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Old 1st March 2011, 00:21   #141
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There are some interesting responses by Mike Selvey about this very point on the Guardian Blog about this.

His main response is here.
Why did Mike Selvey feel the need to tell the ECB?

I'd also question how brave it was: I don't get the timing. This is timed for maximum coverage being during the World Cup. That to me sounds like someone less enlightened than the Gruaniad's cricket journos forced his hand.

What I do have more respect for is Jimmy Anderson posing for that gay magazine if he already knew about Davies. Fair play if that's the case.

Anyway, I'm more concerned about how this will affect his cricket. Hopefully it'll be the making of him and it'll help him develop the mental strength to deal with pressure and adversity that will see him triumph in the test and ODI arena.
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Old 1st March 2011, 03:06   #142
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Why did Mike Selvey feel the need to tell the ECB?

I'd also question how brave it was: I don't get the timing. This is timed for maximum coverage being during the World Cup. That to me sounds like someone less enlightened than the Gruaniad's cricket journos forced his hand.
He probably told the ECB press officer he knew as a way of alerting them to the probability that if he knew others did also. I doubt it came as news to the ECB (in fact we now know it didn't as Davies had told them before the tour) and I doubt Selvey thought for a moment that it would. Although as it happens, people who might be expected to have guessed (eg v close friends / family) often don't.

You could be right about the timing issue but on balance I think it unlikely. This looks more like a carefully planned media management operation to me. That said, had Davies been playing in the World Cup it would doubtless have been delayed.
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Old 1st March 2011, 07:56   #143
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This is being discussed here now.
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Old 3rd March 2011, 18:00   #144
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Surrey announce their Academy intake for 2011.

http://www.kiaoval.com/news/pemberto...es-2011-intake
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Old 10th March 2011, 11:46   #145
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2011 Squad, with shirt numbers, as listed on Members' fixture list & information sheet:

*Rory Hamilton-Brown (27)
Zafar Ansari (22)
Yasir Arafat (26) - Overseas
Gareth Batty (13)
Michael Brown (23)
Zander de Bruyn (58)
+Rory Burns (17)
+Steve Davies (9)
Jade Dernbach (16)
Matthew Dunn (4)
Arun Harinath (10)
Tom Jewell (8)
Chris Jordan (11)
Simon king (7)
Tommy Lancefield (21)
Tim Linley (12)
Tom Maynard (55)
Stuart Meaker (18)
Kevin Pietersen (24)
Mark Ramprakash (77)
Jason Roy (20)
Chris Scofield (30)
Matt Spriegel (28)
Shaun Tait (32) - Overseas / T20 only
Chris Tremlett (33)
+Gary Wilson (19)

Ramprakash, capped in his second season in 2002, is now the only capped player in the squad.
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Old 10th March 2011, 13:25   #146
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I missed that Stewart Walters had joined Glamorgan - almost certainly a good move for him, where he should be set to be a regular player.
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Old 10th March 2011, 13:43   #147
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A big year for quite a few of the squad with, I think, 13 of them out of contract at the end of the season.
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Old 10th March 2011, 14:56   #148
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Surrey contract position:

2013: Maynard (1)
2012: Ansari, Batty, Burns, Davies, Dunn, Hamilton-Brown, Jewell, Linely, Ramprakash, Roy, Tremlett, Wilson (12)
2011: Arafat, Brown, De Bruyn, Dernbach, Harinath, Jordan, King, Lancefield, Meaker, Pietersen, Schofield, Spriegel, Tait (13)
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Old 10th March 2011, 15:23   #149
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Surrey look like so many sides in Division 2:

strong on batting, weakness in the bowling department.

