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    Strauss saying calm and not to panic that means just Flintoff in for Harmison and then maybe at a stretch Bopara out and Trott in, nothing more than that.

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    I don't care how unfit Flintoff is. As long as he can walk. he plays the next Test.
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    Panesar should be nowhere near the team, FFS

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Bell, Bopara, Harmison out. Trott, Key, Flintoff in.

    Providing he can play, it will be Freddie's last Test match. Century and a 5fer, please.
    Haha, if Freddie wins England the match then he will be totally immortalised.

    Any news on the fitness of Anderson? Looked pretty bad out in the field the other day, WAG for getting some runs again though.


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    If Bell or Bopara play, I may actually cry.
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Any news on the fitness of Anderson? Looked pretty bad out in the field the other day, WAG for getting some runs again though.
    Haha, he'll play, there's nothing wrong with him. Bowled poo and got smashed and started holding his leg and limping like Nic Bendtner when he's just fallen over in front of an open net.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
    If Bell or Bopara play, I may actually cry.
    If I had a mortgage, I would bet it on the fact that at least one of them will.

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    I reckon Bell will, tbh

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    I reckon Bell will, tbh
    Yeah me too, don't think the selectors will have the balls to axe him after 4 innings, even though they really ought to. Will go with the "he deserves a proper chance to showcase himself" attitude, ignoring the fact that he has been very poor for a long time now and has played dreadfully in the two matches this series.

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    He's only played three innings tbf. But yeah, had a stinker here, he was the one to fall after the last shocking collapse, don't think they'll scapegoat him again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    He's only played three innings tbf. But yeah, had a stinker here, he was the one to fall after the last shocking collapse, don't think they'll scapegoat him again.
    Haha oh yeah that is true, had forgotten that he only played the 1 at Edgbaston, but even then he should have been out extremely cheaply. I know panicking is not the way to get success, but it's so obvious that change is needed, and his name should be second on the list, no question, he has done nothing to suggest he is any more well equipped to succeed for at this level since he was axed last time round, I would bet that if it was Ravi who had been injured rather than Pietersen, they would have gone for Trott. I really think the only way Bell could be justfied as a selection at all is due to his experience, which so far has been worth nothing, gah.

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    Cook is probably a bit lucky that the other bats failed tbf, he's done very little this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Yeah me too, don't think the selectors will have the balls to axe him after 4 innings, even though they really ought to. Will go with the "he deserves a proper chance to showcase himself" attitude, ignoring the fact that he has been very poor for a long time now and has played dreadfully in the two matches this series.
    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Haha oh yeah that is true, had forgotten that he only played the 1 at Edgbaston, but even then he should have been out extremely cheaply. I know panicking is not the way to get success, but it's so obvious that change is needed, and his name should be second on the list, no question, he has done nothing to suggest he is any more well equipped to succeed for at this level since he was axed last time round, I would bet that if it was Ravi who had been injured rather than Pietersen, they would have gone for Trott. I really think the only way Bell could be justfied as a selection at all is due to his experience, which so far has been worth nothing, gah.
    The worst thing Bell has done for himself is to stay in for a few deliveries and demonstrate to everyone how not-good-enough he is. If he'd got out first ball in both innings no one would really know what he could do. Instead his incompetence has been on show for all to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Cook is probably a bit lucky that the other bats failed tbf, he's done very little this series.
    Yeah, he is kinda getting away with it. He's been even more underwhelming than usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Cook is probably a bit lucky that the other bats failed tbf, he's done very little this series.
    At least his previous record is pretty reasonable, and he hasn't done dreadfully, just been very mediocre. Even if everyone else had played a blinder I very much doubt there would have been any threat to his place in the side.

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