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Old 7th March 2011, 13:57   #141
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Bell or Bopara to open, surely. Wouldn't have Prior anywhere near it.
I don't think Bopara will get the gig. It's between Bell and Prior.
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Old 7th March 2011, 13:59   #142
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Bell or Bopara to open, surely. Wouldn't have Prior anywhere near it.
Neither would I, but we don't have another wicketkeeper in the squad. Oh wait, you meant the opening spot didn't you?
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Old 7th March 2011, 14:10   #143
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Bell or Bopara to open, surely. Wouldn't have Prior anywhere near it.
Nor would I. Its never worked and I was struck by 100 yards stare's point a while ago, that he's opened in two series in India before - and ended up being dropped both times. There's only so many times you can go to the same well before it gets absurd. Bell for me.
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Old 7th March 2011, 14:30   #144
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Nor would I. Its never worked and I was struck by 100 yards stare's point a while ago, that he's opened in two series in India before - and ended up being dropped both times. There's only so many times you can go to the same well before it gets absurd. Bell for me.
Neither would I. Bell for me.
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Old 7th March 2011, 16:23   #145
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I don't think Bopara will get the gig. It's between Bell and Prior.
Prior again I guess...glad to see Morgan back
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It has to be Bell.

With no KP, at least we might stop gifting overthrows now.
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Old 7th March 2011, 21:45   #147
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I heard Swann suggested as a possible opener today - it's not the worst suggestion in the world. He's done it at county level.
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Old 7th March 2011, 23:08   #148
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I wonder if Flower's assertion that they know who will open the batting with Strauss but won't tell anyone till the toss on Friday is a bluff and actually they have absolutely no idea.
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I would go for Bell but England are fixated with the keeper/opener idea, so it's likely to be Prior.
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Old 8th March 2011, 00:25   #150
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Wouldn't go for it myself, but I'm a little surprised that no-one has mentioned Trott as a candidate to open.
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Old 8th March 2011, 08:34   #151
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I was wondering whether switching KP to open might have been an (apparently unsuccessful) effort by the England management to get him more interested in participating in the tournament.
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I was wondering whether switching KP to open might have been an (apparently unsuccessful) effort by the England management to get him more interested in participating in the tournament.
You can't argue with the fact that he needs an operation and is in discomfort. He might have continued but getting back that elusive ODI form would have been even more difficult. I think you're on the right lines about the management asking KP to open to give him a new challenge. But it's a world cup so I'm a loss to understand what more he could possibly need to motivate him. He was Player of the World 20/20 and could have added Player of the World Cup to his achievements. IPL is just about money.
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Think theres a deanger of talking about KP as if hes a petulant child who needs constant nurturing - often based on the opinions of journos who promulgate thses stories to fill their pages. My impression of KP is that hes a very driven, proud man and I doubt very much that he needed pandering to in this WCup. Hes been very poor in ODIs for a long time for whatever reason and he strikes me as a character who would see this as an opportunity to prove his greatness before walking away from the ODI stage.

And, if they felt he needed motivating in this way, surely they wouldnt have chosen Prior to open in Australia? He could have succeeded after all.
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Think theres a deanger of talking about KP as if hes a petulant child who needs constant nurturing - often based on the opinions of journos who promulgate thses stories to fill their pages. My impression of KP is that hes a very driven, proud by money man and I doubt very much that he needed pandering to in this WCup. Hes been very poor in ODIs for a long time for whatever reason and he strikes me as a character who would see this as an opportunity to prove his greatness before walking away from the ODI stage.

And, if they felt he needed motivating in this way, surely they wouldnt have chosen Prior to open in Australia? He could have succeeded after all.
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Think theres a deanger of talking about KP as if hes a petulant child who needs constant nurturing - often based on the opinions of journos who promulgate thses stories to fill their pages. My impression of KP is that hes a very driven, proud man and I doubt very much that he needed pandering to in this WCup. Hes been very poor in ODIs for a long time for whatever reason and he strikes me as a character who would see this as an opportunity to prove his greatness before walking away from the ODI stage.

And, if they felt he needed motivating in this way, surely they wouldnt have chosen Prior to open in Australia? He could have succeeded after all.


Definitely misunderstood by alot of people. Doesn't stop him being out of form for a very long while.
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Think theres a danger of talking about KP as if hes a petulant child ...
What's the danger, Kim? Sure, one might have got a mistaken impression, but that's equally a danger whatever that impression might be, isn't it? How is the hypthetical impression you mention any more dangerous than your own impression?
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Think theres a deanger of talking about KP as if hes a petulant child who needs constant nurturing - often based on the opinions of journos who promulgate thses stories to fill their pages. My impression of KP is that hes a very driven, proud man and I doubt very much that he needed pandering to in this WCup. Hes been very poor in ODIs for a long time for whatever reason and he strikes me as a character who would see this as an opportunity to prove his greatness before walking away from the ODI stage.

And, if they felt he needed motivating in this way, surely they wouldnt have chosen Prior to open in Australia? He could have succeeded after all.
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What's the danger, Kim? Sure, one might have got a mistaken impression, but that's equally a danger whatever that impression might be, isn't it? How is the hypthetical impression you mention any more dangerous than your own impression?
All impressions can indeed be wrong.
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Think theres a deanger of talking about KP as if hes a petulant child who needs constant nurturing - often based on the opinions of journos who promulgate thses stories to fill their pages. My impression of KP is that hes a very driven, proud man and I doubt very much that he needed pandering to in this WCup. Hes been very poor in ODIs for a long time for whatever reason and he strikes me as a character who would see this as an opportunity to prove his greatness before walking away from the ODI stage.

And, if they felt he needed motivating in this way, surely they wouldnt have chosen Prior to open in Australia? He could have succeeded after all.
I agree with all this.

Particularly the bit about how he was definitely going to retire after this World Cup, but now that he hasn't had that opportunity to prove his greatness he might stay on the ODI stage for a bit longer than he definitely was going to before.
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