a better analogy would be Matt Prior v Chris Read. The arguments were basically the same. Read was clearly the better keeper, but other than that all he did was lengthen the tail. Who remembers “that ball” v NZ?

Put it this way. It’s about expectations. If Buttler doesn’t score runs then it’s regarded as a disappointment, if Foakes does it’s regarded as a bonus. Why is that?
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21/01/2021 16:12:18 9 0
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Knott was the best keeper I have seen in 60 years of watching cricket and also a good bat.Stewart not quite as good a keeper as Russell but pretty good none the less, he certainly didn't miss much.
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21/01/2021 16:22:32 8 0
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Knotty is one of the all time greats though I accept him and Taylor was a bit like the Clemence & Shilton argument. Knott was also a far superior batsmen and very often got his runs when England were 5 down for not many.
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21/01/2021 19:11:16 1 0
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Though Bob Taylor was technically better than Knott. Knott had a spark of genius and took impossible catches. He was the best England ever had. Stewart vs Russell was definitely counter productive as we needed Stewart runs at the top of the order and Russell was a good enough late order batter.
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21/01/2021 14:17:58 43 2
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if JB is going home to be able to see family and have a bit of a break then all well and good, he's been full on for a good few months.
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21/01/2021 14:45:26 1 1
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If is the key and sure will happen as no White ball Franchise cricket happening is there unless in the Caribbean.
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21/01/2021 14:08:53 45 19
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Does butler never get a rest , chance for foakes to shine OR are they scared that he will be better than him
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21/01/2021 14:18:27 8 1
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They've previously said Buttler will be rested for 3rd and 4th Tests. No Pressure on poor Foakes having not played for over a year?? Would have made sense for him to play at least one game against SL?
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21/01/2021 14:19:10 4 7
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Why do players need to rest, they should be fit to play whenever. Trueman, Jackson, never rested,check how many overs they bowled in a season. Resting means selectors dont have to make unpopular decisions
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21/01/2021 14:25:20 7 3
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Pointlesw comparison. Trueman bowled all those overs in county cricket on uncovered pitches. It’s not the same as being expected to be 100% in every game which are mostly played on roads. Also, for every trueman there will be many Tysons who were forced to retire early through injury.
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21/01/2021 14:26:13 10 1
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Its as much about bio-bubble fatigue and mental fitness really. For fast bowlers who play all three formats I do think there is some physical fatigue to factor in as well.
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SAM
21/01/2021 14:19:40 10 7
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Seems like a great strategy ????? Let’s rest the in form no.3 who is one of our best players of spin for the first 2 tests in India, wait until we’re behind in the series and then bring him back in and expect him to magically perform. Oh, and let’s make that announcement on the eve of a test match where we expect him to perform with a clear and focused mind. What absolute nonsense.
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21/01/2021 14:22:31 7 8
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Bairstow will have known this before he even set off for Sri Lanka. Not saying it’s the right call but it shouldn’t be a distraction for him. Not actually convinced he makes it into the side with the returning players.
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21/01/2021 14:30:56 7 4
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In form? He did alright against a poor Sri Lanka team, and ran his captain out. All this after a few years of very poor red ball performances.
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ET
21/01/2021 20:08:23 0 0
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As a piece of analysis, I couldn’t agree more.
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21/01/2021 14:12:22 7 7
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Moeen again? Bairstow must have upset someone in the hierarchy
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21/01/2021 14:19:40 3 4
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Agree entirely. Can anyone honestly say he is a much better bowler than Root who gives us a third spinner ? And Root can bat a bit.
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21/01/2021 14:19:55 2 3
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Will Joe Root take a rest at any stage?
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21/01/2021 14:23:56 3 0
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They probably view him as not needing a rest as he's been dropped in the 20/20 Team. Although i'd still be surprised if he doesn't make the squad. I'd guess he won't play many/any ODI's this year.
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21/01/2021 15:28:42 0 0
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HE DID IN THE 2ND INNINGS
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21/01/2021 14:22:00 26 2
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Silverwood was speaking highly about Stone, who’s been really unlucky with injuries. He’s been picked for India but overlooked for this SL Test which we should win and would have given him experience of both Test cricket and different conditions.

Wood hardly set the world alight in the first Test and is rested for the first two in India. I don’t understand this complete lack of joined-up thinking
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21/01/2021 14:35:20 20 0
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Yup, thought a swap of Curran & Wood for Woakes and Stone was a given as a warm up for India
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21/01/2021 14:44:25 2 4
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Wood rarely takes wickets and never wins a game for England. Nice guy and offers pace - but not test class.
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21/01/2021 15:53:49 2 1
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Wood is only rested because he's a walking injury.
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21/01/2021 14:13:10 24 21
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Bairstow's average across 2018 and 2019 was 24. Why people then think that 1 half decent game against a poor SL means he deserves a place in the side is beyond me.

We're finally building a good batting unit with high potential, and they need to be tested in a very difficult setting like India.

Why throw that all away for someone who's proven time and time again that he's not good enough?
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21/01/2021 14:22:09 9 5
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He has a test batting average of 35 - Who in the side has higher exactly?
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21/01/2021 14:30:05 10 3
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His average is 35 because of one year in 2016 where he averaged 58, which is increasingly looking like a massive outlier given every other year he's averaged <35.

Take that year out and he averages 28 across 54 tests which is utter garbage.

