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    England Squad Form

    Seeing as we have a category for the Aussie players' form in the last 12 months, I thought I may as well make one for the English side. So here goes:

    Leading Batsmen:


    1. Kevin Pietersen- 1140 runs at an average of 57.00 with 5 hundreds
    2. Andrew Strauss- 1066 runs at an average of 50.46 with 5 hundreds
    3. Alastair Cook- 1049 runs at an average of 49.95 with 2 hundreds
    4. Paul Collingwood- 858 runs at an average of 53.62 with 4 hundreds
    5. Matt Prior- 503 runs at an average of 62.87 with 1 hundred
    6. Ian Bell- 413 runs at an average of 31.76 with 1 hundred
    7. Stuart Broad- 386 runs at an average of 35.09 with 0 hundreds
    8. Ravi Bopara- 355 runs at an average of 118.33 with 3 hundreds
    9. Andrew Flintoff- 264 runs at an average of 24.00 with 0 hundreds
    10. Tim Ambrose- 240 runs at 34.28 with 0 hundreds

    Leading Bowlers:

    1. James Anderson- 48 wickets at an average of 28.29 with a strike rate of 59.4
    2. Stuart Broad- 34 wickets at an average of 34.79 with a strike rate of 63.2
    3. Graeme Swann- 34 wickets at an average of 26.23 with a strike rate of 56.4
    4. MS Panesar- 24 wickets at an average of 41.91 with a strike rate of 93.7
    5. Andrew Flintoff- 21 wickets at an average of 32.61 with a strike rate of 76.9
    6. Ryan Sidebottom- 14 wickets at an average of 35.07 with a strike rate of 78.8
    7. Graeme Onions- 10 wickets at an average of 20.00 with a strike rate of 27.3
    8. Stephen Harmison- 9 wickets at an average of 41.11 with a strike rate of 79.1
    9. Tim Bresnan- 3 wickets at an average of 32.33 with a strike rate of 62.0
    10. Darren Pattinson- 2 wickets at an average of 48.00 with a strike rate of 90.5


    The batting figures are very, very good, with 5 batsmen averaging over 50 and one averaging 49. They've scored quite a few hundreds, with Strauss, Pietersen and Collingwood being the main contributers in terms of hundreds scored. Ravi Bopara has come into the side and performed excellently, scoring 3 hundreds in 3 innings and therefore averaging well in excess of 100. The one problem could be the form of Andrew Flintoff, who has struggled with the bat in recent times. It shouldn't be too much of a problem though, with Prior, Broad and Swann all providing batting of their own down the order, with Prior especially contributing quite alot of runs in the last 12 months.

    As for the bowling, the figures do not flatter the bowlers at all. James Anderson rightly stands out above the pack, taking the most wickets and at a very healthy average of 28. Stuart Broad has seen notable improvement in the last 5-6 months, but his below par performances against South Africa and India have equated to a disappointing average. Graeme Swann has been a class above his spin rival Monty Panesar, taking more wickets in 3 less Tests, picking up his 34 wickets in just 7 Tests. After the front 3 of Anderson, Broad and Swann, Flintoff will almost certainly play, and his bowling will certainly help the attack. The 4th out and out bowler position is most likely to go to Durham pacer Graeme Onions, who has contributed with 10 wickets at 20.00 in his 2 Tests in his career so far, although at Cardiff there could be a case for bringing in either MS Panesar, or young Yorkshire Leggie Adil Rashid.

    The XI I'd pick for the Ashes:

    Strauss *
    Cook
    Bopara
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Prior +
    Flintoff
    Broad
    Swann
    Anderson
    Onions/Rashid

    Rashid gets the nod for me for Cardiff, due to his superior FC performances when compared with Monty Panesar. Rashid has taken 10 wickets at 35, whereas Panesar has struggled for his county Northants, taking just 4 wickets at an average of over 75, and if Cardiff is set to spin as much as is rumoured, and as much as it did when Essex played Glamorgan on TV, then a 2nd spinner would be an excellent option, especially one that offers batting and handy fielding (Rashid). I can see MSP being picked ahead of Rashid though unfortunately, he still seems quite favoured in the England team, even with his very poor performances in the last year.
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    Styris to Pietersen, SIX, wow, what a shot, that is awesome...it's a repeat of his six off Muralitharan at Edgbaston, as he switches his grip and reverse-hits Styris over deep cover (or should that be deep square-leg) for a memorable maximum.
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    Styris to Pietersen, SIX, that's the most extraordinary shot, he switches his grip to that of a left-hander and launches Stryis high over long-off for a might six. That is one of the more incredible shots you'll see

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    While our batting isn't as good as Australia's, it's by no means poor.

