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Old 7th August 2011, 16:56   #21
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Indeed - the days of local pride in having a player selected for England are long long gone.
Seriously?

He reminds me a lot of Trescothick with some of his effortless thumps to the boundary.
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Seriously?
I admit, it's a generalisation...but on my travels around the shires, I've noticed a marked decline in enthusiasm from the county faithfuls whenever one of their players is up for selection. They're happy for the player, of course, but not happy about his likely prolonged absence, or even virtual disappearance from the county side due to the proliferation of international fixtures and the hold of the central contract. Thirty odd years ago, Derek Underwood could go off and help England win The Ashes but still play a dozen times for Kent in the CC. Last year, Anderson played 4 times for Lancs, while Broad and Swann managed just 3 appearances between them for Notts. I'm not sure KP averaged as much as one game per year in his Hampshire days.
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I didn't like the way Hales starting slogging towards the end of his innings yesterday, something which eventually caused his downfall. He looks as if he times the ball well enough that he shouldn't need to resort to playing in such a manner.
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Old 8th August 2011, 14:43   #24
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I didn't like the way Hales starting slogging towards the end of his innings yesterday, something which eventually caused his downfall. He looks as if he times the ball well enough that he shouldn't need to resort to playing in such a manner.
I am not yet convinced by Hales for this very reason. In the current ODI set up we have Kieswetter at the top. I guess down the line if Kieswetter does not keep improving he may go and bring Buttler in down the order but I think it is illegal to play a keeper who does not open so not likely.

I would suggest he is someway down the test pecking order given Bops, Taylor and Stokes.

Vince lol whoever compared him to young Joe is bang on IMHO
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Whilst watching the T20 at the weekend the wife walked in as Hales was walking off after being caught. Upon asking who he was, I told her his name and commented that he may well get a England cap at some point. Her response was simply 'he can't play, his eyes are too close together' and then she walked out the room.

Decision made as far as I'm concerned.

Should she see Leicester play, I believe James Taylors nose would equally rule him out.
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Old 22nd August 2011, 16:43   #26
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Another ton today. Strange that they didn't pick him for the Ireland game.
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Old 22nd August 2011, 16:51   #27
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Another ton today. Strange that they didn't pick him for the Ireland game.
Probably just to annoy the Durham fans when they've had their players nicked!
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Old 22nd August 2011, 16:54   #28
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Probably just to annoy the Durham fans when they've had their players nicked!
Yes I noticed they didn't select any Lancashire players either.
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Old 22nd August 2011, 16:55   #29
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Yes I noticed they didn't select any Lancashire players either.
That's because the only decent one is currently playing for England and the next best prospect can't get a game in 4 day cricket.
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Another ton today. Strange that they didn't pick him for the Ireland game.
He scored 115 today and the first 90 was a joy to watch. However, he then got bogged down and he struggled for his next 25 runs before miss hitting a pull and was caught off a skier. He had previously been dropped at backward point when on 97. I'm not being critical of Hales innings as without his contribution our score would have been poor.
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Old 22nd August 2011, 20:51   #31
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to be fair his drop on 96 was not an edge but more of a guide of a short wide ball outside the off stump towards 3rd man, callum thorp couldnt quite cling on due to the pace of the ball at gully. so it was a very difficult chance
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Old 10th September 2011, 11:29   #32
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Surely England can't ignore him now.
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Old 10th September 2011, 11:54   #33
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Surely England can't ignore him now.
Now has as many first class hundreds as Chris Woakes.
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The latest on a pitch where Westwood and Troughton both got 3 figures.
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Surely England can't ignore him now.
I reckon they will drop Strauss for him.
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Old 24th June 2012, 16:50   #36
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Another 50 for the new golden boy of English cricket.
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Old 24th June 2012, 17:18   #37
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Now the highest scoring Englishman in a T20i and destined for a ton.

Can't wait to see him and Cook opening in test cricket together.
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His innings was superb yesterday, really gutted for the boy that he didn't complete the ton - got a corker on 99 though.
He makes the shots look effortless but the main thing noticeable was how good his eye is, he was flicking 90mph deliveries off his hips, pads and hooking for 6's with absolute ease, seemed to have a lot of time to play his shots even against very quick bowling.
Hopefully we've found a long term Trescothick replacement, we've certainly needed one.
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Old 25th June 2012, 09:23   #39
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I saw him get a one-day 100 at TB a few years back, but it was clear at the time that even against medium paced short-pitched bowling he had issues. A lot of these seemed to have been resolved as he played very well off the back foot yesterday, although he did look a bit edgy against Fidel early on.
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Should we then praise the work of the Notts coaches for once.
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