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    Cricket - The Ashes

    England about to name their squad. What do you think about the names named and England's chances? I'm quietly optimistic.

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    Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
    Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
    James Anderson (Lancashire)
    Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
    Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
    Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
    Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
    Alastair Cook (Essex)
    Mason Crane (Hampshire)
    Ben Foakes (Surrey)
    Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
    Craig Overton (Somerset)
    Ben Stokes (Durham)
    Mark Stoneman (Surrey)
    James Vince (Hampshire)
    Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

    First thoughts... no Hales but a place each for Vince and Ballance? Erm...

    Disappointed not to see Mark Wood in there. He had a poor last Test but he's quick and has the ability to be a match winner. One bad game doesn't make him a bad player IMO...

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    Cricket - The Ashes

    Disappointed with Ballance and Ball especially as there is no Mark Wood unless he's injured in which case his place should have gone to Plunkett for raw pace on those pitches.

    I'm doing the two first tests and maybe a cheeky trip to Perth too (watch out Barry!).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Earle's Perm View Post
    Disappointed with Ballance and Ball especially as there is no Mark Wood unless he's injured in which case his place should have gone to Plunkett for raw pace on those pitches.

    I'm doing the two first tests and maybe a cheeky trip to Perth too (watch out Barry!).


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    I agree about the bowling. For all Anderson, Broad and Woakes' ability it's a bit "samey" for Australia. Someone of the likes of Plunkett, Wood or the other Overton (Craig is medium but Jamie is express pace) would have been a nice option to have.

    Personally, I would have had Hales back over Vince and had Hales coming in at three. Ballance does get an awful lot of stick but does have a better average (and over more Tests too) than Jennings, Malan, Westley, Stoneman and Vince so I can see the logic there a little.

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    I think Hales is very unlucky to miss out. He has scored a ton of runs for Notts this year. Also, the spinning dept is a bit sparse with only Moeen and the uncapped and largely untested Crane. Would like to have seed Rashid there. Our top order batting is a bit fragile but so is the Aussies'. Don't think this series will be 5-0 anyway.

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    I agree about Hales, should certainly have been in to bat at 3 or 5 and also act as a reserve opener.

    I also can't fathom why Crane is in other than to carry drinks. He would have been far better going with the Lions to tour Aus and simply be called up when ready. I know he's done ok in state cricket in Aus but he hasn't played anywhere near enough for Hamps.


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    Hales very unlucky and like others I think Plunkett should have been given the nod in front of Ball.

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    I can see it being the lowest quality Ashes series in history, looking at the make up of the 2 sides. I liked Vince and was pleased he was given a go last year but has he improved significantly? His stats in red ball cricket suggest not, admittedly I have not seen him live this year to make my own mind up.
    Ballance simply hasn't corrected his technical flaws, which will be exposed by the extra pace on Aussie pitches, unless we are only intending to consider him for Melbourne and Sydney, by which point the Ashes may well be gone?
    Crane ahead of Leach? I simply cannot make a case for that.

    That said, I hope those who are going out there enjoy it regardless of the scores. I have been fortunate enough to go to the last 2 series over there and it is a wonderful experience, the best sporting event in the world I think.

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    Agree with much of what's been said.

    Hales should have gone over someone like balance who has been poor for England's and will struggle against their pace.
    I can understand Vince being there as he's technically very good although has never made a decent contribution for england.
    No way should ball be there. It wouldve been roland if not hurt but Surely wood should be there?!? Again unless hes not fit.
    England obviously rate crane but rashid should be there for me.
    On a side note I'm happy foakes is there.

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