He has proven time and again that he is not good enough for England. Match figures of 0/20 in this tour game wouldn't change my opinion.
no way saj mahmood can do what harmison done...
Can't fathom how anyone would rather have him in the team than Broad. Onions, almost maybe. But Broad?
The arguments against Broad seem to be based around his Test average of 38, and that he hasn't bowled well prior to playing the West Indies. Yet Harmison averages about 38 over a much longer period than Broad (about 4 years I believe) and hasn't bowled well in anything other than a dead rubber in ages.
Don't get me wrong. I like Harmison, and I'd love to see the guy do well if he was selected as I genuinely believe that, like Brett Lee, he is one of the nice guys of cricket. But he has zero case to play ahead of Broad as far as I can tell.
Broad will play, and should play imho. It's the Onions / Monty / Sidebottom position that Harmison would be a contender for.
If we were going to pick someone on reputation then it should be Sidebottom. If we were going to pick someone on form, it should be Onions. The only reason, IMO, to pick Harmison, is if there's a gun to the selectors' heads and the assassin wants them to pick either Harmison or Panesar.
Of course, all this being said, the stupid bastards will go ahead and pick Panesar
Broad's playing, honestly no way he'll be left out after he's finally looking like halfway justifying the faith.
Onions or Harmy a crap shot, tbh. Would play either ahead of Panser or Sid tho. Harmy's shown the way to bowl to Hughes, but Fred & Braod are both 6' 5" bowlers who can bang it in, so it's possible we can do without him.
Undecided here, 'cos it's the truth.
- As featured in The Independent.
"Even when England lost 5-0 in 2006-07 I don't remember them folding like this. This is as bad as I have seen from an England side."
- Mick Vaughan on the 2013/14 tourists' efforts
I wouldn't be against Harmison being picked later in the series, if other options have failed. But he has done nothing to jump the queue just yet, IMO.
So GIMH and BB and Fred, what XIs would you choose for Cardiff?
Last edited by zaremba; 03-07-2009 at 03:37 PM.
Pretty sure I won't be able to stop the tears if we select Panesar, however.
If the Australians think Harmison is bowling well then he's bowling well - getting inside the oppositions minds is going to be crucial in this series - England just about have the psychological advantage now - we need to keep it
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