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    Ashes Squad Announced

    A Flintoff captain
    A Strauss
    M Trescothick
    A Cook
    K Pietersen
    I Bell
    P Collingwood
    C Read
    S Mahmood
    S Harmison
    M Hoggard
    M Panesar
    G Jones
    A Giles
    J Anderson
    L Plunkett

    Side note- The Academy side

    Ravi Bopara (Essex)
    Stuart Broad (Leicestershire)
    Rikki Clarke (Surrey)
    James Dalrymple (Middlesex)
    Steven Davies (Worcestershire)
    Ed Joyce (Middlesex)
    Robert Key (Kent)
    Jon Lewis (Gloucestershire)
    Graham Onions (Durham)
    Matt Prior (Sussex)
    Owais Shah (Middlesex)
    Tom Smith (Lancashire)
    Chris Tremlett (Hampshire)
    Michael Yardy (Sussex)

    http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/media-rele...,10030,EN.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy
    A Flintoff captain
    A Strauss
    M Trescothick
    A Cook
    K Pietersen
    I Bell
    P Collingwood
    C Read
    S Mahmood
    S Harmison
    M Hoggard
    M Panesar
    G Jones
    A Giles
    J Anderson
    L Plunkett
    One has to question the logic of having 6 batsmen+ Flintoff while having 7 bowlers + Flintoff. With there already being question marks about Tresco, there would be no back up batsmen in the squad and we'd have to dig into the back up squad already.
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    So are the Academy side based in Aus then? Looks like a fair few of them will be needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid
    So are the Academy side based in Aus then? Looks like a fair few of them will be needed.
    Perth I believe.


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    The selectors have made a mistake IMO giving flintoff the captaincy, he'll have enough on his plate to start with, coming back from injury AND copping a hiding from Gilly . Strauss has done a tremendous Job leading an undermanned squad to a 2/3-0 test series win, and drawing the ODI series with pakistand. Not only that, his batting seems to have flourished with it!!!

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    Why the hell isn't Lewis in the squad but Anderson and Giles who won't be fit enough to play are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid
    So are the Academy side based in Aus then? Looks like a fair few of them will be needed.
    They are based at a Hampshire coach's cricketing Academy (in Perth as TTBoy said) so in theory, they should be at least partially ready for cricket.

    Big gambles been made, I just hope this isn't a re-run of 2002/03 or else I might just cry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    Why the hell isn't Lewis in the squad but Anderson and Giles who won't be fit enough to play are?
    Anderson is nearly fully fit now - certainly closer to full fitness than Plunkett.

    Giles i guess they don't think any other spinner than Giles & Monty is worth taking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    Why the hell isn't Lewis in the squad but Anderson and Giles who won't be fit enough to play are?
    Because Lewis isn't effective on anything but the most helpful conditions, and we already have Hoggard for that role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool
    One has to question the logic of having 6 batsmen+ Flintoff while having 7 bowlers + Flintoff. With there already being question marks about Tresco, there would be no back up batsmen in the squad and we'd have to dig into the back up squad already.
    Clearly suggests Flintoff at 6, so who misses out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Clearly suggests Flintoff at 6, so who misses out?
    Collingwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy
    Collingwood.
    Probably, but I still back him to score more runs than Bell when the chips are down. I really think yer crms would prefer to bowl to Bell than Colly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Probably, but I still back him to score more runs than Bell when the chips are down. I really think yer crms would prefer to bowl to Bell than Colly.
    Yeah possibly, Bell had an awful Ashes and they probably still think of him as a bunny but Collingwood has always seemingly struggled on wickets with pace and bounce. Looks comfortable in subcontinental conditions but he looks very limited when faced with good pace bowlers on decent quick wickets.

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    If I was Ian Bell and I got dropped while in the form of my life, I think my confidence would probably be crushed beyond all repair. What hope does he have if the selectors don't think three hundreds in three Tests is good enough? He has to play.

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    Im still have my doubts over whether Tresco will play...Bell to play at 3 with Cook opening

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