dave - Yes but how many dibby dobbers is he going to have to face at International level? Those bowlers are effective in early season English conditions. I am not suggesting he is in the form of his life but having got the nod over the winter and got a Test ton I think he deserves a few matches before Ally Cook gets another opening partner
by nickcricket6/19/2017 9:21:36 AM
if he got mostly of his runs against Notts, who do have a Stellar bowling attack, by extension then, he must have failed miserably against the likes of Glam, Glouc Leic et al, who are, on certain days, n much more than minor counties, so works both ways what you're saying
by dave6/19/2017 9:18:22 AM
Looking back Broad didn't play so I retract that dig at the WI, still Fletcher, Pattinson, Ball, Gurney and Patel is a high quality attack
by nickcricket6/19/2017 9:18:12 AM
dave - Quite a lot of the runs he did get were against notts who had a better attack than the WI will have player in the summer so it isn't that easy
by nickcricket6/19/2017 9:15:38 AM
@nick, 39 in div 2 worth what, 30 in div 1?
by dave6/19/2017 9:14:45 AM
Hameed will play a significant role for England over the next 10 years. Tam England just need to manage him correctly - if he does have a glitch/loss of form or whatever you want to call it, there s absolutely no point in making it worse by exposing it to the best (arguably?) bowling attack in the world. Let him have the year at Lancs, get it sorted, come back a better player.
by dave6/19/2017 9:13:14 AM
The SA bowling attack is so good they could stick any player in and they could not make many runs without doing a lot wrong
by nickcricket6/19/2017 9:11:54 AM
Hameed will be back though, every batsmen has a form dip here and there
by dez dezzy6/19/2017 9:10:31 AM
England will never do horses for courses with batmen, Jennings is still averaging 39. Yes it isn't stellar but England players have done a lot worse in CC and retained there place to be judged on Test form. *Cough* Micheal Vaughan never got any runs for Yorkshire even after he was a test player
by nickcricket6/19/2017 9:09:35 AM
I think it will be Jennings unless Hameed has a remarkable upturn in the next couple of weeks, even though Jennings hasn't been in top touch himself. They might both be in the squad though.
by dez dezzy6/19/2017 9:06:29 AM
I actually fancy a 'horses for courses' approach to the batting and bringing Balance back in - he does okay against fast bowling, but can;t play spin. I;d like to think he'd do okay against SA and possibly n Oz? Drop him again for a 'spin specialist' whenever we tour the sub continent again.
by dave6/19/2017 9:05:37 AM
Hameed isn't in position - Jennings came in for him, so one or the other would play on that logic. Nether has been in great form either, so nothing to suggest that both would automatically get in. Hameed, as a youngster doesn't need to be developing/fixing a glitch in his technique on the big stage.
by dave6/19/2017 9:03:55 AM
Don't think Stoneman will get called up yet, surely one of the men in position will hold on weather that be Hameed or Jennings and both could play with Root at 4. I remember people saying that is batting average of 30 was just because of playing at CLS but his away record at that time wasn't any better but he is stacking them up now but the England team always seems to struggle with late developers
by nickcricket6/19/2017 9:00:52 AM
@dave - Stoneman does seem to have been a lot more consistent since he joined Surrey though (famous last words!) - last year he kept hitting a fast 40 odd & then getting out if i remember rightly.
by dez dezzy6/19/2017 8:59:34 AM
i hope Stoneman scores runs and gets the nod for full honors. Has performed well over the years, though it is a little odd (Cronyism?) that he only gets a look in when he moves down South
by dave6/19/2017 8:56:42 AM
fans* Freudian slip...
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:56:41 AM
Middlesex fan is Nick Compton likely to play today?
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:56:09 AM
morning all. I think Bess will get a game as a second spinner. The weather is as good as it is ever going to be to aid slow bowlers.
by dave6/19/2017 8:54:21 AM
That is pretty much the order they are listed on the ECB website from the squad announcement, just took a couple of players out to make it 11. Not sure on the bowlers, would be odd for Bess to play his first match away from Cinderabad for the Lions
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:54:07 AM
Keaton Jennings Mark Stoneman Haseeb Hameed Nick Gubbins Dan Lawrence Ben Foakes (wk) Sam Curran Jamie Overton Tom Helm Jamie Porter Jack Leach
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:52:58 AM
As it's only 1 game, who do we think the playing 11 will be? Really hoping Bess gets the game, and they seem to be top heavy on opening batsmen (4) so surely they will only play max 3 of them (an opener batting at 4 is hardly proving what he can do, unless things go very wrong!).
by dez dezzy6/19/2017 8:49:40 AM
They have got a few from Surrey but they have a bye this week so they are not missing first team cricket although they may need to rest them later on
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:46:45 AM
@dezdezzy Yes the ECB are trying not to drain any one county more than necessary, maybe they felt taking TRJ was too much and Helm hasn't always been in Middlesex's first XI. The lions isn't the full second XI it is a development side, Westley may have had the same problem with Lawrence and Ballance with Bairstow and Root
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:44:23 AM
Morning all. Great day to have off.
by Matt Warwick6/19/2017 8:44:19 AM
Morning all. Re. TRJ, it's possible that he's already 'made it' to an extent and they feel that they know what he can offer, so they might want to take a look at Helm instead. Otherwise him over Helm seems a no-brainer.
by StaggerBreaths6/19/2017 8:42:37 AM
@jlcis His overall record is still quite modest, its getting to that point where it is now or never. Had a good winter with the Lions and his scoring div 1 runs now which is a bonus.
