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Old 15th February 2016, 23:03   #1
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Players you think will have a big 2016 county season

Given that we've just beaten SA away from home, you'd think that there would be very few spaces available in the test team. However, there are probably only 5 or 6 guys guaranteed of their spot. So who are the guys that will make a case in 2016?

We haven't found Andrew Strauss's replacement yet, so any opener that scores a lot of runs this season will be in the frame. I reckon Alex Lees is going to have a really big season. Can see him hitting 5 or 6 tons and then going to India in the winter. He may even force his way in during the summer if Hales and Compton don't get going.

Being a Surrey fan, I want all of their players to do well, but I reckon Ben Foakes is going to have his breakthrough year. Unfortunately, I'll don't think he'll be given the gloves much, but I definitely think he'll stack up some runs.

Ian Bell and Gary Ballance are likely to dominate county bowlers. Bell is so much better than the other county pros, so I'd put a fair bit of money on him being the top run scorer if he doesn't get back into the test squad.

One batsman that I hope does score loads is Dawid Malan. Love watching him bat, and it would be good for him to back up his winter runs.

Bowling wise, I think that the two Middlesex boys, Harris and Roland-Jones, will take a lot of wickets. But the two guys that may break into the test squad if they stay fit are Jamie Overton and Reece Topley. They are going to be serious bowlers. I enjoyed watching them open the bowling together in the under 19s 5 years ago, and it would be a nice story if they could make it through the grades into the test team.
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Old 15th February 2016, 23:10   #2
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Nick Browne to continue his goodness. Might be a proper big season for Dan Lawrence as well.

As far as options for an opener I'd be looking for big seasons from Tom Abell and Alex Lees.
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Old 15th February 2016, 23:28   #3
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Nick Browne to continue his goodness. Might be a proper big season for Dan Lawrence as well.

As far as options for an opener I'd be looking for big seasons from Tom Abell and Alex Lees.
Heard good things about Abell but haven't actually ever seen him. Nick Browne did well playing first grade cricket in Australia during the winter, so I also hope he can press on. They say he's the new Cook. If he has only half the success Cook has had, I'll be happy.

Is Lawrence the guy who's been scoring the runs in the under 19s?
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Old 16th February 2016, 12:40   #4
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I expect big things from Joe Denly again. The spin bowlers are surely the biggest focus. Danny Briggs will be first choice in all cricket for Sussex, Mason Crane has potential but looked typically loose as a leg spinner for the Under 19s, then there are the other usual suspects.
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Old 16th February 2016, 15:37   #5
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I expect big things from Joe Denly again. The spin bowlers are surely the biggest focus. Danny Briggs will be first choice in all cricket for Sussex, Mason Crane has potential but looked typically loose as a leg spinner for the Under 19s, then there are the other usual suspects.
Yeah I wasn't as impressed with Crane as others have been. He's very young though, so I'm sure he'll improve.
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Old 16th February 2016, 17:11   #6
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Keep an eye on Jake Ball for Notts.
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Old 16th February 2016, 17:25   #7
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Sam Hain from Warwickshire and Alex Lees from Yorkshire should be on the selectors radar.

I don't think they'll be a left field selection for the Sri Lanka series. Bell and Ballance will come in if Compton or Hales are dropped.
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Old 16th February 2016, 17:28   #8
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Sam Hain from Warwickshire and Alex Lees from Yorkshire should be on the selectors radar. ...
Hain and Lees were 36th and 57th in the div 1 batting averages last year.
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Hain and Lees were 36th and 57th in the div 1 batting averages last year.
Lees wasn't at his best last year. If he was I think he would have been in the England squad by now.
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Old 16th February 2016, 17:51   #10
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Keep an eye on Jake Ball for Notts.
If he puts another yard on like he did last Winter then he will be seriously quick in the Summer. Fully expect the bowling line up to be Ball, Hutton, L Wood and Siddle for most of the red ball stuff.

Another Notts player to keep an eye on is Jake Libby. Serious talent and if he stays injury free could be the opener we have been looking for.
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If he puts another yard on like he did last Winter then he will be seriously quick in the summer.
He did okay for the lions without being brilliant. Curran and Roland-Jones probably came out of it with more credit.

Who was the guy opening the bowling with Sam Curran for the under 19s and who does he play for? Looked very good.
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Old 16th February 2016, 18:27   #12
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A good season for Surrey's Rory Burns might see him slide in contention for the opening berth. I've always liked the look of him; a compact all-round batter in the vein of Strauss and Edrich. He had a decent time in his last Div One season and has been solidly consistent since.
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Old 16th February 2016, 21:37   #13
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Yeah I wasn't as impressed with Crane as others have been. He's very young though, so I'm sure he'll improve.
Same here - over last summer he (Crane) looked to have real control. Very few dross balls. I saw a lot of dross over the course of the U19 games! Plenty of time.
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Old 16th February 2016, 22:08   #14
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As another Surrey follower, I have a feeling the Currans will continue to prosper (although I wonder how the team will get on with the steady Ford).
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Both of the Curran's will need to be wary of second season syndrome. Curran the younger hardly outperformed other seam / swing bowlers in the U19 World Cup, so he may have something to prove. Curran the older would seem to need another yard of pace to me, otherwise he'll end up being another Jack Brooks.

Hopefully the selectors will stay away from recalling anyone with over 100 cap who hasn't solidified his place by now. Give the chance to someone younger and build with them. Ballance could be good for a recall but definitely not at three and I'd still like to see some proof that he understands why he was dropped, i.e. playing back to full pitched swinging deliveries is not a good idea.
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Bresnan, definitely, following a very good 2015 and hopefully unencumbered by England call ups.
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Bresnan, ..........and hopefully unencumbered by England call ups.
I think you're on safe ground there!
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Old 17th February 2016, 12:15   #18
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I expect big things from Joe Denly again.
He had arguably his best season last year. Now that the preposterous hype that accompanied his early career is well and truly over, we can settle down to enjoy him doing a reasonable job for Kent for the next half dozen Summers.
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Old 17th February 2016, 12:33   #19
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Sam Hain is a good call from CDogg.
I also believe Ravi will have a stellar season.
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Old 17th February 2016, 14:58   #20
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Sam Hainwill come through this year for me as well.
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