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Old 27th July 2017, 16:18   #941
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I think Surrey will be my tip for relegation next season.

No Sanga; Tom Curran likely to be missing on international duty for stretches of the summer and maybe Stoneman (or even Burns) also. Is Batty due to retire as well?

Ansari and Footitt aren't necessarily stars but are hard to replace.

Sibley would be a huge loss.

Rikki Clarke isn't the worse bit of business but they'll need to recruit wisely before next year.
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Old 27th July 2017, 17:06   #942
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I think Surrey will be my tip for relegation next season.

No Sanga; Tom Curran likely to be missing on international duty for stretches of the summer and maybe Stoneman (or even Burns) also. Is Batty due to retire as well?

Ansari and Footitt aren't necessarily stars but are hard to replace.

Sibley would be a huge loss.

Rikki Clarke isn't the worse bit of business but they'll need to recruit wisely before next year.
I think Virdi will naturally take Batty's place. I'd say they're more likely to miss Foakes than Stoneman or Burns for international duty. Stoneman will probably have already been discarded by England at the rate they're going through players. Then it's up to recruitment which lets face it Surrey get first pick, so should be alright.
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Old 3rd August 2017, 11:27   #943
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I think Surrey will be my tip for relegation next season.

No Sanga; Tom Curran likely to be missing on international duty for stretches of the summer and maybe Stoneman (or even Burns) also. Is Batty due to retire as well?

Ansari and Footitt aren't necessarily stars but are hard to replace.

Sibley would be a huge loss.

Rikki Clarke isn't the worse bit of business but they'll need to recruit wisely before next year.
Ansari is the big loss. As a genuine all-rounder at county level - able to bat anywhere in the top six and bowl long spells as and when required - he balanced the whole side and gave a lot of options with regard to selecting the rest of the XI. Borthwick theoretically might fill the breach, but he's been bowled sparingly so far and it seems to be too easy for opponents to hit him out of the attack.

So now that's Ansari, Footitt, Sangakkara and Sibley who will be gone by next year. Ollie Pope may emerge as a natural alternative to Sibley. It would also help if Jason Roy could be dissuaded from playing in the IPL again. It will be interesting to see who the new overseas player is. (And indeed which players Surrey approach at other counties.) Aaron Finch has done well as Sanga's locum, but Surrey have a tendency to look for a real marquee name wherever possible.

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I think Virdi will naturally take Batty's place. I'd say they're more likely to miss Foakes than Stoneman or Burns for international duty. Stoneman will probably have already been discarded by England at the rate they're going through players. Then it's up to recruitment which lets face it Surrey get first pick, so should be alright.
In an ideal world Virdi would have succeeded Batty with Ansari also in the side, but obviously that won't happen now and he'll be under more pressure to deliver. Batty will turn 40 this Autumn; I'm not sure how long he intends to continue, but he still looks pretty fit.
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