Pretty sure he's been taken already.
Pretty sure he's been taken already.
So I've left Howe with a couple of hours to fix his pick up, but I'm grabbing my last 2 players now. Had a shortlist of 6, but hopefully I'm making the right call.
Last pick is a bit tougher, had a shortlist of 4 guys. In the end it's a heart over head pick - going for the guy who I reckon has the higher ceiling despite every statistical measure telling me he's not as good as the other contender.
Gidman provides a solid bowling all-rounder option to fill the void should one of my top quicks go down with injury. He's surplus to requirements in T20, but is a useful List A option.
Ansari is my flexible player to take up the last slot - he can open the batting in FC cricket and blunt the new ball, chip in with handy orthodox spin and play some dashing cameos in T20 cricket. But List A cricket is his specialty, and I reckon he deserves a place in the full-strength XI.
LA XI T20 XI 1. V Chopra 1. V Chopra 1. Z Ansari 2. J Root 2. L Wright 2. L Wright 3. S Croft 3. S Croft 3. S Croft 4. R Bopara 4. J Root 4. J Root 5. S Thakor 5. R Bopara 5. R Bopara 6. L Wright 6. J Buttler + 6. J Buttler + 7. J Buttler + 7. Z Ansari 7. A Mahmood 8. W Beer 8. A Mahmood 8. R Sidebottom 9. R Sidebottom 9. R Sidebottom 9. S Parry 10. G Onions 10. G Onions 10. M Davies 11. M Davies 11. S Parry 11. Azharullah W Gidman M Davies W Beer S Parry S Thakor G Onions Z Ansari W Gidman S Thakor Azharullah Azharullah V Chopra A Mahmood W Beer W Gidman
Flexibility is probably my biggest strength; in the T20 and List A cricket everyone (bar Varun Chopra and Jos Buttler) can bowl some overs. It means, if need be, I can drop one of the bowlers to shore up the batting. Only concern is that the FC and T20 tails are a little long, but Gidman in reserve means that can be fixed easily enough.
Last edited by Dan; 23-08-2013 at 07:45 AM.
Yay a Gloucestershire player selected finally. Rounds and rounds after every other county had been represented.
Surprised it took this long for Gidman to go tbf. Not rating that FC side all too highly it must be said.
Originally Spoken by Brendon McCullum
You have got to earn the right to be aggressive.
Come on people, I mean really? I'll pick Chris Tremlett
I know I haven't exactly been on the Tremlett bandwagon this season, but did you really think I'd pick Anthony Ireland over him?
Someone picked Vince already as well right? I would have been bound to have picked him by now if not.
Anyone who hasn't picked feel free to make your final pick.
We'll start the overseas round tomorrow morning (Monday am British summer time)
Pothas – James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Marcus Trescothick, Neil Mckenzie, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Chris Nash, James Tredwell, Keith Barker, Owais Shah, James Foster, Glen Chapple, Chris Wood, Steven Peters, Tom Smith
Cabinet96 – Kevin Pietersen, Chris Woakes, Nick Compton, Stuart Meaker, Michael Carberry, Danny Briggs, James Hildreth, Tim Ambrose, Liam Dawson, James Harris, Jamie Overton, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Ajmal Shahzad, Anthony Ireland, Michael Bates
91Jmay – Alastair Cook, James Taylor, Sam Robson, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Hogan, Boyd Rankin, Ashwell Prince, Chris Jordan, Luke Wells, David Willey, Steven Crook, Dawid Malan, Azeem Rafiq, Paul Collingwood, David Masters,
Marcuss – Graeme Swann, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Jim Allenby, Jade Dernbach, Steven Davies, Graham Napier, Jimmy Adams, Chris Rushworth, Scott Borthwick, Brendan Nash, Dimi Mascarenhas, Daryl Mitchell, Liam Plunkett, Chris Read
Theegyptian – Jonathan Trott, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Simon Kerrigan, Michael Lumb, Darren Stevens, Alfonso Thomas, Phil Jaques, Chris Wright, Alan Richardson, Wayne Madsen, Reece Topley, Gareth Batty, Phil Mustard, Rory Burns
Andyzaltzhair – Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, Tim Murtagh, Jonny Bairstow, Peter Trego, Alex Hales, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Alex Lees, Michael Yardy, Toby Roland-Jones, Josh Cobb, Joe Denly, George Dockrell, Sean Ervine, Chris Liddle,
Howe_zat – Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Ed Joyce, Jack Brooks, Adil Rashid, Rob Key, Murray Goodwin, Andrew Gale, James Vince, Rikki Clarke, Matt Coles, Paul Stirling, Ned Eckersley, Chesney Hughes
Dan – Joe Root, Graham Onions, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Ryan Sidebottom, Varun Chopra, Luke Wright, Mark Davies, Shiv Thakor, Steven Parry, Azharullah, Will Beer, Azhar Mahmood, Steven Croft, Will Gidman, Zafar Ansari,
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