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  1. 1. Do you like cricket?

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Buttler could arguably keep and bat at 7 if Bairstow is dropped. 

Denly is another one under pressure.

Curran was class last summer with bat and ball.

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I'd have Foakes in for Denly and move Stokes to four and have Bairstow five, Butler six and Foakes 7 seven.  And then bring Archer and Leach in for Anderson and Ali.

I'd love to have Curran in but it's difficult to see where to really have him unless you stuck with Bairstow or Butler as keeper and played Stokes as just a batsman and used Broad, Woakes, Archer and Curran as the seamers.

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5 hours ago, David Kelly said:

I'd have Foakes in for Denly and move Stokes to four and have Bairstow five, Butler six and Foakes 7 seven.  And then bring Archer and Leach in for Anderson and Ali.

I'd love to have Curran in but it's difficult to see where to really have him unless you stuck with Bairstow or Butler as keeper and played Stokes as just a batsman and used Broad, Woakes, Archer and Curran as the seamers.

5 man seam attack and leach - options.

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Would be interested to know why Woakes got little time in the second innings, given he was one of the best in the first.  Was he injured?  Curran brings another dimension being a leftie and can make some decent runs, as well.  If there is any doubt about Woakes, I would have Curran there instead, with Archer and Leach replacing Jimmy and Mo.

I suppose Bairstow needs another go, but he is living on borrowed time as a batsman, and his keeping is not good enough without the runs.  Given that Foakes got a ton on his debut, the case for retaining both him and Buttler is getting weaker. 

Given Leach nearly got a ton (albeit against Ireland), Mo's time looks short, as well.  And to think he was the leading wicket taker in test matches in the last 12 months.  What has happened to him?

With Denly, clearly he is not good enough, but who else is knocking the door down?  I don't think you can move Stokes up to 4, so he may be the least worst option.  Perhaps whoever was opening prior to Roy could go in at 3/4?

Unfortunately, can't see England winning two more tests than the Aussies from here, so I think the Ashes aren't coming back this year. :( 

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Looking for mother nature to assist with your chances isn't good.  We have made our first error by retaining Siddle in this side.  I think we can overcome this slight oversight though :lol:

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4 hours ago, Kevin Carr's Gloves said:

So this should be Roy’s last test.

Who else is there though?

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9 hours ago, Dr Gloom said:

Recall for the cokehead?

Would be no different.  England players have been drilled on white ball cricket for two years, to win the World Cup, and have had basically no red ball cricket. 

It requires a different mind set, and the ECB have decided that the best way to move cricket along in the country is to start another white ball competition.  

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23 hours ago, Kevin Carr's Gloves said:

So this should be Roy’s last test.

As an opener anyway

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Roy is not a test match cricketer. You can argue that point with other players but he is shit.

 

Interesting now. England showing some steel.

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I don’t see why Roy couldn’t do a counter attacking job at 5 or 6. He may still come good at the top of the order. If Warner or Sehwag can open, why not? His technique is sound, he just needs to learn what to leave and rein himself in.

The problem, as RR alluded to, is we don’t have enough red ball specialists. It’s alright having counter punchers like Roy, Buttler, Bairstow, Moeen Stokes or even Hales in the side but the middle order lacks balance. It would be nice to have the luxury of breaking up the destructive batters with a player capable of dropping anchor, like collingwood. 

That’s not to say these players are incapable of playing the conditions. But they need to work on their test match mindset sharpish. 

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Yes, he’s by far the best test match cricketer of that lot and has played some mature innings, but he is a destructive batsman - capable of taking the game away from the opposition it’s his day or gifting his wicket away cheaply if it isn’t. Nothing wrong with that style of play but it feels like we’re trying to pick one or two too many batsmen cut from that cloth. 

 

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