Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
Mark Ramprakash isn't in the team because he's played several Tests and failed to average over 30. Oh yea, and he's almost 40! There's a huge difference. I'm a big fan of Ramprakash (I saw him score a ton against the Aussies in 2001) but I can understand the reasons why he would not be selected now. It's an entirely different situation to Prior. Matt Prior has played three Test series and scored runs in 2 of the 3. He's hardly been a failure. Yes, he hasn't caught stunningly, but I maintain that catching was a secondary consideration when he was selected. Just like Geraint Jones. It's the wrong approach, but it's been the England approach.
I wonder if there was any temptation within the selection meetings to cut this 'generation' of wicket keepers out altogether and bring in young Steven Davies?
Would prefer Mustard to Davies. Davies isn't ready. And Mustard won't amount to much, so I wouldn't mind seeing him wasted.
Davies' form so far in his career has been encouraging, but not yet compelling. The minute it starts to be, hopefully within a year or two, he should be in there. And with any luke then we actually will have an Alec Stewart for the next 15 years.
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Well it's fairly transparent - Ambrose replaces Prior, Mustard is only ever in the Test squad because he's already been there for ODIs.
Well guys... the next bombshell is, yes, Andrew Flintoff is to join the party... as a specialist batsman.
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