Would take Crawley at 3 or Pope, Lawrence and Foakes in the middle order over him any day.
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21/01/2021 14:41:35 4 1
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Burns, Crawley, Pope, Root, Stokes, Lawrence
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21/01/2021 14:44:54 4 3
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Ben Foakes
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21/01/2021 15:59:43 3 2
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Foakes and he's never picked. You can keep Johnny "you can't drop me" Bairstow.
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SAM
21/01/2021 14:19:40 10 7
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Seems like a great strategy ????? Let’s rest the in form no.3 who is one of our best players of spin for the first 2 tests in India, wait until we’re behind in the series and then bring him back in and expect him to magically perform. Oh, and let’s make that announcement on the eve of a test match where we expect him to perform with a clear and focused mind. What absolute nonsense.
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21/01/2021 14:22:31 7 8
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Bairstow will have known this before he even set off for Sri Lanka. Not saying it’s the right call but it shouldn’t be a distraction for him. Not actually convinced he makes it into the side with the returning players.
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21/01/2021 14:22:35 18 2
bbc
The hierarchy clearly have confidence in Crawley, Sibley and Burns as our top 3 moving forward. It will be interesting to see after away and home series against India whether they will be 1, 2, and 3 for the first test Down Under.
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21/01/2021 14:35:18 6 5
bbc
I doubt it and I hope not. I can’t see Sibley or Burns doing well in Oz. That said not sure who would be better.
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21/01/2021 14:42:59 4 2
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They’ll do fine against India’s mediums. The real challenge will be down under against genuine pace, rhythm and bounce.
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21/01/2021 14:49:44 0 3
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Crawley will be OK against the Aussies but not sure who will partner him, it won;; not ne Sibley or Burns.
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21/01/2021 15:17:05 7 0
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Sibley Scored a ton over in Aus for England lions against a very strong Aus A side not so long ago.. Same tour where a certain Lawrence also produced some match winning innings
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21/01/2021 15:55:20 2 1
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Well be 10/3 if they are.
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LH
21/01/2021 17:54:23 0 0
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Burns and Sibley are far too 'twitchy' at the crease! Too much movement before the ball arrives; too much angled bat on arrival; too much movement after ball has arrived! But, that's how they're coached, nowadays, it appears! It 'works' for Smith, so ...!!!!
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21/01/2021 14:16:06 6 17
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Food for thought:

I see that management (vicariously, selectors) are not interested in investing in the future. They strangely persist in the retention of the old rather than the young. Such shortsightedness will almost certainly backfire.

As we have just witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar series, India gambled on youth and it paid off admirably. Why is England looking in the opposite direction?
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RPH
21/01/2021 14:23:19 18 1
bbc
Hardly...

Lawrence, Crawley, Curran, Bess, Pope, Mahmood, Crane, Bracey and Virdi are all under the age of 24. Parkinson is 24 and both Archer and Sibley are 25.
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21/01/2021 14:19:55 2 3
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Will Joe Root take a rest at any stage?
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21/01/2021 14:23:56 3 0
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They probably view him as not needing a rest as he's been dropped in the 20/20 Team. Although i'd still be surprised if he doesn't make the squad. I'd guess he won't play many/any ODI's this year.
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21/01/2021 14:24:17 5 8
bbc
Why do cricketers have to rest? Series are played with plenty of gap between one another. They rest much more than footballer, who play weekly, twice weekly or even thrice!
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21/01/2021 14:28:33 22 2
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Because they are living in a bubble away from their families and with no human contact beyond their teammates.
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21/01/2021 14:31:56 10 0
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I think it’s less a rest from the physicalities (although that may apply to a couple of the oldies!) and more a rest from the touring environment.

When they’re on tour they’re away from home and family, and now in these bio secure bubbles I think they are pretty much stuck in hotels 24/7. I can understand why you’d need a break from that for your mental health and to stay on top of your game.
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21/01/2021 14:31:56 1 0
bbc
I think it’s less a rest from the physicalities (although that may apply to a couple of the oldies!) and more a rest from the touring environment.

