yea addsy, he said it'd be a poor look for the series for an old overweight trundler to rip em a new one
My "assuming form and fitness" XI:
If KP misses out I'd bring in Buttler. Yes, really. Been in the runs already and has both the game and the temperament for tests.
If Tremmers isn't fit, I'd bring back Bres (assuming his latest op has restored his powers to 10/11 levels).
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Would be my side as well.
Root playing the innings he did yesterday is further encouragement that he is the real deal. Still have concerns over Compton I have to admit, but there is no way that dropping him would be at all justifiable at this stage.
Really need KP to be fit because Bairstow does not convince at all, if he does miss out then I would ideally like to see Stokes but he is just not making the runs. I am convinced (as I am every year) that this is going to be a breakthrough year for James Vince, am unashamedly biased but he could be a really special player, I would not go far enough to say he should actually be picked though. We need Pietersen to be fit basically.
It's not Anderson's MO to run through teams (unless he gets overhead conditions which allow him to bend the ball round corners), he's the closest thing England have got to a McGrath who bores batsmen out by bowling an immaculate line and length and moving the ball enough to worry the batsmen.
Anderson hasn't run through a side since Trent Bridge against Pakistan, nearly three years ago. He's still got a few decent hauls, but never ripped through a team in no time. Broad's much similar to the stereotype of old Anderson, in that he can be really average at times but he's awesome when he's in good rhythm and can rip through anyone.
I do see where theegyptian is coming from though. Anderson hasn't taken a five-fer for over a year, and his strike rate was 98.4 against South Africa last year, where he didn't appear to have the same zip he had against India the year before. That said, he was still able to ramp it up at Kolkata 2nd dig, so maybe he's just bowling within himself more often these days.
As an Australian, I would much sooner see Tremlett or Finn in the starting XI than Onions.
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