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    Richard Johnson

    Oh how I hate him being injuried as much as he has, as he has picked up 9 wickets in the Test win over Bangladesh.

    At least the good thing he has never failed when called up and picked.

    IMO he should of played before he did.
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    Johnson's career record is very good.

    It is hard to judge, however, what he is like as an international bowler - he's not had the best of opposition.

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    Johnson is doing all he can to stay in the side with two 5 wicket hauls & a 4 wicket haul..but considering the opposition he's bowling to, nobody is probably taking much notice.

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    I have always rated him and you can ask Richard as I used to call for his selection on the Cricinfo forums and I hope he does well in Sri Lanaka (assuming he goes).


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    Originally posted by Craig
    I hope he does well in Sri Lanaka (assuming he goes).
    Surely the English selectors aren't that cruel that they would drop him after a nine-wicket haul...
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    Originally posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
    Surely the English selectors aren't that cruel that they would drop him after a nine-wicket haul...
    Be a hell of a test career.
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    Re: Richard Johnson

    Originally posted by Craig
    At least the good thing he has never failed when called up and picked.
    But for a couple of inopportune injuries, he could easily have played 50+ Tests by now - but until he actaully has a challenge we cannot read much into his performances.

    As he said, he's not even contracted to tour SL - and with the other returnees, will he go?
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    How can they possibly pick Anderson ahead of him now? How?
    Simple - because Anderson is the golden boy.
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    Originally posted by Richard
    How can they possibly pick Anderson ahead of him now? How?
    Simple - because Anderson is the golden boy.
    For 'golden boy' read 'golden touch'

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    I reckon they should leave Anderson back in Lancashire and let him rest and let Johnson have a proper chance. Anderson could use the break.

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    Really, though, Anderson's going to have had a 2-month break from all cricket by the time the First-Class programme in Sri Lanka starts. If he's not rested enough by then, he never will be.
    Anyway, a tour of Sri Lanka is probably going to be of more detriment to them than good. Neither can bowl reverse-swing or cut, and Anderson especially is usually very wayward. These combos are a recipe for disaster in Sri Lanka.
    Maybe Johnson would be better being "dropped" and waiting until next summer, when once again I hope for proper English conditions. If we get them, he'll be able to exploit them, and hopefully by then his Somerset opening partner will be back, too.
    Mind you, if anyone (and this includes Anderson, Harmison, Hoggard and Flintoff with the bat) fails in Sri Lanka, he'll probably be first in-line for West Indies and that's not a great move for a seamer's career either...

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    Of the CURRANT bowlers in the squad going to Sri Lanka, how do you expect to be England's best bowler or have success in the conditions?

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    I would have said Giles, but after Bangladesh...
    Bearing in mind I don't think averaging 40 is any real better than averaging 50, I'd say I'd expect all the bowlers in the original squad, and even Saggers and Johnson, to fail badly in the Sri Lanka Tests were they to play.

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    I would think White would of done well in Sri Lanka, if he was fit enough and was a few years younger, would you agree?

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    Originally posted by Richard
    Maybe Johnson would be better being "dropped" and waiting until next summer, when once again I hope for proper English conditions. If we get them, he'll be able to exploit them, and hopefully by then his Somerset opening partner will be back, too.
    Can you really see Caddick making his way back into the International reckoning?

    If so, ahead of who?

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