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Old 4th May 2011, 18:28   #161
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I thought KP brought aggression to the England captaincy in his brief tenure and it seemed to filter through to his own game. The notion that he doesn't want to play cricket is frivolous and has no merit, nor does the notion that it was as some part of rehabilitation therapy. Best man for the job is the criteria, Strauss keeps test captaincy, KP for ODI captain.
When he was captain last time he was on top of the world, on top of his game and spreading luurve around. In the last two years his form in one-day cricket has plummeted to the extent that he was dropped at the end of the summer. He did look to be getting back into form in the WC before the hernia was diagnosed. Not sure that it's the right time for him to assume the captaincy. Obviously we can't accuse him of not wanting to play cricket but there has been something wrong and I'd like to see him back to his best and none of this talk of retiring from ODIs etc before any thought of making him ODI captain. But personally I don't want him back as captain in any format.
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Why am I not surprised to see this printed in the Telegraph today:

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Flower’s next challenge is a three-Test series against Sri Lanka, starting in Cardiff on May 26, where the key elements of selection will be to find a successor to Collingwood, who retired from Test cricket after the Ashes series, and settle on three quick bowlers.

With Stuart Broad fit, Flower has to choose between James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan.
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Old 4th May 2011, 20:07   #163
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I bet you three pints at a Warrington do they dont drop him ( last of big spenders me).
There is a difference between not dropping him and many folk wanting him to be dropped. As I say for a bloke of 29 with 99 ODIs behind him I'd want success in one shape of form. What we have from him is a moderately steady set of stats which neither reveal an ability to hit big scores/match winning scores on anything like a regular basis or no great boundary hitting/strike rate record. What he had improved and was noted by the stats freaks was that he doesn't play out too many dot balls but all in all it's not enough. If you want a guy to stick around you play your Cook's, Strauss's, Trott's you don't play Bell. I would hazard a guess that they may well stick with Bell, but you won't see any more than we've all ready seen.

I think it is a big year for him in tests though, he can go from being a good reliable player to a top class player. At least two centuries from this summer's tests with one of those v India, a major hole in his CV.
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Stop denying you fancy him Mags! Your allowed to like him as well as Jimmy, I'm sure the latter won't be offended.
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All banta aside this is a big old year for Broad. The boy needs wickets especially with Woakes looking a better bet with the bat and our seaming options.
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Stop denying you fancy him Mags! Your allowed to like him as well as Jimmy, I'm sure the latter won't be offended.
If you were asking me about Tremlett I might give you a different response!
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That's just ridiculous MM. Who was it? Pringle? Broad is the one who has to fight for his test place after the excellent performances of Tremlett and Bresnan along with Anderson in the Ashes.
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Nick Hoult and Derek Pringle are both credited with the article! Numpties the two of them.

What about Steve Finn? Is he a shoe-in as well in their eyes?
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Nick Hoult and Derek Pringle are both credited with the article! Numpties the two of them.

What about Steve Finn? Is he a shoe-in as well in their eyes?
And Finn.

In a way Broad was saved by his injury from what might have been an unproductive series for him, if we go by the performances he did put in. That's not quite fair though as he has often begun poorly in test series and then come to the party late in a series to garner all the plaudits.
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If you were asking me about Tremlett I might give you a different response!
OK, I'll remember that for future reference!
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All banta aside this is a big old year for Broad. The boy needs wickets especially with Woakes looking a better bet with the bat and our seaming options.
I do think Woakes needs an extra yard of pace, but if he really did develop into a player who could bat at 7, that is a different matter entirely, perhaps though ideally we would need a genuine no6 who was nearly a bowler rather than promoting Prior that one spot a tad too high for him.
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This stuff about Cook doesn't make sense. In recent interviews he's been saying how he wants to get back in the ODI team and play in all formats. Just handing him the captaincy before he's achieved that on merit is stupid. It's not as if he has extraordinary captaincy skills to justify it.
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This stuff about Cook doesn't make sense. In recent interviews he's been saying how he wants to get back in the ODI team and play in all formats. Just handing him the captaincy before he's achieved that on merit is stupid. It's not as if he has extraordinary captaincy skills to justify it.
I agree that he should be in the squad on merit but I think he's a decent go in the side, it has only been because they had Strauss in as an opener and captain that they didn't really give Cook a go. I think potentially as a player alone he could do more than Strauss in ODIs even though Strauss was actually pretty good in this last year. For 247 it was the second funniest thing to take the mickey out of gbg after Swann, the better either player played the more likely we were to see a rant, an amusing, usually very well argued but fundamentally flawed rant.
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This is the first decision made by the selectors that I have strongly disagreed with for ages, assuming that the media have not been misinformed.
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We'd laugh it was Pakistan doing this. Not so funny when it's your own team.
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In other news, India appoint Rahul Dravid as captain of the t20 team.
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Captain first, batsman second. We've seen this before!
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It worked with Strauss.
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You didn't win the world cup.
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