Hampshire's good start to season seems to be tailing off now
by Lawrence Payne6/22/2017 10:03:45 AM
WICKET: Hampshire 51/6 (22.5 ov, trail by 147 - 2nd inns) v Lancashire MET Salisbury c Vilas b Anderson 0 (11) Partnership: 1 (3.0 ov) JM Anderson 8.5-4-6-4 SM Ervine 2* (26)
by ESPNcricinfo Live6/22/2017 10:02:41 AM
England are not releasing Buttler to play the DN CC round so that looks like an signal he will be playing the Blast for Lancs
by nickcricket6/22/2017 10:02:22 AM
Lukas Carey for first wicket btw, gone to Rushworth, that's my call
by Matt_MYano6/22/2017 10:01:57 AM
Anyone know if any of these matches are being live streamed? In Australia and would like to watch these!
by Smith1658Smith6/22/2017 10:01:32 AM
by StaggerBreaths6/22/2017 10:01:26 AM
@StaggerBreaths I will trying not be be offended by the level of surprise...
by nickcricket6/22/2017 10:01:08 AM
The thought of Ali batting at 5 against Rabada, Philander and Morkel gives me the jimmies. I think he is no.1 spinner for the moment but I think he needs to have a good summer with Rashid/Leach/Crane looming (England seem to have no interest in Rayner)
by Matt_MYano6/22/2017 10:00:18 AM
Actually Nick makes a good point: TRJ to play at Lord's. Also I notice that sense is prevailing due to the lack of Buttler suggestions. :)
by StaggerBreaths6/22/2017 10:00:17 AM
If Moeen is playing as the primary spinner then picking Wood for me would be dependant on how much Stokes can bowl. If its 4-6 Overs a day then might need someone else if Broad is also struggling
by nickcricket6/22/2017 10:00:13 AM
No I picked Leach, I think England will continue with Moeen but has to make it at number 5 for me. Scored too many runs in 2016 to be dropped
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:58:42 AM
Cook, Jennings, Ballance, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Ali, TRJ, Broad, Wood, Anderson - TRJ & Wood picked over Ball mainly due to it being at Lords. Ball would replace Broad if he's injured.
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:58:02 AM
I'd be taking Footitt and Woakes to Oz on top of that as things stand.
I really want Ballance to get a chance, but I also want Root at 4. He'd be in the 13-man squad.
by StaggerBreaths6/22/2017 9:57:00 AM
(But seriously Cook, Jennings, Stoneman, Root, Ballance, Stokes, Bairstow, Ali, Broad, Wood, Anderson, with TRJ as 12th Man if broad is unfit)
by Matt_MYano6/22/2017 9:55:36 AM
I'd say our attack has fairly good reserves with Wood, Roland-Jones, Ball and even Footit not in my XI.
by jacobnewbury6/22/2017 9:55:01 AM
Stevens, Leach, Shantry. That's all we need
by Matt_MYano6/22/2017 9:54:28 AM
Broad might not be fit for 1st test having a scan today
by Lawrence Payne6/22/2017 9:53:54 AM
I had forgotten about Wood, He would be in my plans for the series but the Tests are all pretty much back to back so he won't be able to play them all. Depends on Broad's fitness as well
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:53:38 AM
@dezdezzy Morgan referenced the Pakistan T20 series where he and Jos both missed a game so I wonder if they will do that again which at least means Billings could be carded at 4. Would think Bairstow will remain at three tomorrow and then he leaves. Billings lack of Cricket is getting a bit daft, wonder if he will be able to find his way back to Kent when his series is over
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:51:12 AM
My XI for a Lords wicket depends whether the ecb are happy for Wood to play Tests again - i take it from the fact that he is only available for the 1st T20 that they are, but can anyone confirm?
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:50:53 AM
Not far off from mine: Cook, Jennings, Root, Bairstow, Ali, Stokes, Foakes, Broad, Wood, Leach, Anderson I do feel slightly bad for Ballance but just feel Foakes deserves his chance.
by jacobnewbury6/22/2017 9:49:13 AM
The problem with Roy is when he does what he did last night in ODIs...T20, as said, game was won by the fourth over
by Matt_MYano6/22/2017 9:47:27 AM
Yeah didn't get the slagging off of Roy yesterday. England's entire regeneration in limited overs cricket has been based on that sort of enterprise and swagger. So it didn't come off - as Nick says, he'd knocked the head off the chase in three overs, so it was job done. He's got three ODI centuries FFS, so it's fairly obvious he can construct an innings, but he had a different job to do last night.
