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    Lack of English Batting Talent

    Im not going to go into the current side and the rights and wrongs of certain selections.

    I just wanted to have a look at what else was available.

    What I did was set criteria based on Domestic List A performances that I would want English players to meet and tried to see how long the list of candidates that fulfilled the criteria would be.

    I had no idea how many players would make the list.

    1. Stats from the last 2 season used to show consistency
    2. Strike rate min of 80 in both the last 2 seasons. Need to be able to score quickly off Domestic attacks if you want to do it at International level
    3. At least 1 century in each season. Ability to play a big, matchwinning innings rather than just cameos.
    4. Average of over 35 in both of the last 2 seasons. Showing consistency and I believe 35 should be a rough approx. of the min. International calibre players should achieve


    In all honesty, I didnt think the qualifying targets were that difficult to meet. And they weren't for foreign players.

    The English Players List
    Ali Brown
    Marcus Trescothick

    Thats it, thats the list

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    What suprises me the most is when England had their last player average 50+ in Test matches at the end of his career.
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    I've been saying it for, oh, 5 years at least.

    For some reason, we just don't seem to produce many quality one-day batsmen. And the few we do produce (Usman Afzaal) don't get picked, with those of First-Class pedigree preferred.

    The annoying thing is, that should mean loads of bowlers with good records - but it doesn't. There are only a small handful of bowlers with even reasonable one-day economy-rates, those being the like of Ealham, Gough, Mascarenhas, Martin-Jenkins and Killeen, and they get completely ignored in favour of "wicket-takers" (what utter nonsense) like Kirtley, Tudor, Harmison, Kabir Ali, Mahmood, Wharf, Simon Jones, Tremlett, Plunkett, Broad and Panesar. And heck, even those like Tim Bresnan who've done precisely nothing of note in their entire careers.

    Bad domestic performance is compounded by bad selection. And yet there's no reason, at all, that there should be so few high-calibre cricketers at the limited-overs game. It's not like we don't play enough of it, at both club and county level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    What suprises me the most is when England had their last player average 50+ in Test matches at the end of his career.
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    Well, as an advocate of Ali Brown, the list was satisfying for me.

    I honestly think that if he had been born 5 years later he would have been one of the best ODI batsmen England have produced.

    Instead the most destructive batsman of his generation was dismissed as a 'clown' but to him being marginally before his time.

    Even when he was selected it was pretty clear he was not wanted and people were waiting for him to fail to jetison him.

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    TBH, I was never 100% convinced about him. A bit of an Afridi, I do think. Real shame he never played a Test, and certainly was capable of playing one-day innings few if any could match, but he never achieved that consistency you quite rightly state is essential. Would routinely string together 6 or 7 innings of nothing-much.

    And I never thought he'd make it when he was picked for ODIs. I think had he played a few more nothing other than a continuation would've happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    TBH, I was never 100% convinced about him. A bit of an Afridi, I do think. Real shame he never played a Test, and certainly was capable of playing one-day innings few if any could match, but he never achieved that consistency you quite rightly state is essential. Would routinely string together 6 or 7 innings of nothing-much.

    And I never thought he'd make it when he was picked for ODIs. I think had he played a few more nothing other than a continuation would've happened.
    *shakes head and cries*

    Like Afridi? Really? Not a chance

    Again it is lack of foresight and the fact that people lump these type of players together.

    He should never have played Tests but would have been a real dangerman for England in ODIs. The type of player that actually scares opponents.

    Also you are being harsh on Kirtley in a previous post. By far the best List A bowler in England over the past 2 seasons and has done so with a good economy rate. Especially when compared to an 'Economy guy' like Mascarenhas who had a far worse ER in 2006 and obviously cant come close in abilty to take wickets. Also I have no idea how you can nominate a guy like Martin-Jenkins. He averaged a wicket every 2 games last season at an average of 60 The economy rate was ok but nothing special. TBH Martin-Jenkins is an average cricketer.

    If you want a real 'economy guy' then you will have to wait 2 seasons as the closest England have to a player that had an economy rate under 4 for each of the past 2 seasons is Ray Price.

