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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 16 Jul 19 3.39pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

The euphoria hasn't died down yet but the more serious part of this summer's cricket for us traditionalists is about to start.

One has to feel sorry for our inspirational one day captain Eoin Morgan who goes from the peak of winning the World Cup to playing 20/20 cricket for Middlesex and there are one or two others that probably won't be playing in the Ashes team.

The emergence of Jofra Archer will mean that someone who expected to be in the red ball team now won't be and we have to pick three from Anderson, Broad, Woakes, Curran, Archer and Wood. Anderson will probably be injured and Broad probably needs to do something outstanding in the game against Ireland next week to make the cut.

Opener is the other position up for grabs. Keaton Jennings is great against spin on slow turning pitches but not up to the mark against fast bowling and he would be a walking wicket for Mitchell Starc.

The talk has been about giving Jason Roy a chance but I wonder if he has the technique for a Test Match as even Surrey haven't trusted him to open

 

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View Stirlingsays's Profile Stirlingsays Online Flag Wisbech, England 16 Jul 19 3.43pm Send a Private Message to Stirlingsays Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add Stirlingsays as a friend

A genuinely interesting series that....now with Smith and Warner back for Australia makes it more fifty fifty.

Edited by Stirlingsays (16 Jul 2019 3.43pm)

 

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View Ghostship's Profile Ghostship Flag Norfolk 16 Jul 19 4.42pm Send a Private Message to Ghostship Add Ghostship as a friend

Could see it being as close as the 2005 series so hopefully another epic as long as England win.

Roy to open but it's hard to pick the other opener. Burns hasn't done much for Surrey but think he will get picked.

For the bowlers we still lack a quality spinner so Ali or Rashid but neither are that good. Would leave out Woakes for Archer. I have always thought Woakes is a better batsman than bowler in Test Cricket. Anderson may not be fit and Broad hasn't been taking many wickets for Notts so maybe an outsider will emerge. Mahmood at Lancashire has been prolific this summer.

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 16 Jul 19 6.42pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Short answer is that I believe Australia can easily take wickets, particularly Starc and Lyon, although the others are okay too.
Anderson and Broad are not the answer. Archer has some pace but would need to not be straight-jacketed; he will be over coached no doubt.
There will be no dangerous spinner for England with Ali doing that job - whilst he is adequate he is more of a batsman.
In other words, England will struggle to take wickets - which means that you can't win Tests.
Also Australia will be quite dangerous with the bat with Warner back. I can't stand him, in fact, I would love him to punch me in a bar and see what happens, but he is clearly a powerful batsman.
Looking at England, one opener is not enough. There is a question mark even over Root's best batting position and there has been recent England batting collapses on a regular basis - often stemming from the openers not being able to deliver any kind of platform.
England are better fielders but not by much as the Aussies are still good.
In short, I would put a bet on the Aussies - they are even used to English conditions now - whilst England will not necessarily doctor the pitches enough to suit themselves.
Weather is probably England's main danger but you can't rely on the luck of the toss and the weather over Five Tests.

 


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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 17 Jul 19 7.09am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

Archer has some pace but would need to not be straight-jacketed; he will be over coached no doubt.

We do have history in that regards as Liam Plunkett was an exciting fast bowler as a youngster until the ECB coaches tinkered with his action so that he lost his effectiveness and subsequently his place in the team.

Hopefully different coaches won't make the same mistake

 

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View chris123's Profile chris123 Flag hove actually 17 Jul 19 11.23am Send a Private Message to chris123 Add chris123 as a friend

Originally posted by Midlands Eagle

We do have history in that regards as Liam Plunkett was an exciting fast bowler as a youngster until the ECB coaches tinkered with his action so that he lost his effectiveness and subsequently his place in the team.

Hopefully different coaches won't make the same mistake

And Jimmy.

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 27 Jul 19 12.41pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Just saw the squad. Ali is the only spinner - no more than a back up bowler really. Will need pitches conditions that suit swing but that makes Starc so dangerous.
Woakes has been doing well recently - hopefully he can continue. I don't think Broad has been good enough: should be dropped. Want to see Archer but hope he can hack it. Stokes needs to bowl with discipline.
Unconvinced that there is a genuine opening pair.

 


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View Cucking Funt's Profile Cucking Funt Flag Choctaw Ridge 27 Jul 19 2.19pm Send a Private Message to Cucking Funt Add Cucking Funt as a friend

You know, I really do think that this could be Tim's year.

 


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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 27 Jul 19 2.29pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

Unconvinced that there is a genuine opening pair.

I think that's a worry for all of us. Rory Burns is hopelessly out of form and I assume that there is a good reason why Jason Roy doesn't open for Surrey.

It's one thing opening in 50 over or 20/20 cricket with their fielding and bowling restrictions but quite another to do the same in the ultimate contest between batsman and bowler

 

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View Crystal_Clear's Profile Crystal_Clear Flag Belfast 29 Jul 19 12.30pm Send a Private Message to Crystal_Clear Add Crystal_Clear as a friend

They should have given Dominic Sibley a go as opening in the Ireland game.

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 29 Jul 19 1.26pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

You can get sandpaper in poundland
Wonder if they cheats know that.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 29 Jul 19 1.36pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

Just saw the squad. Ali is the only spinner - no more than a back up bowler really. Will need pitches conditions that suit swing but that makes Starc so dangerous.
Woakes has been doing well recently - hopefully he can continue. I don't think Broad has been good enough: should be dropped. Want to see Archer but hope he can hack it. Stokes needs to bowl with discipline.
Unconvinced that there is a genuine opening pair.

In my humble opinion we have problems at Nos 1,2 and 3.

 

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