by SDHoneymonster6/22/2017 9:45:09 AM
I will start the ball rolling - Cook, Jennings, Root, Ballance, Moeen, Stokes, Bairstow, Leach, TRJ, Broad, Anderson
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:45:08 AM
Yep i reckon yesterday just proved what everyone feels about Roy - outstanding talent, just needs a bit more thinking to go with his skill. In a low scoring T20 though his 28 off 14 up front was basically enough to kill the game and at least his wicket gave Bairstow a chance to play a part. Sincerely hope Billings gets a proper chance with the bat in the remaining 2 games.
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:43:55 AM
Roy has been the lightest on runs and Bairstow keeps performing so they are looking for a way of getting him in the side, England play so much Cricket now that the next in line reserve will play a decent amount. Bairstow's problem is that when you are not in the full side it is very easy to slip down the pecking order when a Billings or a Duckett is pulling up trees in domestic comps that he can't play in because he is a Test player
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:42:57 AM
So what is everyone's fully fit XI for Lord's?
by jacobnewbury6/22/2017 9:40:35 AM
Love watching Jonny bat so it really improved the game for me and he played shots I haven't seen before so its a good sign from the England setup that people are growing and improving. On the other hand it was a poor SA bowling attack so it is difficult to rave about. Was a bit confused with SKY when they were commenting on Roy's innings, he got the run rate under a run a ball, yes he would like that shot again but for me it was job done.
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:38:53 AM
*food for thought
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:36:14 AM
Meanwhile, Bairstows innings yesterday must be giving the selectors food for though in LO cricket. I am of the view that there is room for BOTH Roy & Bairstow in the ODI & T20's - they should take Bairstows ability as opportunity to rest Root during limited overs cricket unless it's a world tournament or a high profile series against the likes of India/Australia.
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:30:37 AM
@dezdezzy Difficult one, for me the quickest route to the Test side for Foakes is Bairstow scoring runs and missing chances while the middle order continues to fail. Then there will be calls for a better keeper and they won't have to drop there highest run scorer from last year. I do think Foakes is better batting higher up because he builds an innings if he bats down the order then he is required to bat above the pace of his natural game although his WB cricket is improving so maybe he can provide that role at 7 that England like for their Keepers
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:28:13 AM
@nickcricket - whilst i do largely agree with the view that a keeper should be picked more for his keeping skills than his batting, with Bairstow a fixture in the Test side i think Foakes best chance of getting in the England side would be if he were to bat higher (say 4) for Surrey and score a shed load of runs there.
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:24:57 AM
@StaggerBreaths That game seems to be South Africa B v South Africa C
by SDHoneymonster6/22/2017 9:24:36 AM
@StaggerBreaths What about the South African second string playing for Lancs?
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:23:44 AM
What about the South African second string losing to Lancs.? #obviousjokeisobvious
by StaggerBreaths6/22/2017 9:21:40 AM
@dezdezzy Like the Indian weighing in about Keepers, does he not remember Pativ Patel from eariler this year missed more chances than Bairstow in his 'home' conditions and Dhoni was little more than a stopper outside the subcon
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:21:15 AM
@SDHoneymonster - was trying to remember if Canterbury had been low scoring this year? The match report says its a flat pitch with little/no assistance for the seamers. But there is cloud cover today i suppose.
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:19:08 AM
Morning everyone I missed the whole Hants second innings last night. Rossouw not looking a great investment at the moment, What a great competition the CC is Yorkshire beat Lancs, Lancs beat Middlesex and Middlesex beat Yorkshire. Have to hope the South African second string playing the Lions are better than the South African second string that played England last night
by nickcricket6/22/2017 9:18:46 AM
Decent total? With Jovo, Leachy and the little Curran chomping at the bit the Lions already have about 200 runs above par.
by SDHoneymonster6/22/2017 9:14:06 AM
The Lions hopes of a decent total resting on Foakes by the looks of it. Interesting comments section for the match report from yesterday on the subject of Foakes & Hameed!
by dez dezzy6/22/2017 9:05:41 AM
Mornin'! Glad this is up today, with only four matches on I wasn't sure. Matt, at least he knows what's expected of him.
by StaggerBreaths6/22/2017 9:02:18 AM
Morning all. Can't believe Vince had the TEMERITY to drive to cover after I logged off yesterday, depriving me of hearty chuckles