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    England Tour Squad for Australia

    Australia have their "test side for the first test in Australia" thread, so why not have our "squad for Australia" thread. England took 17 players last time, took 18 to India, and I can't see them wanting to reduce their options for the nine FC matches on tour, so we'll say pick 18 names. I've grouped them in batting, keeping, spin and seam sections, with the order just sorted by where they bat or the pecking order in my head.

    Batsman
    Alastair Cook
    Nick Compton
    Michael Carberry
    Jonathan Trott
    Kevin Pietersen
    Ian Bell
    Joe Root
    James Taylor

    Wicketkeepers
    Matt Prior
    Steven Davies

    Spinners
    Graeme Swann
    Monty Panesar

    Seamers
    James Anderson
    Stuart Broad
    Tim Bresnan
    Steven Finn
    Chris Tremlett
    Graham Onions

    Bairstow is done IMO, at least if he fails at the Oval. Get Root back to six and have Carberry and Compton have a shoot out for the second opening spot, with the one who loses being the reserve opener. Taylor can be the reserve middle order bat. Panesar hasn't had the greatest season, but he's still a proven test spinner and an able backup for Swann. Seamers are just the six who have been in and around the side this season. Don't really know if it's worth taking anyone else instead of one of those six.
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    This English top three are cornflakes. They're not the most exciting thing out but they're pretty effective. Then the middle order are the sugar. Would be too much on their own but added to the cornflakes they add some much needed interest

    When KP returns he will be the banana..

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    Batsman
    Alastair Cook
    Nick Compton
    Sam Robson
    Jonathan Trott
    Kevin Pietersen
    Ian Bell
    Joe Root
    James Taylor

    Wicketkeepers
    Matt Prior
    Jonny Bairstow

    Spinners
    Graeme Swann
    Simon Kerrigan

    Seamers
    James Anderson
    Stuart Broad
    Tim Bresnan
    Steven Finn
    Chris Tremlett
    Jamie Overton

    Kerrigan gets the nod because we aren't going to play two spinners, so might as well get him around the squad and see what he is like in a warm up game or two. Onions I don't see being suited to any Aussie pitch, so Overton comes on a scholarship of sorts. He has genuine pace and bounce as well. Bairstow will be on the plane, but I like him more as the backup glove-man with Taylor as the middle order back up. Robson/Compton fight it out for opener.

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    Cook
    Root
    Trott
    Pietersen
    Bell
    Bairstow
    Taylor
    Prior
    Swann
    Panesar
    Anderson
    Broad
    Bresnan
    Finn
    Tremlett
    Onions

    Maybe take Compton as the reserve opener. Can't see any new faces for the tour, they will be with the loins and Compo might be with them anyway.

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    Sames squad as Flibberty, Pretty easy tbh - no point with leftfield selections because the Lions/Academy are based in Australia over teh winter as well

    Can't see them dropping Bairstow from the whole squad and he provides wicketkeeping backup, Taylor might start the series though

    If a few need a rest for the mid series tour game draft them in from the seconds.
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    Batsman
    Alastair Cook
    Joe Root
    Jonathan Trott
    Kevin Pietersen
    Ian Bell
    Nick Compton
    James Taylor
    *Morgan might get picked in the squad as well at a guess.

    Wicketkeepers
    Matt Prior
    Jonny Bairstow

    Spinners
    Graeme Swann
    Monty Panesar

    Seamers
    James Anderson
    Stuart Broad
    Tim Bresnan
    Steven Finn
    Chris Tremlett
    Graham Onions

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    Bats

    Cook
    Root
    Trott
    KP
    Bell
    Robson
    Taylor

    Wkt

    Bairstow (reserve wkt)
    Prior

    Bowlers

    Anderson
    Broad
    Bresnan
    Tremlett
    Finn
    Rankin
    Onions
    Swann
    Kerrigan

    Think Bairstow is worth his place as he can also fill in as a reserve wicket keeper. Kerrigan is out there but there's not a chance we'll play 2 spinners at any point so he's only out there in case Swann breaks down.
    Last edited by Johann; 13-08-2013 at 09:00 AM.

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    Compton might get taken as cover but I will be astonished if Carberry gets a callup.

    Sam Robson is 25 years old and is topping the run charts in Div 1 - he's got to be a shoo in, surely...

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    No Bopara in anyone's squad. One is not amused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theegyptian View Post
    No Bopara in anyone's squad. One is not amused.
    I could be persuaded to sub him in for Onions I reckon

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91Jmay View Post
    Onions I don't see being suited to any Aussie pitch, so Overton comes on a scholarship of sorts. He has genuine pace and bounce as well. Bairstow will be on the plane, but I like him more as the backup glove-man with Taylor as the middle order back up. Robson/Compton fight it out for opener.
    I don't like the idea of going horses-for-courses when picking the squad. Maybe it'd work for particular tests, but it's too much of a generalisation to think Australia=fast bouncy wickets. Conditions in Australia haven't been very predictable this past few years.
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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 Johann View Post
    Sam Robson is 25 years old and is topping the run charts in Div 1 - he's got to be a shoo in, surely...
    Lions at best I'd say - it's not like he's backed it up season after season to warrant such an elevation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Lions at best I'd say - it's not like he's backed it up season after season to warrant such an elevation.
    I think with Oz sniffing around we'll want to get him involved ASAP...

    Overton isn't a bad shout either - he's definitely one for the future

    Realistically though, I think we'll probably only take 16 players in the main squad

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    An Ashes series in Australia is not the time to blood youngsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I don't like the idea of going horses-for-courses when picking the squad. Maybe it'd work for particular tests, but it's too much of a generalisation to think Australia=fast bouncy wickets. Conditions in Australia haven't been very predictable this past few years.
    Yeah. Bresnan came in partly for the Melbourne pitch last time as well. If Onions can reverse swing he's a good option, especially if Anderson is injured.

    I'd leave Finn at home. Sick of seeing him get dropped in the middle of all his series against good opposition. The idea of him as your outright pace option is a myth, he doesn't 't bowl faster than Anderson in Tests. Tremlett is better of you want to bring in a big man as well. I'd sooner take someone like Woakes who represents a change of plan.

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    I reckon they'll pick Buttler over Davies btw.

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