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    England Top 7 going forward?

    Realistically in terms of Englands top 7 we're looking at what 3 new bats? Assuming Cook, KP, Tinker and Stokes are currently shoe ins. Root will also probably be back at some point and tuck into less threatening bowling. He should not be opening though. Ballance probably deserves a couple more tests and right now I'm discounting Trott from coming back.

    Keeper: Either Prior finds some form or Buttler? Bairstow was surely only picked because he was there. Not the best gloveman (though didn't seem to do much wrong with the gloves when i saw him) and a batting technique consistently found out.

    Openers: Robson is being talked about on twitter a lot. Carberry won't play again.

    Cook
    Robson ??
    Bell
    KP
    Ballance ??
    Stokes
    Buttler/Prior

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    Not seen much of Robson but can't do worse than Carberry who should never play again. Root will return but when and where is anyones guess. Buttler or Prior will be the keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Not seen much of Robson but can't do worse than Carberry who should never play again. Root will return but when and where is anyones guess. Buttler or Prior will be the keeper.
    Perfect summary in one sentence of what i wrote using far too many words

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    Getting them to go forward would be an improvement.
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    Make them all play for their counties from the off next season and then pick Stokes plus the first six in the averages as at the weekend before the first Test
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    So play the Somerset team? (or whoever has the flattest pitch these days)

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    Hmm...having watched no cricket at all this year and only laughed at England thru this series, I suggest a top 7 of Cook, Compton, Bell, Pietersen, Hales, Root and a keeper
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    I suggest you watch some cricket then.

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    Taylor has to be given a proper run, doesn't seem like his face fits though, so i doubt it will happen.

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    A lot will depend on county form but I'd be content with something like this:

    Cook
    Root
    Bell
    KP
    Ballance
    Stokes
    Prior

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    I agree that Prior should be the keeper until the next Ashes at lead. Is there really anybody better? Obviously he has had an absolutely shocking 8 games, but talent doesn't just disappear. Give him a break and I'm sure he'll come back with a new lease on life ala Haddin.
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    There's a good opportunity for a few of the boys on the Lions tour tbh. They get a bit of a headstart compared to the others if we're talking about 'early season form'. I'd like to think Woakes captaining means something but it didn't with Jimmy Taylor.

    Cook
    Whoever puts up the best numbers out of Chopra, compton, Robson or Root
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Ballance
    Stokes
    Prior if he has a 'good' start to the season. If he doesn't manage that then whoever does well out of Davies or Buttler.

    Could there be scope for picking Stokes as the 3rd seamer and having another bowling option in the top 7. I mean, I'd rather be picking someone like Stokes ahead of Finn and Rankin at the moment with the ball, but if we wanted the insurance we could pick Woakes/Moeen. Especially attractive giving the issue we've got finding a Test quality spinner atm let alone one who can hold up an end

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    Alex Lees might get a go if early season form is good. Highly rated by Boycott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Alex Lees might get a go if early season form is good. Highly rated by Boycott.
    Hope not, way too early. Give him a full season of first class cricket at least first.

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    Think Prior's been the beneficiary of the age old "becoming a better player when not playing" rule.

    He's a class act, but I'd like to see him show some kind of form for Mr z's chaps before he's quietly slotted back in. Different format I know, but if Jos scores heavily in the ODIs his case will become stronger.

    If we were playing a test tomorrow (thank feck we aren't) and everyone was available for selection I'd be looking at:

    Cook
    Robson
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Ballance
    Stokes
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