I still maintain that Stuart Clark is overrated as a bowler.....Johnson has so much more potential and is a much better long term prospect.
I don't think Clark will be all that effective unless he gets helpful conditions like he did in RSA.
After hearing the latest from Fletcher it appears 9 of the 11 places are nailed on with the two decisions left to be made are colly/bell and anderson/panesar.
What do people think about read being dropped? personally i was a huge fan of read but his recent batting has not been up to scratch and even a couple of mistakes behind the stumps have crept in.
Bell and Panesar will surely trump Collingwood and Anderson.Originally Posted by craigschwartz
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99% of england fans would want panesar and bell in the team but it appears fletcher and or flintoff don't. it shouldn't even be an issue if they select one spinner, panesar wins matches, giles doesn't.Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
Fletcher's recent comments suggest that he wants to play 2 spinners actually.Originally Posted by craigschwartz
I know,and i hope they do because it's the only way Monty will play, my point was giles is first choice spinner again now, which is a nonsense.Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
Scandal IMO.Originally Posted by craigschwartz
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Rather OTT Marc, Read has had a raw deal in regard to the time he has had as WK but if he scored runs in India and looked anything like comfortable against pace bowling, Fletcher would have no 'reason' to drop him. Though I'm sure Duncan would manufacture one.Originally Posted by marc71178
In which case it would have been a scandal.Originally Posted by TT Boy
He hasn't said that in relation to the 'Gabba though.Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
I wouldn't oversimplify by saying Bell v Collingwood and Anderson v Panesar.
I think both Collingwood and Bell should play (like at the Oval in 2005).
That way, you don't have to worry about strengthening the batting with second class tweakers like Giles.
"It's going to be a difficult decision and we are looking at playing two spinners in most of the Tests," Fletcher said.Originally Posted by howardj
"We have to give those two individuals as much bowling as possible, especially Ashley who hasn't bowled for a year."
Considering that the comments have been made before the first Test, it's a logical assumption that he's considering the two-spin option for this Test.
I think the question here isnt whether Read deserves to be dropped. Its whether Jones deserves to be picked?Originally Posted by TT Boy
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Vassell = the biggest disgrace since rikki clarke!!
And the answer is that there are only 2 wicketkeepers in the squad, and Read was dropped, whether he deserved it or not. As such, it doesn't really matter whether Jones merits selection. He has to be selected.Originally Posted by tooextracool
no thats not the point at all. You only drop someone when there is a better candidate available. You dont drop someone because you dont like them, and then pick someone whos equally useless, it defeats the purpose of it.Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
In anycase its pretty obvious in my book that Read has done more in 2 tests than Jones has done in about a year.
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