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    Quote Originally Posted by JBH001 View Post
    Agreed. Not there technically, not there mentally. Just ****.

    Still, assuming as looks likely, that the series is all square at the Oval, who comes in at #3? Certainly not Bell, I dont think Colly is upto it. Is there a case for come back Tresco all is forgiven - at least for one test?
    Nah. Joyce & Trott seem the favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBH001 View Post
    Is there a case for come back Tresco all is forgiven - at least for one test?
    He said that is England were in dire jeopardy he would come back for a one off Test match if needed, I am pretty sure he was mainly talking about injuries.

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    On the topic of the thread, he is rubbish. A few tons against West Indies isn't that impressive. I'm surprised England persisted with him after 3 games - I'd much rather see Bopara coming in than Shah from an Australian perspective.

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    Micheal Carberry

    I think Micheal Carberry has a solid technique for Test cricket, Graham Thorpe thinks so too. He could take Cookes place or bat at 3.
    Also i think Joyce is developing well, if he keeps getting big scores like the 180 odd he got this week he should get picked.
    i've never rated Collingwood, ye he battles well but if he gets in early and the ball is swinging he gets out everytime. I'd replace him with Trott, i know that will never happen cos they love Colly in the dressing room.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Personally, I think blaming his batting position is a bit of a cop-out. He hasn't looked like he's out of position to me; he's just looked terrible. Much as he did against Sri Lanka when he batted #6, funnily enough.
    Can you do us a favour and get on the next plane to England and tell Shane Warne that? He is almost becoming OCD on talking about how Bopara is batting out of position.
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    Warne actually said he doesn't think Bopara has the mental attitude for Test cricket. He said he wont make an impact and he hasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoami View Post
    Warne actually said he doesn't think Bopara has the mental attitude for Test cricket. He said he wont make an impact and he hasn't.
    And he has also said Bopara should not be at 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy View Post
    Earnt it by being dropped and then cashing in against an abject West Indian side. Four tests against a misfiring Australian attack is ample proof that he isn't an international number 3.
    He just isn't a test batsman for me atm, a lot of people think pushing him down to no.6 from no.3 would solve all his problem, but with a technique like his, he would be found out very quickly against most bowling attacks irrespective where he bats.

    Won't deny that he has some potential, but he needs to develop a better defensive technique first, and therefore he needs to go back to Essex and work on his game, but the problem with England is, that his replacements probably aren't any better than him either (maybe Rob Key is the only exception).

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    Well if he thinks he lacks it mentally, it is obvious he shouldn't be batting at 3 in the ashes.

    How do u quote like that?

    Sorry i'm a noob.

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    Joyce and Carberry would do a better job, Carberry is solid defensively. I haven't seen much of Trott and Rob Key has had a miserable season, he made 270 odd a week ago but before that he couldn't score over 10 :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoami View Post
    Well if he thinks he lacks it mentally, it is obvious he shouldn't be batting at 3 in the ashes.

    How do u quote like that?

    Sorry i'm a noob.
    The "Quote" button at the bottom of the particular post.

    On topic - yeah, not good enough... but nor is Bell, nor Shah...
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    I agree on Bell and Shah, Bell definitely lacks the mental toughness, he gets too nervous and has apologetic body language.

    Thanks.

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    Reckon Bopara can make it tbh. Can score around the wicket at a good clip.

    Don't think he's a three in tests though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Nah. Joyce & Trott seem the favorites.
    Big ask for them, especially Trott, to bat at #3 in a likely deciding final test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Reckon Bopara can make it tbh. Can score around the wicket at a good clip.

    Don't think he's a three in tests though.
    As I said in my previous post, it doesn't matter whether he bats at no.3 or 6, with the kind of technical problems he has, he is going to get exposed by any decent bowling attack.

    He looks like a natural stroke-player, but unless and until he doesn't develop a decent defense to keep the good balls out, it really doesn't matter how many shots he has in his arsenal.

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