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Post by beamer on Fri 21 Sep 2018, 18:59

Thought I might as well start a first Test thread in advance than a tour squad one...

England squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Largely as expected then... Burns gets a deserved chance to replace Cook, Jennings retained due to lack of options (and decent showing in India a couple of years ago?), Denly the late bloomer/county journeyman picked on Div 2 runs. He will compete with Moeen for the number 3 slot presumably, or if Jennings craps out completely he could open. I thought Vince would be picked after hovering around the squad for most of the summer, but he misses out along with “away specialist” Malan, as they stick with man for the future/new Ian Bell, Pope.

No rest for Anderson or Broad, but Stone with a chance to stake his claim as a successor, along with Leach in the spin department. Could they go three slow bowlers if conditions dictate?

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Post by skully on Sat 22 Sep 2018, 06:50

Should be an interesting contest in Lanka.
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Post by Basil on Sat 22 Sep 2018, 18:40

Jennings is lucky to be there. I might have been tempted to have had another look at Lyth or Robson. And I don't think Rashid is a shoo-in for the first test. S/L wickets are normally slow and low, and not at all condusive to wrist spin.
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Post by beamer on Sun 23 Sep 2018, 00:22

Basil wrote:Jennings is lucky to be there. I might have been tempted to have had another look at Lyth or Robson.
Both average 28 this season... in Div 2, in Robson’s case.

Other than Burns, nobody has really made a case for themself at all. If Jennings continues to fail then it might be time to look at the leftfield options. Put the all-rounders in a hat and draw out a name.

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Post by skully on Sun 23 Sep 2018, 00:30

Basil wrote:Jennings is lucky to be there. I might have been tempted to have had another look at Lyth or Robson. And I don't think Rashid is a shoo-in for the first test. S/L wickets are normally slow and low, and not at all condusive to wrist spin.

Aye Bas. In our last tour the deadliest ball was Herath's straight one. He picked up numerous lbws with it.
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Post by beamer on Sun 23 Sep 2018, 10:09

Well, we’ve got all bases covered in the slow bowling department - off-spin, left arm finger spin, and leg-spin, plus a couple of part-timers among the batsmen. They can mix and match depending on how pitches play out, and the numerous all-rounders could allow us to select three spinners and three or even four seamers.

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Post by skully on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 01:24

This one had slid to page 2.
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Post by skully on Mon 29 Oct 2018, 22:38

Bumpity.
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Post by skully on Sat 03 Nov 2018, 20:14

Only 2 more sleeps.
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Post by horace on Sat 03 Nov 2018, 22:04

C'mon Lankans. Crucial series. Can the Pomgolians win away? Can Stokes stay sober? Who will he take out?
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Post by beamer on Sun 04 Nov 2018, 13:28

Bairstow ruled out, still to be determined whether Buttler or Foakes will take the gloves.

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Post by skully on Sun 04 Nov 2018, 20:16

Will Herath tie the Poms in knots with his straight break?
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Post by Henry on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 07:17

All these questions will remain unanswered as it pisses down with rain for three weeks......
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Post by tricycle on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 05:27

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Post by Big Dog on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 05:53

Broad has been dropped for debutant spinner Jack Leach. Batsman Rory Burns will also debut.
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Post by taipan on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 06:00

Big Dog wrote:Broad has been dropped for debutant spinner Jack Leach. Batsman Rory Burns will also debut.

Leach already has a test.
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Post by horace on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 06:29

taipan wrote:
Big Dog wrote:Broad has been dropped for debutant spinner Jack Leach. Batsman Rory Burns will also debut.

Leach already has a test.

End of the road?
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Post by JGK on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 06:41

Herath is a chance to go past Hadlee, Kapil and Broad in this Test.

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Post by skully on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 08:07

England struggling at 5-162.

Moeen is clearly (not) the answer at no. 3 for the Poms.
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Post by whitburn on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 10:47

Ali at 3 is the single most stupid thing the selectors have done in ten years and that really is saying something with their record.

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Post by skully on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 10:48

Sam Curran continues to impress with the bat, and Ben Foakes is going well in his maiden Test knock to get England out of a spot of bother.
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Post by whitburn on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 10:50

103-5 looked dire, real recovery going on with another 160-2.

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Post by skully on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 19:49

Aye, fantastic rear guard stuff lead by Foakes.
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Post by Henry on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 21:47

Took an untarnished debutant to show England how to bat at test level.
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Post by horace on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 22:13

Classic keeper's knock.
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