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Of course he might well get a ten-fer against this lot up at Durham and thus secure a dubious place for the immediate future.
by StaggerBreaths5/23/2016 9:54:58 AM
@StaggerBreaths couldn't think of a less inspiring choice. Why not give one of the youngsters who've made a solid start to the season a go like CurranT, Jove or even Ball - it's not as if we don't bat deep enough.
by storrse5/23/2016 9:56:07 AM
Morning everyone! Not sure about England's new policy of always including someone whose name rhymes with "oaks". Good news for Ben Ffoaks though. And John Noaks, I suppose.
by Beardy_Ed5/23/2016 9:56:15 AM
Reasonably, although I wouldn't be against Ali to 6 and Ball to debut. Don't think Anderson/Finn/Broad/Ball is a viable lower order against stronger opposition but Sri Lanka aren't that
by NemoUKS5/23/2016 9:56:44 AM
feel rather 'meh' about Woakes, though its probably better that he plays as the 4th seamer, rather than the 3rd as in SA where he lacked penetration!
by Oliver Ellis5/23/2016 9:58:51 AM
Storrse I'm going to have to take issue with "we bat deep enough". We really wouldn't if we chose another 11. Even up the order I'm not convinced with Moe as a Test-class batsman - he has an average in the low forties in the second division. Broad isn't an 8 any more, Finn and Anderson aren't much to write home about (despite one beautiful stroke from Finny last match). It might work, but we'd have a tail on the same level as... well, as Sri Lanka's. And it's not like our top order is paradisical either.
by StaggerBreaths5/23/2016 9:59:16 AM
I suppose a like for like replacement makes sense if they want to try out the backup allrounder against weaker opposition.
by Beardy_Ed5/23/2016 9:59:31 AM
Fact is that, based on the last showing, we could probably beat Sri Lanka with 9 men.
by Beardy_Ed5/23/2016 10:00:02 AM
Bairstow probably will go to 6, Ali to 7, then Broad 8 Ball 9 or Woakes 8 Broad 9
by afca_oc5/23/2016 10:00:29 AM
Curran or Jove might work against Sri Lanka though. I feel Woakes has mostly been chosen on the back of his (impressive) hundred the other week, with his bowling a secondary-choice-but-not-by-much.
by StaggerBreaths5/23/2016 10:00:32 AM
What's Broad like as a bat, those who have watched him?
by StaggerBreaths5/23/2016 10:01:11 AM
Not Broad, Ball! I know too much about Broad.
by StaggerBreaths5/23/2016 10:01:21 AM
I wonder just how boring it's going to get at Lords, does anyone know what the lowest amount of bonus points scored by both teams combined in a single innings is? If Somerset bat 30 overs for less than 80 runs and no wickets, unlikely yes, then it'd set a low bar at a combined 2 points.....There will have been numerous 3 point games where teams are skittled for no batting points, but surely there's not been lower than 2! In all likelihood you'd expect Somerset to score a few more than 80 and a wicket or two to fall, even then that'd only be 4 points total which is pretty low