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View Poll Results: Which bowlers would you select for the first Ashes Test?
James Anderson 23 95.83%
Stuart Broad 19 79.17%
Mark Wood 18 75.00%
Ben Stokes 17 70.83%
Moeen Ali 6 25.00%
Chris Woakes 7 29.17%
Chris Jordan 2 8.33%
James Tredwell 8 33.33%
Liam Plunkett 2 8.33%
Adil Rashid 7 29.17%
Steven Finn 1 4.17%
Tim Bresnan 2 8.33%
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Old 1st June 2015, 17:45   #21
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A normally sensible poster champions someone who can't get a game for a side in division 2 to play for England. His average over the last two years is 50.

People complain we score too slowly at the top but want us to pick a non wicket taking bowler. Amazing.
Or at least it might be, if it had happened ...
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Old 1st June 2015, 23:52   #22
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I'd be looking at rotating the quicks.

Three from Anderson/Broad/Wood/Woakes/Finn/Plunkett

plus Stokes and Ali and Root.
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I see D/L has gone for an attack of Anderson, Wood, Plunkett, Bresnan and Rashid, bless him. I personally think Jack Brooks and Steven Patterson would be a better bet than Anderson (a past it Lancastrian) and Wood (too raw, not a Yorkie).
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Old 2nd June 2015, 11:18   #24
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Good, balanced attack that can bat a bit too. Didn't go for Brooks - he's not from Yorkshire. Anderson gets his place on merit. Applied the same criterion to Broad.
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Old 2nd June 2015, 11:23   #25
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So what? I bet you went for Broad!
And you went for Bresnan! LOL.
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Word from Derbyshire's last members forum is that Graeme Welch was informed that Footit was close to callup for the current Test and a result Derbyshire were instructed to name a standby for the recent game at Soutport. Make of that what you will, it could all be rubbish.
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Old 2nd June 2015, 13:33   #27
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How much of it really is England's bowling woes? How much of the bowling is affected due to poor catching?
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How much of it really is England's bowling woes? How much of the bowling is affected due to poor catching?
Some of it is down to poor catching.

Bowling bouncer after bouncing the tail and not aiming for the stumps is purely down to the bowlers. I think Ottis Gibson needs to take a portion of the blame.
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Old 2nd June 2015, 14:24   #29
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And you went for Bresnan! LOL.
No doubt, you went for Broad whose last 2 overs went for 39, I think.
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Old 2nd June 2015, 14:34   #30
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Some of it is down to poor catching.

Bowling bouncer after bouncing the tail and not aiming for the stumps is purely down to the bowlers. I think Ottis Gibson needs to take a portion of the blame.
from what you hear Gibson is telling them the right way to bowl but they aren't listening.
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No doubt, you went for Broad whose last 2 overs went for 39, I think.
That's a great sample to use.

Bresnan is a has been, in many ways a "never was". Spent a few years clinging onto the coat tails of the successful opening bowlers and batsmen who put good runs on the board. Going back there would be moronic.
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Old 2nd June 2015, 14:46   #32
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Whereas you'd stick with someone who was a "lucky to be" who doesn't know one end of the bat from the other.

It's part of his most recent form, something that is usually taken into consideration.

However, Napoleon said to give him generals who were lucky. Perhaps there's something of that in Broad's continued selection.
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Whereas you'd stick with someone who was a "lucky to be" who doesn't know one end of the bat from the other.

Massive holes as usual.

On the first bit you type rubbish, without a doubt.

On the second, at present he's not great, I'll grant you that, though he did score more than anyone bar the top two in the 1st innings. He's selected to bowl and took more wickets in this match than any of the others, as he did the first Test.
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The real "rubbish" is the way you seem to pay no attention to anything but figures.
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Not heard anyone who knows anything about the game suggesting we jettison our second best bowler. Only keyboard warriors.
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I'd be happy for Wood to play against the Aussies too. It seems he can bat a bit too.
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That's a great sample to use.

Bresnan is a has been, in many ways a "never was". Spent a few years clinging onto the coat tails of the successful opening bowlers and batsmen who put good runs on the board. Going back there would be moronic.
A never was? He was a very good third seam option and hopefully he still has a future in limited overs international cricket.
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We know that and so do many others. He also knows how to hold a bat.
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I went for...
Anderson, Bresnan, Rashid, Woakes and Plunkett

I'm fed up seeing Broad bowl short - someone should tell him about a ball called a YORKER! There's nothing that Wood's got that puts him into the team, and the same goes for Jordan. I'd ditch Stokes cos he doesn't take enough wickets and he's as expensive as Broad. I've picked Bresnan, Woakes and Rashid cos they can bat a bit. Broad & Stokes do bat, but they give away more than they score. Moeen's batting has deteriorated, and his bowling just isn't good enough. I went for Rashid as a bowler simply because (I think) the Aussies haven't faced him, and I believe in beginners luck(!)

I would have liked Graham Onions as an option - I would have picked him ahead of Plunkett. I might have considered Borthwick, but I'm uncertain about his current form - Durham are sticking him in at 3 or 4 and it doesn't look like it's working. Has anyone thought of Briggs of Hampshire as an out & out spinner???
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Anderson, Bresnan, Rashid, Woakes and Plunkett. ...
I think we could do a lot worse than select that line-up, and we probably will.
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