@dave totally agree with this. I think it will be long-term brilliance but it's not working at the moment. I'd love to see George Bartlett feature in the Somerset CC side this season but even more than that, I would like to see Abell get some form with the bat and learn some on-field leadership skills on the way.
by Dan Botten4/24/2017 1:30:44 PM
just like the UKIP chap being at the Hillsborough disaster
by dave4/24/2017 1:30:22 PM
Was just thinking the same about Durham
by David Taylor4/24/2017 1:30:04 PM
sorry Hoppsy you'd remember if you were in the crowd for that and you'd remember if you weren't - I was at Craven Cottage so know for a fact he wasn't! bizarre
by Russell Chapman4/24/2017 1:29:36 PM
I bet Hampshire wish they had a decent leg-spinner to knock over these two...
by andrewphall4/24/2017 1:29:23 PM
@Henry, MyBurgh and young Bartlett, also Byroom not a million miles away from first team action. Plenty of other batters to choose from. I don't think Abell should be discarded, but you can't carry a player for too long before it a) affects the team and b) affects the player. It might, long term be brilliance from Maynard, but at the moment I think he got it wrong and there is nothing bad about admitting a mistake and dealing with it
by dave4/24/2017 1:28:25 PM
middlesex win ...
by Yaacov4/24/2017 1:27:57 PM
@MattRichardson Johannes Myburgh is the much more obvious choice
by Will4/24/2017 1:27:43 PM
Henry - Play S Davies as a specialist batsman and bring in RC Davies to keep?
by Matt Richardson4/24/2017 1:26:41 PM
@nickcricket Yes, I know.
by Dan Botten4/24/2017 1:26:28 PM
I thought appointing Abell was sure to put a young player under an awful lot of pressure, hope i'm proved wrong though, I'd hate to see his talent wasted.
by Dave Knibb4/24/2017 1:26:17 PM
Honest false memories are very possible of course.... as it is Gary, please let's not head into politics on this subject...
by David Hopps4/24/2017 1:26:12 PM
WICKET: Warwickshire 302/6 (92.3 ov, lead by 197 - 2nd inns) v Surrey R Clarke c Borthwick b TK Curran 27 (66) Partnership: 80 (20.2 ov) TK Curran 22.3-2-65-2 TR Ambrose 84* (120)
by ESPNcricinfo Live4/24/2017 1:25:53 PM
Cliff grinds for Canadiashire
by Russell Chapman4/24/2017 1:25:52 PM
WICKET: Essex 104/5 (46.4 ov, target: 452) v Middlesex AJA Wheater c Malan b Roland-Jones 0 (12) Partnership: 0 (4.0 ov) TS Roland-Jones 12.4-3-31-2 RS Bopara 15* (60)
by ESPNcricinfo Live4/24/2017 1:25:16 PM
For me theyve got to stick with Abell it is only 2 games into the season for goodness sake, apart from the fact there is literally NO other options for somerset in the present or even near future, what is point of giving someone the captaincy at the age of 23 and then not giving him time. Also having watched him bat on his debut and seen his first first class hundred as well as even many other not such as successful innings this guy can really bat!!!
by Henry Thorner4/24/2017 1:25:15 PM
Who is Cliff Thorburn and which County does he play for?
by nickcricket4/24/2017 1:25:13 PM
To Leicester's credit, they got 75 off the last 10 against frontline bowlers - no pies being offered (Melton Mowbray or otherwise)
by David Taylor4/24/2017 1:24:48 PM
talking of cues did anyone see The Crucible last night? Gary Lineker lying about being in the crowd for Cliff Thorburn's 147 - he was playing for Leicester at Fulham - why would you do that?
by Russell Chapman4/24/2017 1:24:25 PM
Dropped Bresnan twice. Not doing ourselves any favours here.
by Matt Warwick4/24/2017 1:23:55 PM
@Sam Dyer, I was of the opinion that he lost his place last year due to form and him being at three this year was result of it. Whatever the reason, his form is suffering and he is slowly moving further down the batting order. Neither is desirable I would imagine.
by dave4/24/2017 1:23:42 PM
Dan Botten - So far he has played two CC matches this summer and averages half a run
by nickcricket4/24/2017 1:23:28 PM
Ah. Right on cue!
by Dave Robjohns4/24/2017 1:22:28 PM
Gale also dropped himself of a Championship match when he wasn't good enough to get in the side but he knew that was one game then Root would head back to England
by nickcricket4/24/2017 1:22:21 PM
Are Leicestershire actually going to declare or have they forgotten?! Surely 360 off ~56 overs already too much for Glamorgan!
Tom Abell is a quality young player who will play for England.
by Dan Botten4/24/2017 1:21:52 PM
TEAM 300: Warwickshire 300/5 (91.3 ov, lead by 195 - 2nd inns) v Surrey TR Ambrose 82* (117) R Clarke 27* (63)
by ESPNcricinfo Live4/24/2017 1:21:41 PM
Matt - Yes in white ball cricket Gale was always a bit behind the times as strike rate went up he didn't expand his range of shot he just slogged harder
by nickcricket4/24/2017 1:21:10 PM
Bresnan dropped twice and now been hit in the box
by Dave Robjohns4/24/2017 1:20:34 PM
I know Boycott dropped himself for 3 years because he WASN'T Captain...
by Dave Knibb4/24/2017 1:20:13 PM
He did, Cricinfo ran a very good piece on it a few years back, in their Rewind series (which seems to have finished now, alas)
by David Taylor edited by David Hopps4/24/2017 1:19:57 PM
@dave He was always batting at 3 this season. Reasoning being that it gave him a bit of time between captaincy and batting as he apparently is very much someone who takes a bit of time to get in the frame of mind for it.
by Sam Dyer4/24/2017 1:19:41 PM
Didn't Denness drop himself for England once?
by Dave Knibb4/24/2017 1:19:02 PM
Gale did drop himself, but he was a far more senior player and probably knew full well about the succession plan at the time.
by Matt Richardson4/24/2017 1:18:25 PM
didn't Gale drop himself from the team for a game or two last season. Perhaps Abell will do the same?
by dave4/24/2017 1:16:59 PM
Good pressure by Hants but wickets seeming unlikely.
by Matt Warwick4/24/2017 1:16:53 PM
@DavidTaylor They will both be delighted with a draw!
by Beth Watson4/24/2017 1:15:35 PM
Nick - Yorks have had that a lot recently. Gale barely merited a place in the team in his last couple of seasons either.
by Matt Richardson4/24/2017 1:15:26 PM
i'd make Trego captain for Somerset. I think Abel could do with some confidence boosting time in the seconds. Must now forget as well that he has already been bunted down from opener to number three due to his loss of form.
by dave4/24/2017 1:15:23 PM
Dropping Abell would be the worst thing they could do right now. Maybe hand the captaincy over to Tresco or Trego for a few matches until he finds some form? Clearly a really talented young player.
by Matt Richardson4/24/2017 1:14:56 PM
by nickcricket4/24/2017 1:14:42 PM
Simliar situation to Lees in white ball cricket last year, he was captain and Yorkshire didn't have a lot of options with the England players away but he wasn't worth his place in the side. Especially in T20 when a modern SR was always a problem