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England v Pakistan cricket

Post by BobHelm » May 16, 2018, 8:29 am

Pakistan are in England for two Tests.
First kicks off on Thursday 24th May 2018 at Lords.

The England Test side had a dismal tour down under & that resulted in a new appointment of National Selector - Ed Smith. He was quite a surprise choice for the job, but certainly has the credentials. He played professional cricket as a batsman for Kent and Middlesex & did represent the national side on a few occasions before injury cut short his career. He then turned his attention to writing & has had a successful new career as a journalist & non fiction author largely about psychology in sport.

So his first Test side was awaited with interest to see if it would be more of the same, solid and stable (but unsuccessful :D ) or a radical gamble looking at long term gain for short term pain..

The squad to face Pakistan are:
Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dominic Bess.

Nothing too radical or off the wall there, I feel.
The biggest surprise is that Jos Buttler is brought back after an 18 month absence after he averaged 31 runs. He has not played a first class county game this season, but did have a fairly successful time in the IPL. To be honest that is his forte, rather than Test cricket - which is a completely different beast, or is if you want it to last for 5 days!!
The only other change was enforced, as probable preferred spin option, Jack Leach, injured himself playing for Somerset. I am encouraged that they selected another young Somerset youngster as a replacement - 20 year old Dominic Bess. He has not had much experience, but certainly has talent.
The 'safe' option would have been to have brought back Moeen Ali but I am glad that was resisted. I still think that Ali can get himself back in the team, but as a batsman who can help his side out with a few overs when things are going tough. He is not a dangerous spinner & it is about time that England went looking for that option.
All that being said, I think Bess will be lucky to get on the Lord's ground for anything other than serving drinks. The Lords pitch (like most in England) is seamer friendly at this time of year!!

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Re: England v Pakistan cricket

Post by Zidane » May 16, 2018, 11:32 am

Hmmm.....James Vince scores 201 not out in his last innings and is dropped.
Mark Stoneman has failed to reach 30 in his seven first class innings this season and is selected.
Joss Buttler has only played one dayers this year (albeit successfully) and only played two county matches for Lancashire last season,yet is selected as a specialist batsman at no.7.
Root will now have to bat at no.3,which he dislikes,and Malwan will be as high as no.4.
If there is any logic to this team selection it has escaped me.
The only positive is that Moeen Ali isn't selected as the spinner,imo.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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