Well I would say playing Bresnan is a negative selection too. Whether you agree or not the fact is there are better bowlers than him and we don't need to cram batters in at number eight, nine and ten.
Overton or Jordan should have played.
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Bopara is the main issue. He's bowled in all of two t20s in the last month, and not very well at that. The commentators were talking about not bowling him in the first 10 or so overs, but that isn't the problem. You can't expect near enough a full quota of good overs from him off the back of the last month or so, thus play another bowler.
And Durham have the best seam attack in County Cricket and so yes he is one of the best seamers in County Cricket. He is comfortably in the top 10, given the regular England players virtually don't play CC.
Decent start but it's a shame to lose those two wickets, Stirling especially because he scores quite quickly. The bowling looks poor, which usually means any of our batsmen down to 8 will handle it fine. We have an unusually weak tail though, I miss the days of 8 all-rounders.
Just want to clarify, I have no problem with Stokes playing, but playing him at the expense of an out and out bowler is my problem.
He could have batted seven and played and would have been fine. Buttler six.
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