three highest scores in the format have all been quality death batting. After the end of the Champions Trophy he was averaging 50 and striking in the high 80's. You won't agree of course, but I'd say he's a more similar limited overs batsman to Morgan than Cook or Bell.
With that in mind, we really don't need more lower order hitting with Jos, Morgan and Ravi below him, even though I agree Samit was unlucky initially.
I don't really see how Ravi is a hitter either, think he's another consolidator. Which is why I'd slot him in between Morgan and Samit.
Ravi showed he had the ability to be a decent hitter in the lower order during the CT (28 runs in the last over and all that). Maybe it's too early to say, but I'd like to think he's turned a corner from the guy who used to plod along with a strike rate lower than any of the maligned above him...
I still don't really rate Ravi as someone who can build a proper innings consistently enough at international level to bat above six. He makes my side because he can bowl and because he can finish off an innings.
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Yeah the point is that it is a slap in the face to other England players who I am sure don't like doing the physical work and dieting, but do so because they are told to. Then you pick Samit who looks pregnant .
Yeah, around the time the management were admitting to leaving Samit out for fitness issues, there were plenty of other blokes who were clearly miles away from proper athletes, but became integral members of the side because they were willing to work their socks off to at least be at a serviceable level. Tim Bresnan and Michael Yardy are probably the obvious examples.
Gareth Cross has been released by Lancs with Jos Buttler meant to be in talks with Lancs.
Somerset should get rid of CK and do everything to keep Jos. Too good to lose.
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