If it is rained off at the death than that will encapsulate Middlesex's infuriating season quite nicely.
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:23:15 PM
Come on Azeem Rafiq, prove me wrong
by Dominic Sayers7/6/2016 3:23:40 PM
Not sure, Buttler missed that stumping in the WI series which was at a critical stage of a match where England couldn't force at win. I don't think there is much in it stood up and at least Bairstow will have kept a lot to Rashid, It hard to blame England's Keepers for the lack of stumping when the bowling isn't good enough for there to be an opportunity
by nickcricket7/6/2016 3:25:54 PM
Also the number of times I've misread the last option in the poll as "but only if he gets a tattoo like Dame Judi Dernbach"
by StaggerBreaths edited by David Hopps7/6/2016 3:26:08 PM
(But it will be completer if Middx. can force the win.)
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:26:49 PM
WICKET: Yorkshire 147/8 (58.4 ov, trail by 24 - 2nd inns) v Middlesex AJ Hodd c Rayner b Murtagh 6 (22) Partnership: 3 (2.3 ov) TJ Murtagh 12.4-3-37-2 Azeem Rafiq 2* (8)
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/6/2016 3:34:24 PM
TEAM 200: Worcestershire 203/4 (45.3 ov, target: 366) v Leics RA Whiteley 64* (103) JM Clarke 59* (87)
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/6/2016 3:34:36 PM
(barely suppressed squeaking)
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:34:58 PM
Has Bairstow's keeping really been that bad that Buttler is the answer?!
by Richard Baker7/6/2016 3:35:10 PM
i'm still going with Patto 15 not out at the end
by dave7/6/2016 3:35:13 PM
Well quite, Richard. Well quite, Dave.
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:35:47 PM
Richard Baker - Well if you take the runs Bairstow scores with the bat and subtract 32.5 runs (Average Test Wicket value) per drop since he took the gloves, he still averages 50 with the bat. So as long as he continues to bat like a god there is no problem
by nickcricket7/6/2016 3:37:24 PM
Both (Butler and Bairstow) are much of a muchness: both are 'keeper batsmen and neither is a 'great' 'keeper. Can either improve sufficiently to better the other? I don't think there will ever be a substantial difference between the two. Bairstow, at least at the moment, appears to be doing well enough, so go with it or pick an actual 'keeper, a proper 'keeper, then play both as batsmen if that is your whim
by dave7/6/2016 3:38:35 PM
Buttler was better at taking catches I don't remember him missing many chances, but he did conceded 26 byes at Lords last year in a Test against New Zealand so to say he was perfect is a stretch.
by nickcricket7/6/2016 3:41:12 PM
Perhaps both need time to learn their craft in their respective formats? Alternatively pick Foakes and have done.
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:43:01 PM
i definitely remember Butler dropping catches and missing stumping(s) - perhaps in ODI - but he is, and always has been, a batsman that keeps wicket. Its almost perverse to pick them both for their batting then to grumble about their 'keeping. If you want a good 'keeper then pick one... the only question is there someone who is good enough to be picked as a specialist 'keeper - Alex Barrow apart of course
by dave7/6/2016 3:44:08 PM
Bates. Bring back the traditional number 11, with cross-batted swipes, agricultural hoicks, and falling over mid-swish!
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:45:08 PM
Patto 20% of the way.
by StaggerBreaths7/6/2016 3:45:18 PM
DON'T SAY THAT COUNTYCHAMP WHY MUST YOU SAY THAT IT'LL RAIN NOW