Conversely, one reckons Bairstow has blown his chance to impress. Has to be below the likes of Taylor, Robson, Chopra and Woakes now.
Yeah which is probably no bad thing, nothing against the guy but he is not very good is he.
I find it weird given how short a chance they gave the likes of Compton, Taylor and Woakes, that he's constantly been in the mix for the last two years. He's had what, one good game in that time?
Played one ok innings against NZ didn't he? But yeah they obviously really like him and it is hard to see why given his glaring technical issue. I did (wrongly) want him over Compton for the start of the ashes but that was more because I was getting unreasonably excited about Joe Root. When we were pleased with him making 20 odd in the ashes I think it was quite obvious that he was not good enough.
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Does anyone know if KP is going to play Championship games for Surrey next year? That could be some FC team Surrey put out in division two next year!
Some great coverage by Surrey on their twitter for their pre-season tour to Cape Town. https://twitter.com/surreycricket
Playing a WP XI today at Newlands. Rory Burns with a hundred.
Scorecard before he got to it. https://twitter.com/surreycricket/st...630785/photo/1
Yorkshire look to have a gun XI this year (in a world of hypothetical availability):
5. Bairstow +
Which still leaves Lyth, Rafiq and Patterson on the sidelines.
(Porterfield, Troughton, Rankin)
As we're looking at possible XI's for the upcoming season, I think Middlesex look like they could be strong contenders if everything falls into place for them. Side looks pretty good to me -
1. Rogers (if he returns)
Not including Malan, Stirling, Harris (very unlucky to miss out but will figure in plenty of games) and a couple of promising youngsters such as Helm, Rossington, Patel, etc.. Another quality signing or two will really strengthen their position but more important will be improved seasons for Malan and Denly and if Robson, Finn, and Morgan can manage near full seasons they will be contenders for me.
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Somerset look strong with the bat on paper, not sure they quite have enough punch with the ball.
Marcus Trescothick cannot have another below-par season such as the one he endured in 2013, and James Hildreth is also capable of so much more. Without the ability of getting big runs on the board wins at Taunton are pretty tough and I'm not sure they quite carry enough potency with the ball just yet, but the batting looks strong should the majority of them play to potential.
5. Barrow / Jones
10. J Overton
Not including Kirby, and a whole host of promising youngsters such as Dibble, Gregory, Leach, C Overton, Waller,etc. Somerset look more than capable of keeping most county sides in the field for some time with the right application. Just think a serious title challenge may elude them for now while the development of a number of players continues, but an improvement on last season's placing in the CC is a minimum expectancy.
Middlesex certainly have the bowling. But batting has been very average for a year or two. Probably the strongest group of bowlers and for that reason they should certainly challenge.
Looking forward to the potential Somerset lower middle order of C Overton, Meschede, Gregory, J Overton forming over the next few years. Don't think the batting has enough depth and the bowlers are either not quite experienced enough or past their peak to sutain a challenge this year.
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