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    Stuart Law granted British citizenship

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    Stuart Law, who played in the 1996 World Cup final for Australia, has been granted British citizenship following his decision to move to England permanently. He can counts as a non-overseas player in county cricket.

    Law, 36, was the first player to captain Queensland to victory in the Sheffield Shield, in 1994-95 - a title they won five more times before he retired from Australian domestic cricket in 2003-04.

    He had played for Essex for six summers before joining Lancashire in 2002, and has been one of the most productive overseas players. With 1833 runs in 1999, he was the leading runscorer in English domestic cricket, and only once in the last nine years has he failed to pass 1000 runs in a season.

    Speaking from his home in Cheshire, Law said, "I'm glad that it's happened quickly and with no problems. I can now start the New Year and new season as an English player and hopefully in the long run benefit Lancashire."

    Now he has a British passport Law could, in theory, play for England. With over 23,000 first-class runs at an average above 50, stranger things have happened. It is nearly six years since he played the last of his 54 ODIs for Australia, and he scored an undefeated 54 in his only Test innings

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    Alas why of these great players that never truely got into the teamm, would be strange having him playing for england if it actually happend!
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    Making into the English team eh?


    We'll see about that, unlikly of happening tho
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    England couldn't do worse than pick Stuart Law, as it would not really be a step forward for the future, but if he was picked, I'm sure he would do an outstanding job.
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    Only thing that would stop him playing for England is his age. Shame he didnt decide to move to England 10 years ago :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Should there be a huge injury crisis in the batting leaving all ouf our experienced men out, it wouldn't surprise me.
    If England played for today instead of tomorrow, Law would be in there.. Quality batsman..

    I can't see it ever happening though, like Goodwin playing for Australia as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    If England played for today instead of tomorrow, Law would be in there.. Quality batsman..

    I can't see it ever happening though, like Goodwin playing for Australia as well
    To be fair Goodwin is good four years younger than Law. &, of the regular Oz top 7, (which for the purposes of argument I'll assume to be Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Martyn, Lehmann, Clarke & Gilchrist) only Clarke is below 30. I think (and admittedly this may just be because I have a birthday with a "3" at the start of it this year) that the Oz selectors are rightly more concerned with results in the here & now than building for a hypothetical future.

    As for Stu Law, I'd have him as no 3 for the 4th test!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby

    As for Stu Law, I'd have him as no 3 for the 4th test!
    well anyone but butcher and key...but i cant believe a player that played for australia (although only once) has a UK passport.....and qualifies as a non oversees player...hes a class player...but how many more players that have played either country a matches or test matches be allowed UK passports and can qualify for playing for England......Pieterson....james Bryant and law are 3 of many...although they would be great players for England..the fact is they should play for there country of birth of long time origin..although old fashioned and a idea that wil be critised...is the idea of English players playing for england such a stupid idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus
    is the idea of English players playing for england such a stupid idea?
    Guess it depends how broadly you define "English". Obviously Stu Law is an Aussie, I wouldn't dare claim otherwise; but players like Nasser Hussain (India) & Andrew Srauss (South Africa) weren't English born, but I reckon qualify as "English" by virtue of their upbringing in the mother country!

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    Yes, it is a stupid idea

    For one, find the last England team without a foreign-born player. I'm buggered if I know what it was. For two, the UK is a hugely multicultural society and we should be proud of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    England couldn't do worse than pick Stuart Law, as it would not really be a step forward for the future, but if he was picked, I'm sure he would do an outstanding job.

    agree entirley, especially in those one dayers
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    Yeah like it was mentioned before, he is way too old to resurect his Test career, shame

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master
    agree entirley, especially in those one dayers
    Erm, last I checked we'd had a good set of games in ODIs - lets face it, we beat Australia and not many sides do that!
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    First time in how many games though?

    Hey if Usman Afzaal (sp?) can play for the England, then you never know.
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