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:41:40 AM
@nickcricket Yes I am hopeful for Porter some day, but I fear that Westley may get overlooked for younger players (even though he is not that old) next time a place opens up.
by jlcis6/19/2017 8:38:43 AM
Yeah surprised that TRJ isn't in the Lions 'Test' squad as well, though they do have to be careful not to take too many players from counties that are playing in the CC & and they already have Gubbins & Helm
by dez dezzy6/19/2017 8:38:35 AM
About to have a look at mine, like to wait until squad are out as I kept being stung by rotation
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:37:04 AM
Not ideal that over 50% of my fantasy team are unavailable for my top of the table clash with Moeens Moonball this week...
by dez dezzy6/19/2017 8:35:30 AM
Do think he will play at some point, Surprised Westley isn't in the Lions team. Looked ridiculous before he gave it away in the semi final vs Notts.
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:29:47 AM
Jamie Porter for England... ;)
by jlcis6/19/2017 8:27:17 AM
What about that lad at Hants taking all the wickets? Kyle something. Lots of options about and lets not forget Finn was the best bowler until his injury in South Africa last year.
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:10:24 AM
I would like to see Tom Curran drafted in before too long - made it into the T20 and ODI squads now
by Tom Stedman6/19/2017 8:07:44 AM
you'd think if Jimmy's fit the bowling would be him, Broad, Stokes, Moeen and... Wood? i'd still be a heavy Toby Roland-Jones advocate though
by Rob Little6/19/2017 8:06:31 AM
England will be missing Woakes and won't want to overbowl Stokes so I guess they won't want to take a punt on a half fit Anderson. Micheal Vaughan can recycle is piece from last year boasting how he sent Flintoff into early retirement
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:04:10 AM
If he is playing for Lancs today he must be on track but I guess the ECB will be monitoring how he comes though this game
by nickcricket6/19/2017 8:00:37 AM
Is Anderson going to be available for the first SA test?
by Tom Stedman6/19/2017 7:59:25 AM
Morning all, Rashid in the Yorkshire squad? Surprised given he has been 'rested' for the iT20 but it good to see the ECB looking to give him a chance to push his test case maybe. Harry Brook has made a stack of runs recently in the 2nd XI final and against Lancs 2nds but is just out of school
by nickcricket6/19/2017 7:57:44 AM
It's very early for anyone else to be on here, good morning all. Its glorious weather for cricket and terrible to be an office!
by jlcis6/19/2017 7:48:42 AM
by David Hopps6/18/2017 9:10:05 PM
Essex v Warwickshire:
Leaders Essex will need to brush aside defeat against Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final when they face bottom club Warwickshire at Chelmsford. They are without Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter, who join England Lions for a four-day game against South Africa A starting in Canterbury on Wednesday. Warwickshire have Jeetan Patel back after his Champions Trophy commitments with New Zealand.
Lancashire v Hampshire:
Lancashire, now fourth after their defeat of Middlesex at Southport, look short of batting strength after losing Liam Livingstone to England’s T20 squad, and Haseeb Hameed to the Lions. The return of James Anderson might lift their mood. Hampshire have James Vince back but are without T20 call-ups Liam Dawson and Mason Crane.
Middlesex v Yorkshire: Adil Rashid returns for Yorkshire as they aim for a third consecutive win, on the ground where their hopes of a third consecutive title were ended in dramatic fashion last September – with Rashid a controversial absentee because of exhaustion. Harry Brook, a teenage opener who has scored heavily for the 2nd XI, joins the squad – a wake-up call, at the very least for the likes of Alex Lees and Jack Leaning. Middlesex’s long unbeaten Championship run ended against Lancashire at Southport last week, and they have lost Dawid Malan to England’s T20 squad and Tom Helm and Nick Gubbins to the Lions, but Steven Finn is available after an inactive Champions Trophy.
Durham v Glamorgan: Glamorgan can boast consecutive Championship wins under their new captain Michael Hogan – the first of them against Durham in Swansea. But they have lost seamer Timm van der Gugten to Holland. Durham, still looking for their first win of the season and to move into credit after starting the season with a 48 point deduction – must replace Keaton Jennings who will be leading the Lions.
Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire – Nottinghamshire are having a fine season under Peter Moores’ elevation to coach with a Lord’s final to add to their position as Division Two leaders. They have their full-strength seam attack available again, leaving Alex Hales as their only senior absentee. That could spell bad news for Leicestershire.
Worcestershire v Kent – A big game between third and second, although Worcestershire are in a rot, having lost successive Championship matches and thrashed by Surrey in the Royal London Cup semi-final. They have Moeen Ali available again, whereas Kent are still missing Sam Billings and don’t have Adam Milne’s pace on hand until the end of the month.