Friday, 30 January 2009

Starting XI against the West Indies

Right, pretty boring one to start off, but I'm worried Tom may cry if it's just him that keeps on posting…

What would be your starting XI against the West Indies?

The opening partnership picks itself: they have both just scored runs against the Nevis Invitational XI and we haven't really got anyone better.

I'm going for Shah at three. He has waited long enough for his chance, and every time Bell plays it seems as if he is batting for his life. Always one innings before he is dropped he scores a good looking 70 odd and he’s saved for the next two tests. I also think Shah has a bit of grit about him, I think he is a guy that will play better the bigger the occasion. If he gets runs against West Indies A then they have no choice. Also Bell looks like a vole!

Colly: I would love to have a solid number 5 in our team, but as England don’t seem to have one, what can they do? Collingwood can add a bit of determination to the innings, he can keep his head and help England rebuild, if his technique does not let him down first. I would love to see someone else in there but he’ll do for now.

KP and Flintoff, enough said.

Prior: Best of a bad bunch (I use the word best loosely).

Broad: I think he has potential as a bowler and we need to develop him for all formats of the game. He could come on and I see no reason to replace him, plus he also just turned down the chance of not getting picked for the IPL unlike some other prats, Sajid Mahmood anyone. IPL picks.

Sidebottom: as we seem to have shut the door on Hoggard and he was England’s player of last year, if he is fit, I think he works as solid metronomic operator to tie up one end and if it swings then great news.

Monty: we have to give him another chance seeing as he took 7 wickets in the warm up game. If he again proves ineffective then we need to give either Swann or Rashid a prolonged run in the team as a succession plan for the next Ashes series.

Harmison: I know hoping for a repeat of last time is clutching at straws, but I’m English, I thought that is what we did. I know he is a homesick, serial breeding, lazy shit... but he's not James Anderson.

My Starting XI:

Strauss (C)
Prior (W)

1 comment:

  1. HJF Capper esq? Jesus.

    Well I pretty much agree with the XI. As much as I love watching Bell bat, there is the suspicion that he just isn’t quite up to it. He’s still only 26 though, so maybe a season in county cricket will help, or just a break from international cricket for a bit. It worked for Strauss.

    I’d certainly stick with Panesar, but I don’t understand why he’s not playing in this warm up game. He gets better the more he bowls so he should be playing. Maybe they’re going to go with Swann. I hope not. He’s a good ODI player but he’s not going to bowl a side out in a Test.

    Personally I’d have Prior at 6 above Flintoff. I know it might offend the big man’s ego, but if you’re picking a keeper for his batting then you might as well give him an opportunity to bat in the middle order. And Fred hasn’t scored any runs for years.