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    Mistakes in selection on this tour by England

    1. Not picking a front-line spinner. They didn't take Leach to the sub-continent and once again refused to pick him (or another front-line spinner here)
    2. Persisting with Moeen Ali. Let's be honest they are plenty of club bowlers who would be just as effective and the same level of control...pointless selecting a player not good enough with bat or ball for these conditions. He's arguably no better of a bowler than Malan either.
    3. Not playing Bairstow as a batsman and picking Foakes as keeper who is a very good batsman himself..
    4. Not batting Root 3. Captain doesn't have to be 3, or the best player. He does when the openers and number 3 are all fragile. Especially when he's the best player.
    5. Ballance could have been a great option on flat wickets, especially if put at his natural number 4 position.
    6. England didn't pick a team to win with. They picked a team to try to avoid getting bashed game after game. And it happened anyway.
    7. Aus have 3 seamers and a spinner plus part-timers. England could have used the same balance..

    Team I'd have selected pre-series


    1. Cook
    2. Stoneman
    3. Root (c)
    4. Ballance
    5. Bairstow
    6. Malan
    7. Foakes (wk)
    8. Overton
    9. Broad
    10. Leach
    11. Anderson

    I think this team would have had more of a chance. I'm interested what sort of a team you'd have picked pre-series (not in hindsight) and what you'd pick for the 4th test?

    Test 4 (using players from the squad England have picked)

    1. Cook
    2. Stoneman
    3. Root (c)
    4. Ballance
    5. Bairstow
    6. Malan
    7. Foakes (wk)
    8. Overton
    9. Curran
    10. Crane
    11. Anderson

    I think for the 4th test I'd drop Broad and play Curran looking at the touring party. Crane would have to play instead of Leach. I'd like to give Ballance a game now the series is dead, Vince did ok though in the 3rd test. I'd rotate Vince for Ballance however just to see what happens, not like England have anything to lose from it.

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    Admittedly I don't follow county cricket, but I don't think England have done much wrong in terms of selection, the team just isn't good enough.
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    Vince is getting some abuse yet Vince is (marginally) averaging/scored more runs than Joe Root in this series (and massively out-performed the woeful Ali and Cook), and has the third best highest English score. If anything it is your experienced players - Cook, Broad, Ali and (slightly less so) Root - who have been a colossal let down and your Malans, Overtons and to a lesser extent Vince who have proven their critics wrong.
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    The weird thing about the current side is who could they drop to move Bairstow up and play Foakes? Malan and Vince have done a good job and neither Cook nor Root is going anywhere. The only real solution to me is drop Moeen and run with a four man attack, but thatís awfully sameish.


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    The only benefit of playing Mason Crane is that it might mean Simon Kerrigan doesn't feel quite so bad about himself
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Admittedly I don't follow county cricket, but I don't think England have done much wrong in terms of selection, the team just isn't good enough.
    This.

    I wouldn't have picked Malan last summer but he has been a success, Stoneman has done ok and deserves the NZ trip but there is no way I would have had Vince on this trip and again he deserves the NZ trip. It is the senior players in Cook, Root, Moeen and Broad who have let the side down and the new players have carried the side along with Bairstow and Anderson.

    Can't believe the side from the first post, 4 man attack including a rookie spinner?

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    Yeah i donít want to sound too negative, but England playing a four man attack including a rookie leg spinner on Boxing Day wouldnít do much save get Smith closer to bradmanís all time Wisden rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Admittedly I don't follow county cricket, but I don't think England have done much wrong in terms of selection, the team just isn't good enough.
    Yeah the issue with England have been their senior players, not the guys they've called up. Not sure that the alternatives would've been much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Yeah the issue with England have been their senior players, not the guys they've called up. Not sure that the alternatives would've been much better.
    Even the likes of Stoneman and Vince haven't been brilliant.

    Stoneman's hasn't embarrassed himself and has tended to be in for a longish time to his credit.

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    Stoneman is doing a Carberry but slightly better this tour.

    Imo this squad shouldn't change that much for the NZ tests.
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    Yep the difference in the batting has been Smith vs Root. Warner and Stoneman have been in the same ball park and Bancroft has been only a little better than Cook.

    But Smith has been incredible while Root has underperformed. And that's been the biggest difference.

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    I don't think you're right about any of those suggestions tbh.

    Moeen was a match winning spinner in the summer, taking bags of wicket for fun. As far as most people were concerned he was the best spinner England had.

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    Yeah I'm not sure you can blame the selectors for this English tour. Ball, Woakes and Broad have all been woeful but that's not exactly the selectors' fault. Root and Cook and Broad and Ali all not stepping up and taking the responsibility that they should has been the problem.

    For all the crap I give Anderson (mostly to wind up the poms on the forum itbt) he's been the only senior player who actually looks like the give a damn. Has Broad even beaten the bat once on this tour? Ali would be the GOAT all rounder if his batting and bowling averages were reversed. Root has looked like a rookie trying to cement his place in the side.

    What is it with English players being turned to crap by the captaincy? Aussie captains step up when given the role but English captains seem to think that they don't have to bother scoring or taking wickets once they get the (c) next to their name.

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    Have you never heard of May and Gooch? The last England captain's average is basically the same captaincy or otherwise.

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    The selectors have done fine. With the exception of Ball, all the other players who you'd say they took a punt on have done their jobs.

    Stoneman has looked the part, although it has to be a worry that he's looked all kinds of apprehensive against Haze since being hit.
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