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    *Official* Fifth Test at The Oval

    Already plentiful discussion about who England should pick for this one so thought we could do with a thread.

    Freddie will return, surely. Other than that, ****ed if I know what we should do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Already plentiful discussion about who England should pick for this one so thought we could do with a thread.

    Freddie will return, surely. Other than that, ****ed if I know what we should do.

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    I don't think Anderson will be fit so Sidebottom in for him.

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    All we have to do is win on one of the flattest decks in the country with a batting line-up in which the tail starts at 2. Easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzorno View Post
    All we have to do is win on one of the flattest decks in the country with a batting line-up in which the tail starts at 2. Easy.


    Strauss
    Cook
    Trott
    Joyce
    Collingwood
    Prior
    Flintoff
    Swann
    Broad
    Sidebottom
    Onions

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBU View Post


    Strauss
    Cook
    Trott
    Joyce
    Collingwood
    Prior
    Flintoff
    Swann
    Broad
    Sidebottom
    Onions
    This, imo. With Anderson if he is fit.

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    Bring in Paul Horton I say. Far more solid at the top of the order than Cook.

    Why oh why did Marcus have to retire?

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    Wouldn't want Trott in against the new ball (and yes I know he opens in one-day domestic stuff). If you were going to drop Bell and Bopara for him and Joyce, I'd run with this order:

    3 Joyce
    4 Collingwood
    5 Trott
    6 Prior
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    Strauss
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    Key
    Collingwood
    Prior
    Joyce
    Flintoff
    Broad
    Swann
    Anderson/Harmison/Sidebottom depending on pitch/fitness
    Onions
    Or something.

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    Seems rough to throw in Joyce and Trott into such a must win situation, no?

    I suppose Ramps and/or Tresco are absolutely out of the question?

    Also, the Freddie circus of will he or wont he must stop. An early call would be best for all concerned.

    If Freddie is unable to play, then it really does become interesting...

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    strauss
    denly
    carberry
    joyce
    collingwood
    prior
    flintoff
    broad
    swann
    anderson or sidebottom
    onions

    i know this well never happen, oh well :P

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    I guess we can only hope he's doing something completely different with the test match strip than he's been doing for the FC games. Four games there this season, four draws. In the last match there, between Surrey and Leicestershire and ending five days ago, 593/5d played 608/4d.
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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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    he must be, 100%, no alternative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
    Strauss
    Cook
    Key
    Collingwood
    Prior
    Joyce
    Flintoff
    Broad
    Swann
    Anderson/Harmison/Sidebottom depending on pitch/fitness
    Onions
    Yeah, pretty much the side that England should play at the Oval, but AFAIC even if they make these changes,they have taken a test too many in doing so, I don't think it would be easy for people like Key and Joyce to step into the middle of an Ashes series in such a crucial game.

    The Oval pitch is also another huge factor for this test, if it is as flat as usual, then there is no chance of a result, so with all this time between the 4th and 5th test England need to come up with a result producing deck for the fifth test, and the only way to do it is, by keeping the pitch as dry and uneven as possible.
    Last edited by pup11; 08-08-2009 at 08:54 PM.

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    Am a bit concerned about the time between these two tests from Australia's point of view. Would prefer these tests to be back-to-back given this result. Although I guess it does give players like Johnson the chance to improve even further.
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