    Cook seems to have at least 3/4 sorted his front-foot problem out and will be full of confidence.

    Pietersen saves his best for the best and averages 53.5 against the Aussies.

    Strauss, will hopefully come to the fore. He has often got starts against the Aussies and then been caught.

    If Collingwood repeats his form in Australia, that'll be good enough at 5.

    In the bowling department, I would definitely take our bowlers over the probable Australian bowlers for the 1st test:

    Anderson
    Broad
    Flintoff
    Swann
    Panesar (I'm sure he'll play)

    vs

    Johnson
    Siddle
    Hilfenhaus/Lee
    Clark
    Hauritz


    I'm sure Panesar will play being the Cardiff wicket is slow, low and aids spinners. The "slow" part is most telling for Panesar since I think part of his problem is he bowls too fast.

    Australia simply don't have a spinner, sorry but Hauritz is a hack.
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    So who have the two countries played in the last year?

    I know Aus have played 3 in India, 2 vs NZ, 3 vs SA, 3 in SA.

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    I reckon Rashid would've played against the West Indies ahead of Bresnan if he was any chance of playing in the Ashes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    So who have the two countries played in the last year?

    I know Aus have played 3 in India, 2 vs NZ, 3 vs SA, 3 in SA.
    In the last 12-months, Aussies played 14 Tests - 4 against India (lost 2-0), 2 against WI (won 1-0), 6 against SA (3-3) and 2 against NZ (won 2-0)

    In the last 12-months, England played 14 Tests - 2 against India (lost 1-0), 7 against WI (won 2-1), 4 against SA (lost 2-1) and 1 against NZ (won 1-0)

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    The majority of wickets in the world are flat tbh, every batsman's stats are greater compared to those of the 90's and previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    I reckon Rashid would've played against the West Indies ahead of Bresnan if he was any chance of playing in the Ashes.
    Yes. Definitely took that as a sign he wasn't in England's plans for the Ashes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivera213 View Post
    In the bowling department, I would definitely take our bowlers over the probable Australian bowlers for the 1st test
    You're high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivera213 View Post
    If Collingwood repeats his form in Australia, that'll be good enough at 5.
    Collingwood in Australia in 2006/07 was a microcosm - an extended one - of his career. One superb game, pretty much nothing besides (obviously he made that forlorn 90-odd in the second-innings of a game that was lost long before he came to the crease).

    Collingwood has (almost) always been the sort of batsman who can be a good player without benefiting the team that much. There's no question over his place, rightly, because he's clearly Test-class, but I don't foresee him making that much of a contribution to any good England performance, because he just doesn't tend to do such a thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyGS View Post
    You're high.
    Nah, this isn't McGrath, Gillespie, Warne era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivera213 View Post
    .......Australia simply don't have a spinner, sorry but Hauritz is a hack.
    There's no need at all to apologise for this!


    On your summation of the rest of the Australian attack, I don't agree.
    There is probably enough doubt on the bowling in both camps for me to wait for the action to start to completely pass judgement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Collingwood in Australia in 2006/07 was a microcosm - an extended one - of his career. One superb game, pretty much nothing besides (obviously he made that forlorn 90-odd in the second-innings of a game that was lost long before he came to the crease).

    Collingwood has (almost) always been the sort of batsman who can be a good player without benefiting the team that much. There's no question over his place, rightly, because he's clearly Test-class, but I don't foresee him making that much of a contribution to any good England performance, because he just doesn't tend to do such a thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyGS View Post
    You're high.



    On another note, I don't think Bopara's form in three tests against the Windies is an accurate predictor of anything much. He'll get a much sterner test in this series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post



    On another note, I don't think Bopara's form in three tests against the Windies is an accurate predictor of anything much. He'll get a much sterner test in this series.
    Yeah that's it. Ian Bell cashed-in against Bangladesh before the 2005 series and we all know how that went.... Obviously they're vastly different players and Bopara appears to be a bit tougher but still, I don't think there'll be much in the way of successive tons against the Aussies.

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