Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
Bres the big worry in that line up, for my quid.
His bowling has really regressed since he had his elbow problems. I'm hoping maybe Lewis Gregory can soon step up. Bowls wicket-to-wicket at 85mph+ and does swing it too. Action reminds me of a young Jonah.
Apparently Brian Rose rates his batting highly enough to see him as a future #4 in FC but must admit I've never seen enough to make any judgements myself.
Yeah fair call on Bresnan I guess. I had no hesitation in slotting him in because I've always been a fan of him and I also think he's the perfect sort of player to bat seven in T20 cricket going forward (genuine frontline bowler who can bat, doesn't waste deliveries in doing so). However, if he can't actually get his bowling back up to the standard it was at before his injury then he becomes exactly the sort of bits-and-pieces player I think should be avoided.
I'm a really big fan of Chris Woakes, but my gut instinct is that his bowling style would be really unsuited to the format and his record backs that up emphatically; he travels at over 8rpo. He's a really frustrating case from and England point of view even if you ignore his injury problems; his strongest format is the one England could least use a player of his type and quality. If he was even remotely as good a bowler in either limited overs format as he is in First Class cricket he'd be playing for England regularly.
EDIT: And yeah, Gregory is a good example of someone who should be given a game. I like that suggestion more the more I think about it, even though I always tease Marcuss about his batting failures.