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Old 11th April 2017, 14:26   #21
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I don't see why not. Swings it late at good pace. I reckon he'll end up being a superb test bowler.
More likely to be Woakes as Stokes sometimes doesn't get his lines right and Woakes is probably better at swinging the new ball.
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Old 12th April 2017, 12:38   #22
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It won't be Stokes though, will it?
It's more likely to be Woakes if we're talking about the new ball at the start of the innings.

But expect to see Stokes open the bowling more often at the start of the day or session. Unless England were in damage limitation mode, Cook automatically threw Jimmy the ball even when Stokes or Woakes had been England's best bowler the previous day/session.
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Old 12th April 2017, 14:38   #23
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I expect Broad and Jimmy will continue to open the bowling for this summer at least, because they our best bowlers, and will get the most out of the new ball, so it would be detrimental to the team if this was altered for the sake of it.
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Old 12th April 2017, 17:09   #24
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It's more likely to be Woakes if we're talking about the new ball at the start of the innings.

But expect to see Stokes open the bowling more often at the start of the day or session. Unless England were in damage limitation mode, Cook automatically threw Jimmy the ball even when Stokes or Woakes had been England's best bowler the previous day/session.
I can think of at least one occasion where he did precisely the opposite; opening with Stokes and Wood on the third (last) day of the Trent Bridge Ashes test, and therefore denying Broad his tenfer, specifically because they'd been the best bowlers the day before.
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Old 15th April 2017, 19:23   #25
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Yet another 5fer for Footitt. Rather more expensive and hard work this time, it would appear.
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Old 15th April 2017, 19:40   #26
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Reckon if he keeps up the good work and keeps the pace up he could be a call to tour Australia in the Winter. Lord knows we'll need some actual proper fast bowlers.
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Old 16th April 2017, 15:34   #27
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Ball 6-2 Wood in the match at the Riverside.
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Old 16th April 2017, 16:34   #28
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Ball 6-2 Wood in the match at the Riverside.
Jennings scoring runs, Hameed not.
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Old 17th April 2017, 13:41   #29
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Jennings carries his bat with a century albeit likely in a losing cause. Certainly puts him ahead of Hameed in the 2nd opener chase.
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Old 17th April 2017, 16:16   #30
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Jennings carries his bat with a century albeit likely in a losing cause. Certainly puts him ahead of Hameed in the 2nd opener chase.
Surely both will start in the side this summer - Hameed seems to rated sufficiently highly to be given plenty of license to lose form. I'd also think his game is less suited to coming in at 3 than Jennings so Hameed will be likely to open and Jennings at 3, unless we decide to put Cook at three.
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Surely both will start in the side this summer - Hameed seems to rated sufficiently highly to be given plenty of license to lose form. I'd also think his game is less suited to coming in at 3 than Jennings so Hameed will be likely to open and Jennings at 3, unless we decide to put Cook at three.
I'd be surprised if they aren't the top 3, partly because I suspect Root prefers 4 in his heart of hearts. I guess most of us think we know 10 of the 11 for the first test and currently it would raise eyebrows if Rashid isn't also in the side as the alternative specialist spinners are unlikely to find the conditions right to make a bit of a charge.
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Yep, think Jennings might have missed out if unable to score any runs in the lead up to the test match squad selection but Hameed would have to be in significantly poorer form to be left out. If he can't buy a run I suppose he might not get the gig though, as there are some obvious alternatives to bat in the middle order with Jennings and Cook opening.
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One of those alternatives, Borthwick, has made his first ton as a Surrey player.
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Old 17th April 2017, 20:46   #34
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One of those alternatives, Borthwick, has made his first ton as a Surrey player.
I am a fan of Borthwick as I think he has the temperament to deal with test cricket (and I've seen him take some stunning catches). He has been the most consistent county batsman for the last 4 seasons and I would have taken him to India. I feel he's been a little held back as a batsman as originally he made his mark in senior cricket as a bowling prodigy who could bat, although he was a batsman who could bowl in age group cricket. There would be a logic in Hameed missing out if he doesn't find some form as it would be difficult for someone so young to find it against the South African bowling attack. Generally I'd go for class over form, but in the case of someone so young I could see the logic in not doing so. I hope to god I never have to sit through an England top 4 of Jennings, Hameed, Cook and Borthwick in any order as while I rate all of them as players god would it be turgid!
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I don't see the confidence in Hameed. If he's having a Tom Abell-esque season averaging low 20s come July, I doubt he'll play.
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I am a fan of Borthwick as I think he has the temperament to deal with test cricket (and I've seen him take some stunning catches). He has been the most consistent county batsman for the last 4 seasons and I would have taken him to India. I feel he's been a little held back as a batsman as originally he made his mark in senior cricket as a bowling prodigy who could bat, although he was a batsman who could bowl in age group cricket. There would be a logic in Hameed missing out if he doesn't find some form as it would be difficult for someone so young to find it against the South African bowling attack. Generally I'd go for class over form, but in the case of someone so young I could see the logic in not doing so. I hope to god I never have to sit through an England top 4 of Jennings, Hameed, Cook and Borthwick in any order as while I rate all of them as players god would it be turgid!
Don't think Jennings is too slow on the whole. I also expect Hameed's game to broaden out more in a similar kind of fashion to how Root's did from his early days as an often slow scorer. Plus with our proclivity for collapses and surfeit of dashers, it would be a refreshing change (at least at first!) to have such a stodgy top order!
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I don't see the confidence in Hameed. If he's having a Tom Abell-esque season averaging low 20s come July, I doubt he'll play.
Having watched him a couple of times last year I think he will go on to be one of England's better openers in time. He's not yet the finished article and he's not yet an established player so he is droppable I'd guess.
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Watching Notts vs Sussex on the Trent Bridge live stream ... Hales looks like he means business today ...
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I've been following the Surrey game. Footitt not picked up the obligatory five-fer yet.
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