June 21: England Lions are playing a 4 day game against South Africa A, Middlesex Yorkshire starts 19th, gonna hurt us I reckon. Although ironically Gubbins poor recent form might help, plus us just generally not winning, but I reckon we'll have a few there
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:33:50 PM
Duckett played as well as anyone in that ODI series in Bangladesh and seems to have fallen off the radar of the main squad, forgot he had played for the Lions recently. Wonder when the squad of the Lions Red ball match will be out
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:32:05 PM
Malan really deserves to play in my totally unbiased Middlesex opinion, been pretty awesome for the Lions in recent times, and then so has Livingstone recently
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:27:58 PM
Don't think it is ideal for a player in Bairstow who has opened a little this season but is a career middle order player to come into the semi of a world event. At the end of the day any player can get out early in their innings, England could make the switch and he could fail. On the other hand Morgan needs to look at Roy and assess if he is mentally fit to play, if he feels he is and he is as likely as anyone to score runs then no issue
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:27:02 PM
Don't think Duckett has offended anyone - only 1 specialist batsmen has been called up that isn't usually in the squad and they probably chose Malan because he was top run-scorer in the Lions v SA A games. Livingstone is more of an all-rounder.
by dez dezzy6/12/2017 2:25:45 PM
I'm a biased Essex fan but I think Westley should be worth a try before Duckett gets another chance
by Joe Tompkins6/12/2017 2:25:43 PM
That's fair dez, I'll be happy to see Bairstow get a game, hope he doesn't fail, cause that'd be really awkward.
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:24:02 PM
He hasn't had the greatest of seasons so far Ben Duckett, but then neither has Jennings or Hameed for Tests...
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:23:24 PM
@AngusMitchell - when Nasser Hussain starts criticising Roy fairly strongly on air and saying his mind is 'scrambled' i reckon it's an indication that was his last chance (for now) & Bairstow will therefore be playing the semi-final. Hussain is normally a strong supporter of Roy & normally thinks the same way as the England management team do.
by dez dezzy6/12/2017 2:22:51 PM
Plus we've sort of got used to playing with 10 batsmen in ODIs now, so he could definitely play against what looks right now to be Pakistan... However it's also a good chance for Bairstow to finally do something on a pitch that doesn't involve fielding/essentially nothing
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:20:51 PM
Does anyone know who are ECB Towers Ben Duckett has offended?
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:20:35 PM
@dezdezzy I am not really suggesting they drop him but He also averages 19 in International T20 and has 1 fifty in 19 matches, decides if they want to back a cricket a 3 match t20 series no one cares about is the perfect chance
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:18:17 PM
Doubt they will be, Bairstow's gotta carry drinks and field still! I'm actually for Roy playing to be fair, certainly for T20's but we'll have to see, hope he comes good if we do play him
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:17:37 PM
I think Roy is a fixture in the T20 set-up. I can see him being replaced (even if only for a short while) by Bairstow for ODI's though.
@AngusMitchell Yep, although I guess that won't happen. Depends what happens with Roy in the CT. Still been no word on Yorkshire squad for tomorrow i.e if Bairstow or Willey are in it.
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:14:12 PM
INDIVIDUAL 50: T Westley 50* (90) Essex 164/2 (42.2 ov, target: 253) v Surrey
by ESPNcricinfo Live6/12/2017 2:13:58 PM
Roy also has the most T20 centuries of anyone in the squad
by dez dezzy6/12/2017 2:13:55 PM
Yeah, or Malan opening and Bairstow 3?
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:12:14 PM
Roy has quite a poor IT20 record, so England could always go Buttler, Hales, Malan, Morgan, Bairstow, Livingstone, Dawson, Willey, Plunkett, Jordan Wood?
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:11:19 PM
Yeah just to wind the Yorkies up! :)
by dez dezzy6/12/2017 2:11:01 PM
Didn't see the or between Plunkett and Willey, still, no Jonny though?
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:10:33 PM
only 6 bowlers and that includes Livingstone
by dez dezzy6/12/2017 2:09:45 PM
That's a lot of bowling dez, no Bairstow?
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:09:03 PM
Roy, Hales, Billings, Morgan, Livingstone, Buttler, Dawson, Curran, Plunkett or Willey, Jordan, Wood or Crane when he leaves
by dez dezzy6/12/2017 2:08:19 PM
I think so yeah, that's what the Middlesex commentators were saying, so Yorkshire might lose Ballance
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:08:06 PM
Is that when the Lions red ball fixture is?
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:07:31 PM
Yeah probably, they're obsessed with Billings
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:06:50 PM
Oh please don't let Bairstow play against us as well!!! They've already got a considerably stronger squad than they had this match, and we'll be losing Gubbins, Malan, Helm, possibly TRJ, Voges still injured!
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:06:34 PM
I do think Malan deserves a go, just think England will play Billings first
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:06:22 PM
Personally I would have just left him out and let him play against Middlesex to get some overs in behind the stumps and a couple of innings against the Red ball but I guess if England are putting him on the squad again then he will play
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:04:46 PM
I'd suggest: 1: Roy 2: Hales 3: Malan 4: Morgan (c) 5: Bairstow/Billings when Bairstow leaves 6: Butler 7:Dawson 8: Willey 9: Plunkett 10: Jordan 11: Wood/Curran maybe Crane when Wood leaves
by Angus Mitchell6/12/2017 2:04:43 PM
Okay I officially need therapy after that one :'( Gutted for the team that was there for the taking. Fingers crossed for the next one but Somersets season is starting to look horribly ominous. Very poor start has just got worse
by Mark Ofield6/12/2017 2:04:28 PM
Nicks team seems about right. Nice to see Jordan back, and Overton and Curran in the squads, but you'd think they only need one of those as a backup bower.
by NemoUKS6/12/2017 2:03:58 PM
@NemoUKS Apprently not all the players are doing all the games for Example Bairstow is returning to Yorkshire after the first two games to play in the D/N CC round
by nickcricket6/12/2017 2:03:40 PM
@NemoUKS - only 13 are there for the duration though.