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    England Central Contracts Announced

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    Ian ****ing Bell? What has that shower of piss done to warrant a central contract?
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    Yeah, other than that it's a reasonable bunch, not sure Sidey should have one either as much as I love the guy. Better than last year though where Vaughan and I think Harmison were given them.

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    Bell's is a ****ing joke. He's not even in the ODI team currently. Sid & Onions somewhat spawny too, IMHO.

    Admirable ruthlessness with Panesar tho, it must be said. Central contract to nowt.
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    Onions is fair enough; central contracts are always given to Test regulars and that's obviously what they see him as.

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    Bell getting a central ahead of Trott just stinks of favouritism. Trott's surely much less likely to drop out of the test side in the next year, and surely far more likely to take a place in the ODI side.
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    Surprised Flintoff only got a incremental contract. I know that he's quit test cricket, but he's the best English cricketer in the team. Also Bell & Sidebottom didn't really deserve full contracts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Ian ****ing Bell? What has that shower of piss done to warrant a central contract?
    My thoughts exactly. Sounds harsh, but I wish he was injured for a year so that the selectors would be forced to abandon their collective love child.

    Although playing for Warwickshire currently seems to be a good enough qualification for the England squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Surprised Flintoff only got a incremental contract. I know that he's quit test cricket, but he's the best English cricketer in the team.
    He also admitted in an interview recently that he might never play again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penguinissimo View Post
    My thoughts exactly. Sounds harsh, but I wish he was injured for a year so that the selectors would be forced to abandon their collective love child.

    Although playing for Warwickshire currently seems to be a good enough qualification for the England squad.
    Jeez, he's not that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    Jeez, he's not that bad.
    Am I going to beat Scaly to this?

    No, seriously, he is. He has had about five years to prove himself, and actually seems to be getting worse. The 2009 Ashes version of Bell has managed to add "horrific weakness against short-pitched bowling" to his previous list of flaws (such as "crumbles under pressure" and "incapable of transforming pretty-looking starts into substantial innings").

    Good short leg fielder, though - maybe that's why they pick him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Onions is fair enough; central contracts are always given to Test regulars and that's obviously what they see him as.
    Yeah, fair call, actually. Was imagining they're designed for those who're regulars in both forms, but Mick & Harmy both got them after they'd given ODIs away.

    Just hope we don't feel compelled to play Onions in limited overs now. Sadly his presence in the CT squad seems to suggest we might.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penguinissimo View Post
    Am I going to beat Scaly to this?

    No, seriously, he is. He has had about five years to prove himself, and actually seems to be getting worse. The 2009 Ashes version of Bell has managed to add "horrific weakness against short-pitched bowling" to his previous list of flaws (such as "crumbles under pressure" and "incapable of transforming pretty-looking starts into substantial innings").

    Good short leg fielder, though - maybe that's why they pick him.
    Massive, massive lbw candidate now too. He's found a whole host of technical issues to go with his famous mental ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Massive, massive lbw candidate now too. He's found a whole host of technical issues to go with his famous mental ones.
    Quite. But by giving him a central contract when he doesn't feature for either limited overs team, the selectors have basically guaranteed him a spot in the team - probably at Colly's expense in SA, although I'd rather have Colly than Bell any day of the week.

    Steyn, Ntini and co are going to rip him apart. In fact, maybe that's the next best thing that can happen (other than him getting injured for a year) - give him 4 tests in SA and let him be so bad that they are compelled to drop him for at least three years (rather than until he next scores a ton for Warks).

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    Given his struggles with Midge Johnson I'd be more concerned about the yet-to-debut Wayne Parnell. Will be absolutely all over his pads.

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