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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy
    Even Butcher's better than Key.
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    Vaughan should play at three. He's the captain and if somebody needs to take the responsibility in that position it should be him. Thorpe might be able to go back there, but England need a long term solution and with Thorpe possibly retiring after the Ashes, that's obviously only short term.

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    That's clearly the strongest side they have available at the moment. Pietersen has to prove himself obviously, but with Butcher out of the equation and Key not a great pick there's a spot available and he is probably the one who deserves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    BTW some guy in the times was suggesting today that they might go with Flintoff at 7 in the ashes.

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    Its a bit short on bowling but if we get rolled first test i can see it happening
    In any case, isn't 7 a bit low for Flintoff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    No matter what the English do with the bat in their hands, the only way to win cricket games (without declarations) is by taking wickets, so the bowlers will have to be bowling as a team and all are going to have to be in great form (at once).
    I think they've been performing as a bowling team for 12 months or so now - just about every game they share the wickets around but one or other will stick his hand up and be the key man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    I guess the other alternative (& not one I'd advocate I hasten to add) would be to drop Ash & rely on Vaughan & KP for spin if it were needed.
    I can't see Giles being dropped for a long time.

    He's also started the season in superb form!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Vaughan should play at three. He's the captain and if somebody needs to take the responsibility in that position it should be him. Thorpe might be able to go back there, but England need a long term solution and with Thorpe possibly retiring after the Ashes, that's obviously only short term.

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    Kevin Pietersen
    Andrew Flintoff
    Geraint Jones (k)
    Ashley Giles
    Matthew Hoggard
    Simon Jones
    Steve Harmison

    That's clearly the strongest side they have available at the moment. Pietersen has to prove himself obviously, but with Butcher out of the equation and Key not a great pick there's a spot available and he is probably the one who deserves it.
    That looks much better.

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    What happened to off spin in English cricket ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    I think they've been performing as a bowling team for 12 months or so now - just about every game they share the wickets around but one or other will stick his hand up and be the key man.
    I agree they have been bowling well as a team, and have done a fine job together. However Australia is another story, if one bowler is off their game, even in the slightest, it will put pressure on the other bowlers and it could affect their games. It is handy having 5 quality bowlers, but if the top order doesn't get it together there is going to be a lot of pressure put on Flintoff to be a leading strike bowler and a middle order savioiur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    What happened to off spin in English cricket ????
    Nobody knows, Duncan Fletcher is calling for acadamies across the country to concentrate on producing spinners and all-rounders. Seems he has realised there is not much depth in those department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    That looks much better.
    That looks good to me as well. Although none of my favourite upcoming players [Bell, Cook] aren't there.

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    Another option could be:
    M Trescothick
    A Strauss
    I Bell
    M Vaughan (c)
    G Thorpe
    K Pietersen
    A Flintoff
    C Read (wk)
    A Giles
    M Hoggard
    S Harmison

    For me Bell is a better batsmen then Butcher or Key. Read batting at 8 would take the pressure of his batting and if he fails it not such a big deal. If you play 7 batsmen i see no reason to play Jones over Read. Batting Flintoff at seven is a bit low but it will allow him to have less pressure one his batting. Also in a four man bowling bowling attack he will bowl more overs and batting lower will give him more rest. Simon Jones hasn't done much wrong but droping him will allow you to play Read and both KP and Bell.
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    Not long ago Marc was arguing with Richard saying a thread should not be stickied till a test/odi of that tour starts.

    I always believe it should a bit before the first tour match.

    In much anticipated series like the ashes ofcourse one month before the first tour match doesnt seem out of place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush
    In much anticipated series like the ashes ofcourse one month before the first tour match doesnt seem out of place.
    I'd say this is probably the biggest series in terms of buildup for some time. The 2004 India/Pakistan series had a bit of a buildup, and so did India/Australia later last year, but this one is the most hyped I can remember in some time, and it's the first "1st v 2nd" series in almost four years. And, given the number of threads we were already seeing about it in cricket chat, obviously an official thread was a good move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    I'd say this is probably the biggest series in terms of buildup for some time. The 2004 India/Pakistan series had a bit of a buildup, and so did India/Australia later last year, but this one is the most hyped I can remember in some time, and it's the first "1st v 2nd" series in almost four years. And, given the number of threads we were already seeing about it in cricket chat, obviously an official thread was a good move.
    Its a good move to scrap unnecessary threads. Also the fact as you mentioned 1st versus 2nd makes it thrilling.

    On an amusing note, whats so much of discussion when no english fan believes they have any chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    What happened to off spin in English cricket ????
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