When they’re on tour they’re away from home and family, and now in these bio secure bubbles I think they are pretty much stuck in hotels 24/7. I can understand why you’d need a break from that for your mental health and to stay on top of your game.
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21/01/2021 15:15:48 3 0
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7 hours each day 5 days each match. Football 100mins per match 2 matches per week all for 40 to 350 thousand per week.
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21/01/2021 15:58:31 1 0
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Have you played this religion? Soccer matches last 90 minutes+. The concentration in the field uses mental energy, yes not as much running as the big round ball kickers! Footie players do not use the grey matter so much.
There are lots of differences between the sports. Injuries occur in both and are more frequent the longer the sport!
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21/01/2021 14:19:10 4 7
bbc
Why do players need to rest, they should be fit to play whenever. Trueman, Jackson, never rested,check how many overs they bowled in a season. Resting means selectors dont have to make unpopular decisions
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21/01/2021 14:25:20 7 3
bbc
Pointlesw comparison. Trueman bowled all those overs in county cricket on uncovered pitches. It’s not the same as being expected to be 100% in every game which are mostly played on roads. Also, for every trueman there will be many Tysons who were forced to retire early through injury.
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21/01/2021 14:19:10 4 7
bbc
Why do players need to rest, they should be fit to play whenever. Trueman, Jackson, never rested,check how many overs they bowled in a season. Resting means selectors dont have to make unpopular decisions
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21/01/2021 14:26:13 10 1
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Its as much about bio-bubble fatigue and mental fitness really. For fast bowlers who play all three formats I do think there is some physical fatigue to factor in as well.
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Bob
21/01/2021 14:26:34 4 4
bbc
Always seems odd that the best best Counties in terms of Championship results, Essex and Somerset, have so little representation in the squad.
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21/01/2021 14:31:59 1 1
bbc
That's why they are doing so well and have posted this before hence why Warwickshire had that wonderful spell back in the Mid 90's because of this.
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21/01/2021 14:32:47 4 3
bbc
Maybe they are best BECAUSE they have little representation. No team unrest, players playing regularly, not having their best players buggering off to play internationals...
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21/01/2021 14:34:36 4 0
bbc
It's possibly why when these players rarely play for their counties because they play for England/overseas t20s etc so much, look at Stokes and Durham, he's a Durham player in name only really nowadays
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21/01/2021 14:45:12 2 0
bbc
The teams that win the Championship often don't have many players with England Central Contracts. The best players rarely play in that competition. It would be interesting to see who would win if all players played a full season, but then the ECB would be accused of burning out bowlers etc.
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21/01/2021 15:51:54 4 1
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Born 1954 the word always was...if Yorkshire are strong England are strong
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21/01/2021 16:36:47 0 0
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If Yorkshire were able to play all their best players without England duty, we'd have a significantly stronger county championship team. Root, Bairstow, Rashid, Willey, Boycott etc.
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21/01/2021 14:08:53 45 19
bbc
Does butler never get a rest , chance for foakes to shine OR are they scared that he will be better than him
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21/01/2021 14:26:39 6 0
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Maybe they've updated it since you read it, but in this very article it says Buttler will fly home after the 1st test
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21/01/2021 14:34:17 2 0
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Hadn't read that. Yeah they said that previously. That seems even more odd. Why would you play him for 1 game??
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21/01/2021 14:16:15 38 18
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Ben Foakes should have been playing for England for such a long time
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21/01/2021 14:26:54 38 23
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Give it a rest. Buttler was superb in the last game (which was won with ease) and yet people still bang on about Foakes.
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21/01/2021 15:56:45 7 13
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Butler is Smith's mate, nothing to do with being a good keeper which he clearly isn't and Foakes has a better batting average.
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21/01/2021 16:43:10 8 8
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Err - I think he's talking about how the vastly superior gloveman, Foakes, should already have been behind the stumps while Buttler was crap both behind and in front of the stumps for a couple of years - averaging just 30 in that time and endless dropped catches/missed stumpings - not the last game...
I don't think a brief spell of not being so crap undoes all of his poor past record.
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21/01/2021 17:31:05 3 4
bbc
People bang on about it because Foakes is a much better keeper. England have long shot themselves in the foot by stressing a keeper's ability to bat. Most keepers these days are decent bats, but a batsman keeper who drops someone on 15, who then goes on to make a century, in effect has to score 85 before they are in credit. The best gloveman should always be picked.
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dgj
21/01/2021 18:08:19 1 0
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Because he's consistently the best keeper.
One Test doesn't prove a great deal.
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21/01/2021 19:22:06 1 1
bbc
In the last game maybe. Neither Joss or Bairstow are test class wicketkeepers. I dont believe Buttler keeps for his county, This is Test Cricket an areana for specialits,. You obviously never grew up watching Alan Knott or Jack Russell
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21/01/2021 19:36:09 1 0
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See sensible reply to earlier post.
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21/01/2021 20:01:37 0 0
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Foakes is in another league as a keeper but the popular press find any reason to compliment Jos, I’m not anti Buttler at all, but as a keeper of the past I love a proper skilled glove man
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21/01/2021 14:16:37 11 7
bbc
Look back over the years. There is a long history of Yorkshire players being overlooked for test matches. Tend to speak their minds which is not popular at Lords!
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21/01/2021 14:27:10 7 2
bbc
That old northern shoulder chip rearing its ugly head again!!
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21/01/2021 14:16:37 11 7
bbc
Look back over the years. There is a long history of Yorkshire players being overlooked for test matches. Tend to speak their minds which is not popular at Lords!
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21/01/2021 14:27:14 8 1
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Bairstow is pretty lucky to get selected at all given his test record since 2018. 'long history of Yorkshire players being overlooked for tests'.....to whom do you refer? BTW Root is from....Yorkshire, as are Bess and Bairstow. Ballance has had loads of chances; Lyth ditto. Yorkshire has been providing a good core of the England team for about 140 years :)
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21/01/2021 14:17:21 3 4
bbc
Absolutely agree with your comment. He's been messed about so much and suffered a loss.of form . Came back and we saw a glimpse of the old YJB
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21/01/2021 14:27:51 8 1
bbc
he really hasn't. He's had tons of chances.
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21/01/2021 14:14:15 0 0
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Why does the headline say first two tests played in Ahmedabad and the text say the first two tests are in Chennai?
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21/01/2021 14:28:20 3 0
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No idea why the headline says that but the first 2 are in Chennai.
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21/01/2021 14:24:17 5 8
bbc
Why do cricketers have to rest? Series are played with plenty of gap between one another. They rest much more than footballer, who play weekly, twice weekly or even thrice!
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21/01/2021 14:28:33 22 2
bbc
Because they are living in a bubble away from their families and with no human contact beyond their teammates.
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21/01/2021 14:16:06 6 17
bbc
Food for thought:

I see that management (vicariously, selectors) are not interested in investing in the future. They strangely persist in the retention of the old rather than the young. Such shortsightedness will almost certainly backfire.