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    Kirtley has been heaps better recently but he was absolutely God-damn dreadful when he was picked for ODIs and should never, ever have been near the side at that time. I do wonder about the current time, but TBH his chances are probably gone.

    I wasn't meaning Brown was quite so bad as Afridi, but he does of times seem to be lumped into the Craig McMillan, Herschelle Gibbs, Chamara Silva category in that it often seems to me when I'm watching him that he's more concerned about playing shots than scoring runs.

    As for the bowlers - yeah, Mascarenhas has been poor the last couple of seasons, which has really disappointed me. His time, too, is probably gone now.

    But Martin-Jenkins - just calling him an average cricketer is so, so unfair. IMO it's all down to one thing - Ronnie Irani. Everyone remembers him (a little unfairly too) as the epitome of "average county pro". If Martin-Jenkins was a specialist bowler who never had batting pretensions (a bit like Ealham) he'd possibly have been taken a bit more seriously. I couldn't give a **** about how few wickets he's taking, TBH - give me him over Bresnan any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
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    Aha, yeah, I sees what he meanses now...

    Not too surprising to me, TBH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Kirtley has been heaps better recently but he was absolutely God-damn dreadful when he was picked for ODIs and should never, ever have been near the side at that time. I do wonder about the current time, but TBH his chances are probably gone.
    Obviously he has improved, as he has been incredible the last few years. But he wasnt doing that bad when he was originally selected.

    His first ODI was in 2001 and he was one of the premier bowlers in List A cricket that season.

    There were only 4 bowlers that had more wickets at a better average and economy rate in that season.

    A Sheriyar
    SR Lampitt
    MJ Saggers
    MA Robinson

    Obviously Robinson and Lampitt were ancient and that leaves only 2 guys that had realistic England pretentions that outperformed him.

    For reference. Kirtley in 2001 in List A games. 20 games, 27 wkts, av 25.03, econ 4.3
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    Yes. 1 reasonably good season he had indeed had.

    But his previous few seasons had been nothing remarkable at all. And he was picked more for his average than his economy-rate, and in my experience that usually results in what it did with him and Tudor - the high ER retained, the wicket-taking absent.

    EDIT: what was Sheriyar's ER in 2001? I can't ever remember him being anything other than your stereotypical "expensive wicket-taker". Mind, I always liked him, TBH - thought he had real potential. Another one that got away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    EDIT: what was Sheriyar's ER in 2001? I can't ever remember him being anything other than your stereotypical "expensive wicket-taker". Mind, I always liked him, TBH - thought he had real potential. Another one that got away.
    Ha, you would ask that after I closed my spreadsheet and didnt bother to save it.

    I liked Sheriyar as well though England probably got it right as he more than likely wasnt International standard. He could be quick on his day though.

    EDIT: Sheriyar in 2001. ER= 4.2 Pretty good
    Last edited by Goughy; 04-04-2007 at 07:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Also you are being harsh on Kirtley in a previous post. By far the best List A chucker in England over the past 2 seasons
    Corrected.

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    This is an interesting thread imo. Given that England have struggled in the ODI area for so long (recent CB series in Oz aside), is it a structural/ developmental thing about the way their players are coached at an early age, or is it an unfortunate accident of history that that there just isn't the dynamism at the moment?
    When I look at the England side, most of their batsmen aren't bad players, they're just the WRONG type of player for ODIs. There is an array of accumulators but little in the way of genuine belters of the ball (KP and Fred aside). The fact that they are currently ranked #2 in tests says that the players they have there can play, but they just don't seem dynamic enough imo for the shorter version. Further, the fact that KP and Fred are the only two really consistently devastating hitters means there is bulk pressure on them when, like this morning, the side needs to motor along in the innings - the opponents know they are the main men as well.
    By contrast, Sri Lanka, NZ, SA and Australia seem to have an arsenal of power hitters who can semi-regularly deposit the ball over the boundary. The depth in this power means that those sides can go hard at the bowling virtually all the way through (barring a collapse) whereas it seems England feel the need to preserve early wickets more than other sides so that their two big hitters are protected from the new ball.
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