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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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).
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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