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    Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Test squad for S.A. series announced this morning.

    What do you think?

    Ballance back in. Not sure about that. Has scored runs recently but at test level his footwork was poor. Likely to be exposed I think.

    No Rashid? Dawson gets the spin nod instead.

    Hameed out due to lack of runs. Understand that one as Jennings a decent replacement.

    Broad back in but fitness lacking. No-one really knocking the doors down though.

    In all, a bit of a dull squad if you know what I mean.
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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Surprised theyve gone back to Ballance especially against the Saffers. From what I hear hes done little to address the weakness against the short stuff whilst continuing to plunder county attacks. On the plus side hes in as good as nick as possible coming in.

    Hamed will get another chance most likely against the WI later in the year if hes got some runs at county level. Expect they take a look at Stoneman sooner rather than later too

    Dont understand Dawsons selection, are we really trying to shoe horn in 2 spinners for the first test of the summer at home? And if you are is he really a better option that Rashid

    Roland Jones a like for like attempt to replace Woakes I guess, be interesting to see how he goes at this level, do wonder if he needs an extra yard of pace

    Lets hope Wood stays fit for the summer as think that attack will look quite ordinary without him

    Could be a good series, lets hope we end the succession of the away side winning the series between these sides
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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Yeah the fitness of all quicks is a concern. Wood, Stokes, Broad, Anderson all with recent injuries.

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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Piece View Post
    Yeah the fitness of all quicks is a concern. Wood, Stokes, Broad, Anderson all with recent injuries.
    you do wonder if thats why they want 2 spinners as they dont expect the quicks to last the game out lol

    Wood/Stokes both likely to be protected to some degree Jimmy/Broad not spring chickens anymore and Woakes and Ball already out injured

    Whos next in line? go back to Plunkett or Finn? Or throw in someone like Curran/Overton/Porter?
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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Plunkett and Finn are definite nos for me. Plunkett is better of the two if push comes to shove.

    The other names are a good shout. Curran did well in the recent T20, far better than Willey. I would have liked to have seen a young fast bowler given a chance as I share your fear that these old uns won't last the series.

    Speaking of spinners, the selectors favourite Patel is in the form of his life

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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Piece View Post
    Plunkett and Finn are definite nos for me. Plunkett is better of the two if push comes to shove.

    The other names are a good shout. Curran did well in the recent T20, far better than Willey. I would have liked to have seen a young fast bowler given a chance as I share your fear that these old uns won't last the series.

    Speaking of spinners, the selectors favourite Patel is in the form of his life
    Samits ship sunk years ago lol bowled superb at Lords in the final today. See Stoneman sticking 2 fingers up to the selectors too!
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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Some poor choices imo

    Ballance has done nothing to address his footwork problems

    Roland Jones is just a nothing bowler

    Dawson is not good enough as a front line spinner and England have currently destroyed Leach

    Stoneman should have been in

    Overton won't get picked until he joins a different county , Curran deserved a chance and would have given Crane a go if they aren't going to trust Rashid

    Think England will still win ththe series but that squad won't win down under

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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Some brilliant batting from Stoneman and then even better from Hales. Costly early drops though!

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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Piece View Post
    Some brilliant batting from Stoneman and then even better from Hales. Costly early drops though!
    bizarre game, as if those 2 were playing on a different wicket at times. pleased for Read to go out on a high too
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    Re: Eng v S.A. Test Series

    Dawson won't get a sniff. Crane just sent down 16 overs for 89 (no wickets) against them. He needs overs for his county. I'd have played Rashid in the Lions in his place.

    Ballance is the safe and predictable choice. He's by far and away the best (English?) batsmen in county cricket this year, averaging 90 odd.

    Roland Jones is a strange choice. He's not really in form and I thought that Porter Joe Leach from Worcester or Coad might have made the squad.

    I don't think it's going to be as much of a walkover as people think. Amla, Morkel , Rabada are world class and de Kock is one of the best wicket keeper batsmen in the world. Morris is a quality all rounder aswell. I predict 1-1
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