"If that Swann lad is the future of spin bowling in this country, then we're ****ed." - Nasser Hussain, 1997.
I definitely disagree that he's good enough to be a wicket-keeper at this level.
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However, in the context of Jager's team he seems to fit very well.
Len Hutton - Jack Hobbs - Ted Dexter - Peter May - Walter Hammond - Frank Woolley - Ian Botham - Alan Knott - Hedley Verity - John Snow - Fred Trueman
Victor Trumper - Bill Lawry - Don Bradman - Greg Chappell - Allan Border - Keith Miller - Adam Gilchrist - Alan Davidson - Shane Warne - Dennis Lillee - Glenn McGrath
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
Yeah watson Jardine fits more into Jager's team
I knew Wilfred Rhodes made some contribution opening the innings but just found out he surpassed the expectations. Wilfred Rhodes made 5 half centuries and 2 centuries opening the innings. His two centuries- 179 against Australia and 152 against South Africa
Trouble is, if you play Wilfred as an opener then you lose a spinner because he hardly ever bowled when he partnered Jack Hobbs.
I even think that No.8 or 9 is probably too high in the order. All his genius resides in his bowling skills prior to WWI. Back then, he was only vaguely competent with the bat. But what a bowler!
Just checked and he only opened and kept in the same innings 11 times out of 235, ftr.
Couple of strategies from here for Jager, IMO:
- Find another spinner, use Rhodes as part-time, and open the innings with Rhodes. Move Stewart to 7 and drop Jardine, or weakest middle order.
- Find an opener, keep Rhodes where he is as a bowler, drop Stewart to 7 and drop Jardine, or weakest middle order.
- Keep Stewart opening, recruit another WK to play instead of Jardine, or weakest middle order.
- Drop someone, and replace them with a keeper that kept and opened together.
- Swap the batting positions of Stewart and Jardine.
Last edited by Eds; 17-07-2012 at 07:42 AM.
or I could just choose an opener next round and move him to 7
(and pick two other players that give me maximum versatility)
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