@Yaacov, he did make Murtagh out to be like Glen McGrath or Alan Donald, opposed to a pretty good Irishman!
by dave7/11/2016 9:07:14 AM
Yeah think both sides will bowl better than they will bat so 4th/5th days might be rare, Hopefully the Lords pitch will offer a bit more like the NZ pitch last year than most of the recent efforts.
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:07:32 AM
Any thoughts on what England might do if Ballance is injured?
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:08:21 AM
That would completely ruin the Ballance of the side.
by StaggerBreaths7/11/2016 9:08:42 AM
IT HAD TO BE DONE.
by StaggerBreaths7/11/2016 9:08:50 AM
I seriously think they might bring in Borthwick in that case, and not before time.
by StaggerBreaths7/11/2016 9:10:13 AM
If Balance is out, with Butler also out, it could be anyone. I'd like to think Borthwick, but Balance was a fairly left field pick so who knows. Hildreth still not getting a mention, at least not from in the nose Hussain on Sky - read an article over the weekend where he said Borthwick was supper unlucky due to consistently scoring runs, but failed to mention Hildreth
by dave7/11/2016 9:11:12 AM
Depends how much faith they have the Ballance is the man for the no5 slot, if they truly think he is then I would pick Stokes at 6 as a batsmen push Bairstow to 5 for one Test then workout which bowlers/all rounder is missing the second test.
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:13:00 AM
any chance that Hants are making a late bid for survival? Done really well yesterday
by dave7/11/2016 9:13:26 AM
The names that have been mentioned were him, Roy, and I think Westley.
Roy. I mean ferchrissakes. ROY.
by StaggerBreaths7/11/2016 9:13:39 AM
Can't be Borthwick because if he is picked the whole XI will have been born in England and that is unthinkable
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:14:22 AM
Hants made 470 odd last week too. I'm somewhat shocked.
by Matt Warwick7/11/2016 9:14:42 AM
can't believe Westley is seriously being considered: A touch of cronyism by Cook?
by dave7/11/2016 9:14:54 AM
Massively Dave. They're basically going off "He looked good when I played with him" from what I can tell.
by StaggerBreaths7/11/2016 9:15:37 AM
Does show how highly they rate international performances over recent red ball cricket that both Roy and Buttler were considered as batsmen alone.
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:15:41 AM
@Matt, i'd like them to do well, but fear Somerset may suffer as a result. Although we're looking better than last year, i still think we are in the lower ranks of the league with only Hants and Surrey definitely worse
by dave7/11/2016 9:16:10 AM
Well, then let's hope that its Surrey and Notts who go down so both Hants and Somerset can survive. :P
by Matt Warwick7/11/2016 9:17:47 AM
I not for picky Westley but he is having a good season, would get him on some Lions tours and see how he does. The consistently of Div 2 bowlers is the worry. Yes there are some good bowlers around Cook faced Rabada in the last match but I would guess most of the batsmen know if they can get though a good spell the next guy won't be as good and there will be some easy runs on offer
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:18:00 AM
@Nick, it is an interesting argument. I remember when Sri Lanka were here in 14 and Butler had not played tests and they all said they would have picked him on his white ball form/ability. Australia have done it with Warner, India with loads of players from the IPL, so perhaps it is the done thing?
by dave7/11/2016 9:18:24 AM
If Surrey played Yorkshire at the wrong time (with Root and Bairstow) then they are playing them at the right time now, basically the seconds and players who should be in the 2nds (Gale)
by nickcricket7/11/2016 9:19:33 AM
@Matt, i would love it if Notts and Surrey went down. IT gives me a slight perverse satisfaction when the big boys, with all the test money, do badly.
by dave7/11/2016 9:19:41 AM
Morning all. Its got to be borthwick for the squad if ballance misses out. Bowled well yesterday as well. Hildreth keeps getting mentioned without ever overexciting me