As we have just witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar series, India gambled on youth and it paid off admirably. Why is England looking in the opposite direction?
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21/01/2021 14:29:17 7 0
bbc
Have you considered the inclusion of Crawley (22), Sibley (25), Curran (22), Bess (23), Archer (25), Lawrence (23) in recent Test squads? Also the reserves for this India squad have an average age of 23.
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21/01/2021 14:32:56 1 7
bbc
Anderson, Ali, and Broad, specifically.
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21/01/2021 14:10:43 19 19
bbc
Bairstow over Buttler in the test format for me any day of the week
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21/01/2021 14:29:27 5 4
bbc
Bairstow bats way better when not keeping. Neither should be the test keeper though.
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21/01/2021 15:59:36 0 0
bbc
We do better with fiery redheads!
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21/01/2021 14:22:09 9 5
bbc
He has a test batting average of 35 - Who in the side has higher exactly?
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21/01/2021 14:30:05 10 3
bbc
His average is 35 because of one year in 2016 where he averaged 58, which is increasingly looking like a massive outlier given every other year he's averaged <35.

Take that year out and he averages 28 across 54 tests which is utter garbage.

Would take Crawley at 3 or Pope, Lawrence and Foakes in the middle order over him any day.
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21/01/2021 15:10:17 7 1
bbc
You can't take out a year of outliers and then quote his average, that's not how it works. 35 isn't great, but much of that was as a wicketkeeper too. Not many WK's average higher in todays era
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21/01/2021 14:16:06 6 17
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Food for thought:

I see that management (vicariously, selectors) are not interested in investing in the future. They strangely persist in the retention of the old rather than the young. Such shortsightedness will almost certainly backfire.

As we have just witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar series, India gambled on youth and it paid off admirably. Why is England looking in the opposite direction?
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21/01/2021 14:30:30 9 1
bbc
Don't think India gambled on youth - it was forced on them by injury.
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21/01/2021 14:35:51 0 6
bbc
You are essentially agreeing with me, having seen the results.
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21/01/2021 14:17:31 28 1
bbc
He is clearly a better 'keeper ... but remember that Alan Knott was preferred to Bob Taylor; Alec Stewart to Jack Russell (or any number of good 'keepers) so it's nothing new. You can't really count up the costs of missed chances to get a proper assessment, either.
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21/01/2021 14:30:39 10 3
bbc
Knott was at least as good a keeper as Taylor, and probably better up at the stumps. False comparison with Stewart v Russell tbh.
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21/01/2021 14:33:52 7 1
bbc
Stewart v Russell comparison is as spot on as you’ll get I’d think
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dgj
21/01/2021 17:54:16 0 0
bbc
Not to mention the selection of Jim Parks over John Murray.
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SAM
21/01/2021 14:19:40 10 7
bbc
Seems like a great strategy ????? Let’s rest the in form no.3 who is one of our best players of spin for the first 2 tests in India, wait until we’re behind in the series and then bring him back in and expect him to magically perform. Oh, and let’s make that announcement on the eve of a test match where we expect him to perform with a clear and focused mind. What absolute nonsense.
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21/01/2021 14:30:56 7 4
bbc
In form? He did alright against a poor Sri Lanka team, and ran his captain out. All this after a few years of very poor red ball performances.
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21/01/2021 14:24:17 5 8
bbc
Why do cricketers have to rest? Series are played with plenty of gap between one another. They rest much more than footballer, who play weekly, twice weekly or even thrice!
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21/01/2021 14:31:56 10 0
bbc
I think it’s less a rest from the physicalities (although that may apply to a couple of the oldies!) and more a rest from the touring environment.

When they’re on tour they’re away from home and family, and now in these bio secure bubbles I think they are pretty much stuck in hotels 24/7. I can understand why you’d need a break from that for your mental health and to stay on top of your game.
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21/01/2021 14:24:17 5 8
bbc
Why do cricketers have to rest? Series are played with plenty of gap between one another. They rest much more than footballer, who play weekly, twice weekly or even thrice!
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21/01/2021 14:31:56 1 0
bbc
I think it’s less a rest from the physicalities (although that may apply to a couple of the oldies!) and more a rest from the touring environment.

When they’re on tour they’re away from home and family, and now in these bio secure bubbles I think they are pretty much stuck in hotels 24/7. I can understand why you’d need a break from that for your mental health and to stay on top of your game.
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21/01/2021 14:43:17 3 0
bbc
Think you need it too ... ??.

Ye this new reply system can be misleading.

