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Much as I would love him at Lancs I can't see it. We never sign any big names that are actually good.
Wouldn't put it past him signing for Warwickshire actually,there's the Gilo connection and they seem to have struggled a bit for middle order batsmen this year so could play Ambrose as a batsmen
Was slightly bittersweet the hattrick. Brought Moeen in as captain to one of my fantasy cricket teams and transferred Fuller out, both this week.
On the subject of decent young bowlers Craig Miles is a decent prospect. Only 18 but has 33 wickets @ 24 this season. Take a look at the ECB highlights of the Glos games this season. Tall but bowls at a decent pace, swings the ball and has taken wickets this season for Glos when others haven't been. Still erratic and a long way from being seriously mentioned but not a complete non hoper like someone of the people Glos and Worcs bring out.
good that Mills and Craddock got games today after their england salvos.
Miles Hammond, the 17-year-old offie, is an Oxfordshire product. Can bat as well, but obviously there's a chasm between batting 3 in minor county age group cricket and the first class game. Couple of years too old to have been coached by me at any stage, though.
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Well this is going well, what a season this is turning into.
An interesting partnership there, very subdued fist-bumps.
Arafat not the sharpest tool in the shed then.
Just read about the possible departure from Somerset of Jos Buttler. As has been said it was always inevitable that one of these two - Kieswetter or Buttler - would ultimately have to move on as both seem keen and determined to continue improving their wicket-keeping and become the main keeper-batsman at a County even if that means a move away from Taunton. While there was a slight exaggeration from Dave Nosworthy who compared this situation to that of having Gilchrist and Boucher in the same squad, you got the picture in so much as Somerset have had a very difficult decision in deciding which one of these two would get the nod more frequently. I thought Buttler would keep permanently in the shorter formats, but if he hasn't performed then Somerset are obliged to switch to Kieswetter. They are both players deserving of regular first team cricket, and if they are both pursuing the dream of wearing the gloves, one of them had to move. I'm slightly surprised that it's Buttler that's likely to be moving.
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Well they promised Buttler would get the gloves for all the limited overs stuff, but they went back to Kiesy for this game. I'm guessing the fact that they went back on their words is the reason that article appeared on Cricinfo. Somerset have come out and said that it's not true (although I guess they would for now) so at the moment it's still just rumours.
Like I said, I still think Kies is the better gloveman, and Somerset clearly agree, at least to an extent, which is why he's still the predominant wicketkeeper. I mean, it's not like CK isn't worth his salt as a specialist batsman, so there's no major reason for them to stick with him if they thought Jos was superior.
Edit: My point in the first sentence being that they must've been unimpressed by Buttler so far in the T20's to go back to Craig.
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I'm not personally suggesting he hasn't performed but that is the only reason you would take the gloves off him especially in a format where he is considered the most appropriate candidate for the national side. If he has done a decent job then I think he has a right to feel more than a tad aggrieved. I am a fan of having the best gloveman in the squad as your wicket-keeper regardless of strengths elsewhere. I always felt James Foster was very unfairly dropped from the England T20 side because of his batting, when that is pretty decent but his keeping is worth a heck of a lot to a side in 20 overs.
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