It seems that promotion is up for grabs this year, perhaps with no outstanding side as there was in 2009 and 2010.
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Old 10th March 2011, 15:35   #150
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Tremlett, Meaker, Dernbach, Jordan Arafat is an impressive seam attack - with lots of qualifications about it though. Spin doesnt look all that.
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Tremlett, Meaker, Dernbach, Jordan Arafat is an impressive seam attack - with lots of qualifications about it though. Spin doesnt look all that.
Makes you wonder if an overseas spinner may have been a better option!
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Old 10th March 2011, 20:04   #152
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Tremlett, Meaker, Dernbach, Jordan Arafat is an impressive seam attack - with lots of qualifications about it though. Spin doesnt look all that.
Tremlett will be involved with England, and Jordan most likely injured for much of the summer. With that in mind I can understand the Arafat signing.
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Old 10th March 2011, 23:44   #153
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Makes you wonder if an overseas spinner may have been a better option!
The problem was finding a good one who isn't going to miss half the season due to international commitments. We've spent the last two years looking for one and not found him.

Arafat should be available for the entire season, has an excellent track record, and given the departure of Nel and likely absence on England duty of Tremlett will add valuable experience to the fast attack. The spin bowling does look ordinary, but no more so than most other Division 2 teams. Salisbury & Doshi were good enough to get us promoted in 2006; Batty & Schofield compare favourably I feel.
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Old 11th March 2011, 07:39   #154
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Arafat was a bit hit-and-miss in the championship, tbh - reliable performer in the one day stuff, and a decent batsman at 8 or so.

Hes a good team man,though - fairly low-maintenance
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Old 11th March 2011, 08:27   #155
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Tremlett, Meaker, Dernbach, Jordan Arafat is an impressive seam attack - with lots of qualifications about it though..
That being which half isn't injured or on England duty.

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Oh come on Kim, your doing your mag down there!
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The problem was finding a good one who isn't going to miss half the season due to international commitments. We've spent the last two years looking for one and not found him.

Arafat should be available for the entire season, has an excellent track record, and given the departure of Nel and likely absence on England duty of Tremlett will add valuable experience to the fast attack. The spin bowling does look ordinary, but no more so than most other Division 2 teams. Salisbury & Doshi were good enough to get us promoted in 2006; Batty & Schofield compare favourably I feel.
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Old 31st March 2011, 18:38   #157
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Tremlett, Meaker, Dernbach, Jordan Arafat is an impressive seam attack - with lots of qualifications about it though. Spin doesnt look all that.
Meaker and Linley (who you didn't mention) have done well in warm ups. Meaker looks like he is bowling very quickly.

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Meaker and Linley (who you didn't mention) have done well in warm ups. Meaker looks like he is bowling very quickly.

http://www.youtube.com/user/surreycr.../0/F0pmUHN1LzQ
Meaker reminds me of Darren Gough; not especially tall but a natural athlete and pretty rapid in pace. He gets a lot of his wickets clean bowled with fast yorkers. I feel he will come good spectacularly in the near future.

Linley is a classical "English fast-medium" bowler. Tall, slim, with a smooth metronomic action, doesn't give away many runs. A great first change bowler, or opening bowler whan needed.

We've got a good pace attack with Tremlett, Dernbach, Arafat, Linley, Meaker; hope Batty & Schofield can supply the spin options. Just hope we can get enough of those on the field at the same time to win games.
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Meaker reminds me of Darren Gough; not especially tall but a natural athlete and pretty rapid in pace. He gets a lot of his wickets clean bowled with fast yorkers. I feel he will come good spectacularly in the near future.

Linley is a classical "English fast-medium" bowler. Tall, slim, with a smooth metronomic action, doesn't give away many runs. A great first change bowler, or opening bowler whan needed.

We've got a good pace attack with Tremlett, Dernbach, Arafat, Linley, Meaker; hope Batty & Schofield can supply the spin options. Just hope we can get enough of those on the field at the same time to win games.
Your batting would look a bit weak then.
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May be reading too much into the friendlies but it looks like Roy may bat at three with Wilson possibly being the latest to try to fill the problem openers position. As far as I can see that leaves Maynard and de Bruyn battling over the number four spot.

I think Linley may well play in the opening few matches at least because he is suited to the usual early season conditions and with Dernbach and Arafat to come back and Meaker looking sharp it could be a four pronged pace attack to start the season at least. Good to see Jordan bowling in the friendlies too.
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