Yes it is a fair comment as their partners are not allowed to travel so guess 3-4 months out of the loop is needed.
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Bob
21/01/2021 14:26:34 4 4
bbc
Always seems odd that the best best Counties in terms of Championship results, Essex and Somerset, have so little representation in the squad.
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21/01/2021 14:31:59 1 1
bbc
That's why they are doing so well and have posted this before hence why Warwickshire had that wonderful spell back in the Mid 90's because of this.
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21/01/2021 14:41:13 4 1
bbc
That of course, is not the case. In Paul Smith 90s Warwickshire had the best, and quickest, English bowler of his generation. Just ask Allan Donald. They had the world’s best bowler (AD), batsman (Lara), fielder (TP), and most inventive skip (DR). Throw in the likes of Ostler, Neil Smith, Twose, Piper, Small etc and the team oozed international quality.
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21/01/2021 14:13:44 13 14
bbc
Very unfair on Bairstow.Smacks of favouritism.
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21/01/2021 14:32:11 6 4
bbc
Bairstow shouldn't be anywhere near the test team based on his recent record.
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21/01/2021 14:12:19 109 10
bbc
Any chance of terrestrial TV showing at least the daily highlights for us peasants who refuse/cannot afford to cough up ridiculous amounts to satellite stations? No, probably not.
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bbc
Mobdro. It's free. Removed
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21/01/2021 14:16:06 6 17
bbc
Food for thought:

I see that management (vicariously, selectors) are not interested in investing in the future. They strangely persist in the retention of the old rather than the young. Such shortsightedness will almost certainly backfire.

As we have just witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar series, India gambled on youth and it paid off admirably. Why is England looking in the opposite direction?
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21/01/2021 14:32:39 3 0
bbc
Burns, Sibley, Crawley, Pope, Bess, Stone, Curran, Archer are hardly ancient.
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Bob
21/01/2021 14:26:34 4 4
bbc
Always seems odd that the best best Counties in terms of Championship results, Essex and Somerset, have so little representation in the squad.
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21/01/2021 14:32:47 4 3
bbc
Maybe they are best BECAUSE they have little representation. No team unrest, players playing regularly, not having their best players buggering off to play internationals...
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21/01/2021 14:17:21 3 4
bbc
Absolutely agree with your comment. He's been messed about so much and suffered a loss.of form . Came back and we saw a glimpse of the old YJB
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21/01/2021 14:32:50 7 4
bbc
Not being able to play the straight ball for 2 years is not "a loss of form"
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21/01/2021 14:29:17 7 0
bbc
Have you considered the inclusion of Crawley (22), Sibley (25), Curran (22), Bess (23), Archer (25), Lawrence (23) in recent Test squads? Also the reserves for this India squad have an average age of 23.
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21/01/2021 14:32:56 1 7
bbc
Anderson, Ali, and Broad, specifically.
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RPH
21/01/2021 14:44:34 6 0
bbc
Why would they drop Anderson or Broad? They're both still performing at the top of their game!

It's hardly enough to back up your original comment that we're not giving experience to youth.
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21/01/2021 14:33:44 18 2
bbc
Weird that Buttler will play just the 1st Test. Logically he'd play both in the first half of the series, or go home now
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21/01/2021 14:43:10 17 85
bbc
Ideally go home and disappear from test cricket forever
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21/01/2021 14:30:39 10 3
bbc
Knott was at least as good a keeper as Taylor, and probably better up at the stumps. False comparison with Stewart v Russell tbh.
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21/01/2021 14:33:52 7 1
bbc
Stewart v Russell comparison is as spot on as you’ll get I’d think
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21/01/2021 14:43:01 2 0
bbc
I meant comparing Knott v Taylor with Stewart v Russell, apols.
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21/01/2021 14:45:21 4 0
bbc
....though Stewart was a far better batsman than either Bairstow or Buttler tbh, and Russell a worse batsman than Foakes, Bairstow or Buttler.
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21/01/2021 14:26:39 6 0
bbc
Maybe they've updated it since you read it, but in this very article it says Buttler will fly home after the 1st test
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21/01/2021 14:34:17 2 0
bbc
Hadn't read that. Yeah they said that previously. That seems even more odd. Why would you play him for 1 game??
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21/01/2021 14:49:21 6 0
bbc
Yes would have been logical for Foakes to play and just send Buttler home.

Something is going on with Buttler as he had to take some down time in the summer.

As we know who knows what the Selectors philosophies are.
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21/01/2021 14:03:01 18 0
bbc
These decisions have been made long before today I would hope but with the ECB you just never know lol
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21/01/2021 14:34:23 1 0
bbc
Spot on as we will never know how the Selectors work.

Yes it was preplanned for the players whom missed this Series would be back in too.
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Bob
21/01/2021 14:26:34 4 4
bbc
Always seems odd that the best best Counties in terms of Championship results, Essex and Somerset, have so little representation in the squad.
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21/01/2021 14:34:36 4 0
bbc
It's possibly why when these players rarely play for their counties because they play for England/overseas t20s etc so much, look at Stokes and Durham, he's a Durham player in name only really nowadays
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21/01/2021 14:22:35 18 2
bbc
The hierarchy clearly have confidence in Crawley, Sibley and Burns as our top 3 moving forward. It will be interesting to see after away and home series against India whether they will be 1, 2, and 3 for the first test Down Under.
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21/01/2021 14:35:18 6 5
bbc
I doubt it and I hope not. I can’t see Sibley or Burns doing well in Oz. That said not sure who would be better.
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21/01/2021 15:18:17 6 1
bbc
Burns maybe, but Sibley posted a 100 there fore England lions not so long ago against a good Aus A team. Think Sibley is well suited to Aus, building long innings and putting miles into bowlers legs. Exactly what's needed!
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21/01/2021 18:32:47 0 0
bbc
Perhaps it would be opportune to have a look at their records in Grade Cricket in Oz as a guide. RB has had at least two winters there over the last 5 years. Don't know about DS.
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21/01/2021 19:30:33 0 0
bbc
This must be as good as it get's at the moment. Remember how many we've been through? Stoneman, Westley, Jennings etc etc. Surely this is most hopeful?
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21/01/2021 14:22:00 26 2
bbc
Silverwood was speaking highly about Stone, who’s been really unlucky with injuries. He’s been picked for India but overlooked for this SL Test which we should win and would have given him experience of both Test cricket and different conditions.

