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Thread: Should Nixon get the WK place in England's test side?

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    Should Nixon get the WK place in England's test side?

    Nixon is the man occupying the WK position in England's ODI side, and he has really impressed me with not only his WK, but also his leadership and batting. He is a big personality and is proving he isn't a mug with the bat. Personally despite his age, I'd like to see him given a run in the TEST side.

    The other guys I would suggest are Read again, but more than him James Foster of Essex. He is still young enough, and is proving at Essex with his much improved batting that he has the potential to be a WK who scores runs at International level.

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    I'd pick someone else for the Tests, I think this would be a good time to give someone a run given these *should* be some of the easier Tests England will play and they're at home. I'd retain Nixon in the ODI side tho, given the Twenty20 World Cup takes place later his year.
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    Theres no doubt that Nixon will give England stability in the w/k position that they need, but the age factor is definetly against him, also the fact that he hasn't played Tests before.

    I'm still supporting Read, he didn't go all too badly in Australia.

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    i feel Nixon should play tests for England for next 2 years. Players like Loye and Nixon, really do bring some freshness to the otherwise depleted England team.
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    Yes. He should at least be given a look in against the West Indies and if he is reasonbly successful, then continue on.
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    Read should be the test keeper. The Ashes only added to the evidence that he is the premier English glovesman. And the fact remains that he still scored well against Pakistan at home just prior.

    I'm sure he's capable of getting runs against the lowly Windies, and more to the point...he should be given the chance to.

    It's chalk and cheese compared to Australia away. He shouldn't solely be judged against the far and away #1 team in a 5-0 drubbing in which so many batsman failed for prolonged periods at times.

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    He's only 36.

    Alec Stewart played until he was 40 didn't he.

    As long as you're still performing, I don't see the issue with a players age personally.

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    I was certainly anti his promotion to the international ranks, but you can't deny he's performed decently enough & has shown a bit of old-fashioned British pluck too.

    I actually think Moores might quite like him as a player in his own image (limited natural ability, fitness fanatic, works incredibly hard) so I think he's a real chance.

    I'd still like Pothas if he's qualified, mind. He's a relatively youthful 33.
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    Let's look at the other contenders.

    Chris Read - Most overrated wicketkeeper in the local group of galaxies.
    Geraint Jones - ...
    James Foster - Off the radar for so long the selectors have probably presumed him dead.
    Nic Pothas - I don't like the ****. End of story.
    Steve Davies - Too young.
    Dire Prior - 'nuff said.

    That leaves what? Nixon, Batty, Sutton, Mustard and a load of South Africans? Spoilt for choice aren't we? Yeah. Give it to Nixon.

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    i agree he has done very well and although he would probably deserve a place i think i would rather give it to prior, pothas or davies. i would go for prior
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    Read deserves a longer run in test matches before he is axed and even if he fails i won't pick Nixon for tests as he is a short-term solution due to his age.

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    Nic Pothas , end of.

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    No - not good enough and too old

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    No - not good enough and too old
    Any better ideas , Read . Foster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bamber View Post
    Any better ideas , Read . Foster?
    Read.

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