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We'll hopefully see, from the squad
1. L Ronchi
2. M Guptill
3. K Williamson
4. R Taylor
5. G Elliott
6. B McCullum*+
7. D Vettori
8. N McCullum
9. K Mills
10. T Southee
11. M McClenaghan
but I can see Mitch missing out to Ellis or Franko...
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Not the worst squads but I agree with the general murmur here:
1. Why Andy Ellis?
2. Why not Matt Henry?
3. Why Ronchi opening?
4. Why Watling dropped from ODI squad?
Ronchi>present day McCullum with gloves.
McCullum>>>>>>>Ronchi as a batsman.
McCullum should be opening, Ronchi would make a good finisher.
Yes fair to say McCullum wubs Mitch.
"I am gutted," admitted Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum. "I think he's been a revelation for his this year.
"He has done an amazing job for us and has really allowed us to attack in areas that we probably haven't had that luxury of in recent times.
"It's incredibly disappointing for him, but at the same time, it now gives him an opportunity to rest himself up and make sure he's fresh for our next assignment."
McCullum hinted Trent Boult might be McClenaghan's replacement.
Elliot is the kind of guy who can be hard to score runs off, but once batters work him out, or dont care about the risk will go for a **** load.
KP ruled out of the series, gonna make our middle-order pretty frail. Worrying for Pietersen too.
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England in mess at No6 but Stokes is future, says Collingwood | Mail Online
I don't disagree with Collingwood that Stokes is the future no.6 and would be ideal for England there if he can get his head screwed on right- and for that mattter england are in a bit of a mess at 6.
Then again saying that Morgan should be batting at 6 is lol bad. Why should he be in the team. He's failed at test level and doesn't play enough 4 day cricket to get back into the team. Last season he averaged less than 20 in the 5 games he played for Middlesex in the CC.
What point Collingwood is indirectly saying with the morgan stuff is that the rest of the number 6's are crap and not ready. This is probably fair. Bairstow, Taylor, Root all have decen potential but none are ready made test players and in an ideal world would still be gaining experience playing in county cricket.
Dobell at cricinfo is a massive fan of Rikki Clarke and no doubt would have Clarke in. Problem being with Clarke that he a) bats at 7 and b) is the fourth seamer and c) is 31.
If Clarke plays you've got 2 no.7's and one of Prior or Clarke will have to bat at 6. Clarke almost certainly isn't a test no.6; Prior could bat there but I'd be worried about losing some of what makes him so good.
Least with Stokes he can comfortably bat at 6 as he's batted in the top 6(normally 4 or 5) his whole career at Durham. He is now also the 3/4th seamer at Durham.
Unfortunately Stokes like Bairstow, Root, Taylor isn't ready for international cricket yet and you've gotta hope that unlike the others he is given a bit more time to develop at first class level. HIm getting send home from the lions tour should actually help in that respect as england will be wary of thrusting him into international recognition too soon.
Be really interesting to see what would happen if Prior went down with an injury before the first test. Would be interesting to see which wicketkeeper they would go with and whether it opens up an opportunity for Stokes, Woakes, Bresnan, or Clarke. Could be a load of possible combinations.
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