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    I agree entirely, it would be an absolute travesty if panesar didn't play. If we must use 5 bowlers then two spinners seems the best option, in my opinion neither mahmood or anderson have the consistancy to really trouble the aussie top 6.
    nice to see we only gave monty 3 overs against pmx1 and gilo got 8, what a joke!

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    How on earth can they leave out the two best English players over the summer, Bell and Panesar, with justification? I hate Fletcher's guts.

    This is what England XI should look like

    1) Trescothick
    2) Strauss
    3) Cook
    4) Pietersen
    5) Bell
    6) Flintoff
    7) Read
    8) Mahmood
    9) Hoggard
    10 Harmison
    11) Panesar

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    Like has been said before Fletcher is messing about with the team to accomodate a not 100% fit Flintoff. I just prey he see's sense and plays Monty. It would be really harsh to drop bell but i can see it coming. hope i'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    This is what England XI should look like

    1) Trescothick
    2) Strauss
    3) Cook
    4) Pietersen
    5) Bell
    6) Flintoff
    7) Read
    8) Mahmood
    9) Hoggard
    10 Harmison
    11) Panesar
    Not it shouldn't. Mahmood needs to be trapped in a box and mailed to Swaziland ASAP.


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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Not it shouldn't. Mahmood needs to be trapped in a box and mailed to Swaziland ASAP.
    Not sure if thats far enough, fletcher would go over there and personally kiss his arse and bring him back

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigschwartz
    Trescothick
    Strauss
    Cook
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Flintoff *
    Jones +
    Giles
    Mahmood
    Hoggard
    Harmison

    i suspect this indeed will be the england team for the first test after listening to the Fletcher interview it seems certain colly and bell are fighting for one place and giles will play if definitely fit as fletcher is obsessed with his batting at no.8 despite Monty being a millions times the better bowler.
    I get the impression Bell will play instead of Collingwood and I doubt Mahmood will play - personally I would select James Anderson instead, or would even push for both spinners to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerset
    I get the impression Bell will play instead of Collingwood and I doubt Mahmood will play - personally I would select James Anderson instead, or would even push for both spinners to play.
    Interesting to note that the last time England beat Australia at the 'Gabba was when they played 2 spinners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Not it shouldn't. Mahmood needs to be trapped in a box and mailed to Swaziland ASAP.
    Only as far as Swaziland ?
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    I know I could be accused of reading too much into a single day's cricket, but I think today's matches resulted in the following for the start of the 1st Test:

    - Langer will be feeling as though he needs a score.
    - Giles will play, while Panesar will not.
    - Johnson will at least be in the 12.

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    Sky sports are reporting that Duncan Fletcher has confirmed that Jones wil be selected for the 1st test. I think Jones might have a decent tour with the bat but will no doubt drop a few clangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    Interesting to note that the last time England beat Australia at the 'Gabba was when they played 2 spinners.
    well fletcher in his interview on sky said that England are likely to play 2 spinners in most of the test, along with others hints that Jones will start, so based on that it seems England may look like this:

    Trescothick
    Strauss
    Cook
    KP
    Colly/Bell
    Flintoff
    Jones
    Giles
    Hoggard
    Harmison
    Panesar

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    There is zero chance of England playing both Panesar and Giles at the Gabba.

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    Johnson firming as a favourite after 4-56 against WA today. Clark will want wickest tomorow if he wants to play on the 23rd of November

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj
    There is zero chance of England playing both Panesar and Giles at the Gabba.
    we may be surprised..

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