the Bell-Drummond hype seems to have quietened a but lately
by Andrei Rhodes6/29/2016 3:38:54 PM
Robson or Westley for me.
by Matt Warwick6/29/2016 3:39:09 PM
Get Roy in...
by dave6/29/2016 3:39:18 PM
Robson might be the best shout, would give Bayliss an aneurysm though.
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:39:34 PM
Dave - none of that.
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:39:39 PM
If this goes the distance, Sri Lanka will win this. You heard it here first.
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:40:43 PM
by nickcricket6/29/2016 3:40:51 PM
He's opened in a Test before Nick!
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:41:10 PM
Hah! My cunningly placed mockers worked!
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:41:36 PM
If it's only a short term sticking plaster and we want to play two spinners against Pakistan why not bump Moeen up again...
by Andrei Rhodes6/29/2016 3:42:16 PM
Ian Bell! Lack of Lions Red ball cricket means its hard to know who the selectors think is next in line, A lot of people would say move them up and bring in a another Keeper but I wouldn't take the gloves off Bairstow until its decided he will lose them for the foreseeable future
by nickcricket6/29/2016 3:42:32 PM
Deebz (Bell-Drummond) has been off injured the last few games so hasn't had a chance to maintain the hype!
by Steven Box6/29/2016 3:43:26 PM
Actually, here's a question. What do people think of Bayliss as a coach based on evidence thus far? England have not had a bad run under him, but I feel like a lot of that was Farbrace. Meanwhile I worry that Bayliss' pursuit of aggression in Tests might lead to some stupid moments.
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:43:31 PM
Bayliss can probably take credit for some, not all, of England's white-ball success though.
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:45:12 PM
Much like Eddie Jones and the rugby it seems he's developed a much better, positive atmosphere regardless of tactics.
by Andrei Rhodes6/29/2016 3:46:28 PM
Wouldn't mind an aussie in charge of the football team
by Andrei Rhodes6/29/2016 3:46:54 PM
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:47:18 PM
StaggerBreaths - I think he I spent every interview saying how little I do I would be worried about my Job, Joking aside he seems to bring a calm about him. He has helped England win the important games (T20 Final aside) without England being that consistent and the side hasn't changed that much from the one he inherited. Cook seems to have grown as a leader, which could be because he is leading his team now and he is the elder-statesmen or because Bayliss provides the opportunity for it to be his team
by nickcricket6/29/2016 3:48:43 PM
Fair enough about the aura of calm actually, I will give him that and that's arguably the best thing a coach can do.
by StaggerBreaths6/29/2016 3:51:17 PM
everything seems to be moving in the right direction for England. Still areas to improve on and not the 'finished article', but a lot better than we were 18 months or so ago. As the team is young, i can only see it improving further as players get used to the step up and what their roles are in the team going forward: Stokes being a batting all rounder, not a bowling all rounder and so on
by dave6/29/2016 3:55:33 PM
StaggerBreaths - Its difficult looking in to see what a coach of elite players really does, England are a group of players who are massively talented but most are not at their peek years yet so I would say calm is quite important. They are managing to win without having everything sorted in the Test match team there has been a problem with the opening pair and the number three since 2014 and the guy batting at 5 hasn't really contributed since Root played there. The wicketkeeper wasn't scoring any runs then he was missing the odd chance ect
by nickcricket6/29/2016 4:01:26 PM
You could probably look at any team picked for a Test and say there were at least three who can't be totally certain they will be there is 5 tests