Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since Dec '09
Rejecting 'selection deontology' since Mar '15
'Stats' is not a synonym for 'Career Test Averages'
Originally Posted by Jeffrey Tucker
I prefer aussie's use of maaaaaaany words - his vocab is always good for a laugh.
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Word out Richard son, you is doin some smokin posts
Dire was used everywhere in my workplace for a period when CW first got me addicted to the word
Two months away and the only two players who I would give more than 90% chance of starting all 5 tests for England are Strauss and Pietersen. Even Collingwood or Anderson could be dropped if they have 3 or 4 poor games in a row (though I would disagree with the decision). And of course I would be shocked if Flintoff was fit enough to play in all five tests.
I'd say Cook is very, very unlikely to be dropped this summer
I'd say Cook is more in-danger of being dropped this summer than any time in his career. Probably as good an attack as he's faced outside 2006/07 (when the pitches were much less seam-friendly than I'd expect them to be this summer); probably the worst shape he's been in all career - technical faults are still there and are compounded by his recent failures to kick-on when he has managed to get over them and get himself in; and the most important series where selectors are likely to be more panic-striken and less lenient than elsewhere.
If Cook fails to make fifty in the first three Tests - very much possible, if not out-and-out likely - then I can indeed see him being dropped for the last two. I hope, obviously, that such an outcome doesn't come to pass (that is, I hope he scores runs and I hope that if he doesn't, he gets a stay of execution).
Not in that kit he won't
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