Wood hardly set the world alight in the first Test and is rested for the first two in India. I don’t understand this complete lack of joined-up thinking
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21/01/2021 14:35:20 20 0
bbc
Yup, thought a swap of Curran & Wood for Woakes and Stone was a given as a warm up for India
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21/01/2021 14:30:30 9 1
bbc
Don't think India gambled on youth - it was forced on them by injury.
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21/01/2021 14:35:51 0 6
bbc
You are essentially agreeing with me, having seen the results.
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21/01/2021 14:35:53 9 0
bbc
@BBC Sport - the first two tests are in Chennai, not Ahmedabad.
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21/01/2021 15:33:39 0 0
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If Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are not part of the squad in Chennai tests then BBC is right but not sure.
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21/01/2021 17:16:09 0 0
bbc
Yep. You read the article correctly.
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21/01/2021 14:16:06 6 17
bbc
Food for thought:

I see that management (vicariously, selectors) are not interested in investing in the future. They strangely persist in the retention of the old rather than the young. Such shortsightedness will almost certainly backfire.

As we have just witnessed in the Border-Gavaskar series, India gambled on youth and it paid off admirably. Why is England looking in the opposite direction?
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21/01/2021 14:36:23 8 1
bbc
In the England squad named in the article above, only Broad, Anderson, Woakes and Moeen are actually over the age of 30. In the India team that beat Australia in the last Test: Rohit (33), Pujara (32), Rahane (32). Saini is 28, Thakur is 29, etc. So I am not really sure what you are on about, to be perfectly honest.
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21/01/2021 14:37:42 58 5
bbc
Resting Wood and Curran I can understand, because they are pretty ineffective on Asian pitches. Bairstow, on the other hand, has played hardly any Test cricket for two years, and this is a daft decision with perhaps some other hidden reason.
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21/01/2021 14:49:22 40 14
bbc
Well Bairstow has played 11 Tests v India, and he averages 32.83. I imagine if he was picked, it would be as a batsman and not a wicketkeeper. By the way, Buttler averages 43.93 with the bat v India, also from 11 Tests. Do you still think there is a 'hidden reason'?
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21/01/2021 15:52:50 2 5
bbc
Maybe they want to get rid of him. Wish they would.
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21/01/2021 18:16:09 0 2
bbc
probably when wicketkeeping wasteing all our referals
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21/01/2021 14:38:08 2 1
bbc
Why not rest JB, Curran and Wood in the 2nd Test this week and have them available? There's lots of cricket to come this year so hopefully this pays off...
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21/01/2021 14:38:14 45 3
bbc
Bet Bairstow's thrilled about being "rested"...
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21/01/2021 22:15:08 3 5
bbc
Has anyone else commented that Bairstow's being dropped from the squad followed his running out the captain in the last innings. These weird coincidences
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21/01/2021 14:31:59 1 1
bbc
That's why they are doing so well and have posted this before hence why Warwickshire had that wonderful spell back in the Mid 90's because of this.
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21/01/2021 14:41:13 4 1
bbc
That of course, is not the case. In Paul Smith 90s Warwickshire had the best, and quickest, English bowler of his generation. Just ask Allan Donald. They had the world’s best bowler (AD), batsman (Lara), fielder (TP), and most inventive skip (DR). Throw in the likes of Ostler, Neil Smith, Twose, Piper, Small etc and the team oozed international quality.
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21/01/2021 16:27:55 0 0
bbc
That is my point we had talented England players that could make it at Test level but we're not selected.

Think you misread my comment as Clearly state that's why Warks were successful because of the Talent.
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21/01/2021 14:22:09 9 5
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He has a test batting average of 35 - Who in the side has higher exactly?
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21/01/2021 14:41:35 4 1
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Burns, Crawley, Pope, Root, Stokes, Lawrence
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21/01/2021 14:41:48 2 8
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only 2 specialist spinners and 2 part time spinners not enough in a spinners paradise
only 5 specialist bats the squad is very unbalanced
Anderson in his last tour to India he was not interested after 10 overs can't see his attitude changing
it has the feel of a rehearsal of who wants the swan song last ashes tour as after the drubbing here & in auss they will be on the book deal circuit again
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21/01/2021 14:51:05 8 1
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Utter drivel
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22/01/2021 12:43:08 0 0
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Anderson's figures - 19 overs, 10 maidens, 3 for 24 suggest you know diddly squat
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21/01/2021 14:42:47 3 5
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The decision not to play Foakes is such a disgrace. Why do the selectors play favourites in this way. Bess is clearly complete garbage yet that 5 wicket fluke will buy him the rest of 2021 and we all know leach will be the first out when we go back to 1 spinner in England. Ed Smith out.
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21/01/2021 14:22:35 18 2
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The hierarchy clearly have confidence in Crawley, Sibley and Burns as our top 3 moving forward. It will be interesting to see after away and home series against India whether they will be 1, 2, and 3 for the first test Down Under.
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21/01/2021 14:42:59 4 2
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They’ll do fine against India’s mediums. The real challenge will be down under against genuine pace, rhythm and bounce.
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21/01/2021 14:48:22 3 0
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I agree. We’ve been through a fair few openers since the Strauss/Cook era. Hopefully at least one of these guys will come good if not all.
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21/01/2021 17:28:17 10 1
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I guess you didn't pay any attention to the Aus / India series then. To call India's current pace attack "mediums" shows a shocking lack of knowledge.
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LH
21/01/2021 17:54:43 8 0
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Bumrah, "medium"????
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21/01/2021 18:48:28 0 0
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Well India’s third choice team managed the Aussie’s attack ok, Starc and Lyon are passed it, i would say we have our best chance since 2010/11 to win down under
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22/01/2021 12:35:26 0 0
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India's mediums? Do you actually watch any cricket??
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21/01/2021 14:33:52 7 1
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Stewart v Russell comparison is as spot on as you’ll get I’d think
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21/01/2021 14:43:01 2 0
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I meant comparing Knott v Taylor with Stewart v Russell, apols.
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21/01/2021 14:43:05 7 11
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If India were capable of narrowly defeating Steve Smith's Australia, they should absolutely demolish Joe Root's England
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21/01/2021 14:50:56 1 4
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But how would you know as you said yourself you don't like cricket, don't watch it etc.
or was there some other reason you decided to post on a sport you have no interest in?

