Originally Posted by Langeveldt
Yuvraj shouldnt be opening for India in tests.. he will be shown up against the likes of McGrath and Pollock with the new ball.. he isnt playing on a featherbed in pyjamas any more...
Symonds isnt really a test cricketer.. i dont think katich is the solution though...
With Thorpe and Butcher getting on, Pietersen should have no trouble slotting in.. Although the moment he goes back to SA, Nel and Ntini will have him for breakfast
Yuvraj has done his fair share in test cricket too. This is no joke but Symonds I can understand, Yuvraj (22yrs) has a test average of 51 (which is bound to drop down) but still at a scoring rate of 58. The problem is Ganguly feels its unfair for someone of his natural talent to sit out. Infact former Indian cricketer Polly Umigar called Yuvraj the left handed Ricky Ponting. Moreover lets not forget Veeru Sehwag did not start as an opener.
I personally feel Yuvraj must replace chopra.
As for Symonds, call me crazy here (and i know it sounds) but in Symonds I see a solid middle order test bat, for starters like Oram but with time, practise I think he can become a Jacques Kallis. Kallis himself wasn't all that good 3 seasons or so back. I guess Symonds only problem is that he wants to wear the Baggy Green, any other country would relish having him in their test squad....(he'd walk into Pak, probably SA replacing Dipenaar or McKenzie)..he'd have to fight it out in England and India though.
Also whom would Pietersen replace? thats the million dollar question. Certainly not Jones(a wannabe Gilchrist), not Staruss, not Vuaghan, not Thorpe, not Flintoff....probably Butcher (although as we saw Butcher's grit & experience came into play in the Caribbean).