Frankly I can't justify not having Siddle in the side when the batting from both sides, Bell excepted has been rubbish.
Cook looks like an odd choice at the top but his three 50s have all been vital in winning 3 games for England. Root's got the better numbers but his innings haven't been as important.
Watson gets nowhere near the side because he was rubbish for 4 Tests, getting a ton when the series is dead doesn't get you into a team of the series.
Smith can count himself unlucky, I just think KP's innings have been slightly more important in deciding the series than his. Smith would bat 6 if I went 6-1-4.
Starc would be an outside shot if he wasn't hopeless with the first new ball.
Last edited by Furball; 25-08-2013 at 06:55 AM.
Irrelevant. I'm not picking a team to beat South Africa or anyone else, I'm picking the best XI from the series.
I'd go with Furball's team. No way you can drop any of the 4 quicks after the series they had and no other bat is screaming to be picked.
If we are going to pick 5 bowlers why bother picking two openers?
Given that Cook, Trott, Bairstow, Prior, Hughes, Khawaja, Warner and Haddin all averaged about 25 between them I think it's fair to say Broad (25 with the bat and 27 with the ball) was the allrounder of the series.
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Ditto Watson and Smith scoring runs in the dead rubber, actually. Trott and Haddin both look to have had dodgy series, but really their respective 50s at TB were more valuable than late series stats padding.
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In fairness Smith hit a 50 at Trent Bridge and backed his captain up at Old Trafford. His "live" performance was at least acceptable if not outstanding.
That was a high quality fifty as well. Australia were in all sorts and the ball was talking.
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Most keen judges (ie, me) expected a bowlers' series, but the dearth of quality batting on both sides stood out like dogs balls.
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