Hmmm I wonder.
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21/01/2021 16:50:06 2 0
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Indian cricket fan ere. Expect India to win but series will be lot closer than you think. I certainly don't see it being a demolition. I think there is enough talent in the team to give a good account against India. Strange times these really so never know.
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21/01/2021 14:33:44 18 2
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Weird that Buttler will play just the 1st Test. Logically he'd play both in the first half of the series, or go home now
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21/01/2021 14:43:10 17 85
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Ideally go home and disappear from test cricket forever
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LH
21/01/2021 17:51:49 1 2
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VERY harsh!! Fantastic player! Well worth watching; great technique!
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21/01/2021 19:54:36 0 0
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odd comment. Has he abused you somewhere? I wouldn't be surprised.
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22/01/2021 12:39:10 0 0
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Has he stamped on your toys or something? Ridiculous comment.
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21/01/2021 14:31:56 1 0
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I think it’s less a rest from the physicalities (although that may apply to a couple of the oldies!) and more a rest from the touring environment.

When they’re on tour they’re away from home and family, and now in these bio secure bubbles I think they are pretty much stuck in hotels 24/7. I can understand why you’d need a break from that for your mental health and to stay on top of your game.
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21/01/2021 14:43:17 3 0
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Think you need it too ... ??.

Ye this new reply system can be misleading.

Yes it is a fair comment as their partners are not allowed to travel so guess 3-4 months out of the loop is needed.
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21/01/2021 14:16:15 38 18
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Ben Foakes should have been playing for England for such a long time
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21/01/2021 14:44:21 7 6
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Unfortunately Ed Smith has his favourites and performance doesn’t really come into selection
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21/01/2021 14:22:00 26 2
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Silverwood was speaking highly about Stone, who’s been really unlucky with injuries. He’s been picked for India but overlooked for this SL Test which we should win and would have given him experience of both Test cricket and different conditions.

Wood hardly set the world alight in the first Test and is rested for the first two in India. I don’t understand this complete lack of joined-up thinking
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21/01/2021 14:44:25 2 4
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Wood rarely takes wickets and never wins a game for England. Nice guy and offers pace - but not test class.
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21/01/2021 15:14:07 5 0
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He’s an asset in the right conditions. I cannot understand why they didn’t give Stone a nod after he’s missed out so many times
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21/01/2021 16:26:16 4 0
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Er...5/46 v South Africa this winter, 5/41 v West Indies in the summer and doesn't get picked very often.
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21/01/2021 18:39:00 1 0
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Won games for us in the WI and SA
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21/01/2021 14:32:56 1 7
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Anderson, Ali, and Broad, specifically.
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RPH
21/01/2021 14:44:34 6 0
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Why would they drop Anderson or Broad? They're both still performing at the top of their game!

It's hardly enough to back up your original comment that we're not giving experience to youth.
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21/01/2021 14:51:52 4 0
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If they’re good enough then they’re young enough as the saying doesn’t go!

