Of course if you really wanted to you could play Stokes as a bowling allrounder and have one of him or Buttler bat at 8 so you can pick another batsman. Which is actually pretty feasible given that Stokes has already proven he's capable of bowling as a 3rd seamer.
The 4 seamers for this Spring/Summer should be quite simple really - Anderson, Broad, Onions and Stokes. The only way Onions shouldn't play is if England are hell bent on a spinner who can't bat and need a stronger tail. I wouldn't be surprised to see Rayner get picked if he does well with the Lions (if he ends up replacing Kerrigan in the squad).
Flower and Gooch would ruin Buttler, he would be scoring 15 off 70 balls before you know it.
As for the subject....Prior will be back, of that I'm confident. NFI where we look once he is finished, but I don't think that time has come just yet. A more pressing concern is where do we find a spinner?
Gooch was useless when he was batting coach at Durham, don't know what he's done to warrant a reputation from his time with Essex or England. Essex are a team with a lot of talent going nowhere and achieving nothing.
About the only thing you could credit him with is batsmen going on to score really big hundreds, but now they can't even score hundreds let alone big ones.
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I think the only way we'd seriously consider Stokes as one of three seamers would be if we were looking to play two spinners, which is how he got the gig in the first place.
l would say there's literally no chance of that happening in the summer, but who the **** knows any more?
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Bairstow, Buttler, Kieswetter all attacking players but in the main inconsistent. Kieswetter must be in with a chance with experience opening batting. Rather him open near top rather than Cook or Root in Limited overs.
Why not play all 3 ??????????
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