- As featured in The Independent.
"Predictably, the ending of his international career did not end the argument about Pietersen's merits, as an army of informed commentators and Piers Morgan weighed in to defend or attack him."
- The Guardian's Andrew Anthony
His is more about the mental side of things. Poor bloke's been waiting on the sideline for ages now.
Did quite a bit of commentary for Sky when he was recovering from his various injury woes and speaks very well on the game; nice line in dry, Northern self-deprecation too.
Obviously I don't know him tho and for all I know he may be sobbing himself to sleep every night at the arbitrary injustice of it & have The Samaritans on speed dial.
Kerrigan and Woakes in the squad, along with a recall for Finn.
I'd love to see Woakes debut and do well, but I can't see him getting a game unfortunately.
Reckon Swann might get a rest for the Oval - not convinced the selectors will want to take Kegga this winter without having had a proper look at him first
Monty deffo on the outers after the somewhat unfortunate security staff/urine interface incident then.
Selectors really like those runs down the order too, eh? Otherwise Woakes's call up makes no sense. Not convinced he has the armoury to trouble test batsmen on anything but the most raging greentops. & I can't see The Oval being that.
I just wonder if they'd yet consider batting him 6. I'm sure it might be an option in the future, but then I'm not sure his batting as quite good enough nor do I see the use in him as a 5th bowler..
nah, as good as he is I just don't think monty is a viable top 6 option at this stage.
The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
I think they want Woakes as an option to use if they go for two spinners. I.e. if it doesn't look like it'll do a lot for the spinners, Tremlett in for Bres the only change. If it looks like a bunsen, Kerrigan in for Bresnan and Woakes in for Bairstow to keep three seam options.
England definitely not convinced who they want to replace Bresnan. 4 guys going for the one spot as I can't see anyone else being replaced. I'd of being happier leaving Finn out for another game and letting him play the county game starting the day before this test. And Tremlett can't of convinced them otherwise they'd of named a 12 or 13 man squad.
They might release one or two in time for the CC games after they have had a couple of days together
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