I like that they are rotating Anderson and Broad. Hopefully that guarantees some control in every test.
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21/01/2021 14:22:09 9 5
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He has a test batting average of 35 - Who in the side has higher exactly?
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21/01/2021 14:44:54 4 3
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Ben Foakes
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Bob
21/01/2021 14:26:34 4 4
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Always seems odd that the best best Counties in terms of Championship results, Essex and Somerset, have so little representation in the squad.
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21/01/2021 14:45:12 2 0
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The teams that win the Championship often don't have many players with England Central Contracts. The best players rarely play in that competition. It would be interesting to see who would win if all players played a full season, but then the ECB would be accused of burning out bowlers etc.
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21/01/2021 14:33:52 7 1
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Stewart v Russell comparison is as spot on as you’ll get I’d think
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21/01/2021 14:45:21 4 0
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....though Stewart was a far better batsman than either Bairstow or Buttler tbh, and Russell a worse batsman than Foakes, Bairstow or Buttler.
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21/01/2021 15:54:31 2 3
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Russell was the best keeper England have ever had though, plus he wasn't that bad a batsman which shouldn't come into it when picking a specialist. You don't pick a less good fast bowler because he might make a few more runs.
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dgj
21/01/2021 18:01:33 0 0
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Russell (the greatest keeper of all time? - sometimes stood up for the quicks to unsettle batsmen) did pretty well as a batsman at times.
Remember his match saving partnership with Atherton in South Africa.
And he was dropped for the following home series.
His premature retirement from Test Cricket was largely due to the pressure of never knowing if he would be selected.
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21/01/2021 14:17:58 43 2
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if JB is going home to be able to see family and have a bit of a break then all well and good, he's been full on for a good few months.
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21/01/2021 14:45:26 1 1
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If is the key and sure will happen as no White ball Franchise cricket happening is there unless in the Caribbean.
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jct
22/01/2021 15:24:48 0 0
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Pakistan Super League (PSL) - ?20 February – 22 March
Abu Dhabi’s T10 League.runs from 28th Jan – 6th Feb in the UAE
Bangladesh Super League 13 January – 22nd Feb
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21/01/2021 14:42:59 4 2
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They’ll do fine against India’s mediums. The real challenge will be down under against genuine pace, rhythm and bounce.
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21/01/2021 14:48:22 3 0
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I agree. We’ve been through a fair few openers since the Strauss/Cook era. Hopefully at least one of these guys will come good if not all.
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21/01/2021 14:34:17 2 0
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Hadn't read that. Yeah they said that previously. That seems even more odd. Why would you play him for 1 game??
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21/01/2021 14:49:21 6 0
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Yes would have been logical for Foakes to play and just send Buttler home.

Something is going on with Buttler as he had to take some down time in the summer.

As we know who knows what the Selectors philosophies are.
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21/01/2021 15:06:31 9 0
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Buttler has a young family, and plays tons of t20 around the globe, so nothing sinister I'd suggest.
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21/01/2021 14:37:42 58 5
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Resting Wood and Curran I can understand, because they are pretty ineffective on Asian pitches. Bairstow, on the other hand, has played hardly any Test cricket for two years, and this is a daft decision with perhaps some other hidden reason.
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21/01/2021 14:49:22 40 14
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Well Bairstow has played 11 Tests v India, and he averages 32.83. I imagine if he was picked, it would be as a batsman and not a wicketkeeper. By the way, Buttler averages 43.93 with the bat v India, also from 11 Tests. Do you still think there is a 'hidden reason'?
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21/01/2021 15:11:28 4 0
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Averages in India please.
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LH
21/01/2021 16:41:59 5 1
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If the team were selected on past data, then Colin Cowdrey and Keith Fletcher (a renowned player of spin) would still be selected!!!
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21/01/2021 17:11:21 12 6
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Buttler should be 3rd choice WK, his selection makes no sense.
Foakes is the best Keeper of the 3. Bairstow is the best Red Ball batsman of the 3, has the best record in India, and would be a formidable player to come in at no.7.
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21/01/2021 18:17:18 3 8
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and butler better keeper and doesnt appeal for everything
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21/01/2021 14:22:35 18 2
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The hierarchy clearly have confidence in Crawley, Sibley and Burns as our top 3 moving forward. It will be interesting to see after away and home series against India whether they will be 1, 2, and 3 for the first test Down Under.
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21/01/2021 14:49:44 0 3
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Crawley will be OK against the Aussies but not sure who will partner him, it won;; not ne Sibley or Burns.
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21/01/2021 18:50:20 0 0
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Well Crawley won’t open he will bat 3 only opening against SL because Burns not there at the moment
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21/01/2021 14:43:05 7 11
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If India were capable of narrowly defeating Steve Smith's Australia, they should absolutely demolish Joe Root's England
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21/01/2021 14:50:56 1 4
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But how would you know as you said yourself you don't like cricket, don't watch it etc.
or was there some other reason you decided to post on a sport you have no interest in?

Hmmm I wonder.
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21/01/2021 14:41:48 2 8
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only 2 specialist spinners and 2 part time spinners not enough in a spinners paradise
only 5 specialist bats the squad is very unbalanced
Anderson in his last tour to India he was not interested after 10 overs can't see his attitude changing
it has the feel of a rehearsal of who wants the swan song last ashes tour as after the drubbing here & in auss they will be on the book deal circuit again
98
21/01/2021 14:51:05 8 1
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Utter drivel
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21/01/2021 15:34:37 2 1
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Muppet
have you ever been to watch England play away
in India it's a slow death
you need 6 specialist bats and 2 very good spinners
not much room for once a series all rounders
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21/01/2021 14:06:48 19 3
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Perhaps someone can explain why there needs to be a selected squad while also taking 6 reserves? Why not just a squad including all of them? If a home team need a new player during a series they just select one from everyone in the country, (ie They are not limited to a certain list of players) so what's the difference ?
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21/01/2021 14:51:38 13 1
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Probably so they don't have to pay them as much! Needed one of the leg spinners in the main squad though!
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RPH
21/01/2021 14:44:34 6 0
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Why would they drop Anderson or Broad? They're both still performing at the top of their game!

It's hardly enough to back up your original comment that we're not giving experience to youth.
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21/01/2021 14:51:52 4 0
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If they’re good enough then they’re young enough as the saying doesn’t go!

I like that they are rotating Anderson and Broad. Hopefully that guarantees some control in every test.