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    Would you pick Stuart Broad as a bowler alone?

    Say he is ok to bowl going into the 5th test but for whatever reason (the mask doesn't fit/obscures his view) he can't bat. Do you pick him as a bowler alone and go with 10 batsmen when you consider the makeup of the England side and lack of other wicket takers?

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    Yes. He's had one innings of any significance in ages so it's not as if he's been playing as anything other than a bowler.
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    Definitely if he can bowl without issues.
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    I'd be tempted to bat him at 11 and if we have enough runs to declare before he bats so yes I would.

    Only if they are not going to risk him long term and he isn't in trouble in his run up wearing the mask.


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    It's the deciding Test of a significant series. Short of a live Ashes Test there aren't many more situations where you would be more inclined to take a risk on one of your two world-class bowlers, especially given the standard of the rest.

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    What the **** kind of question is this?
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    Nope, he shouldn't play with his condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    What the **** kind of question is this?
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    Nah, would leave him out. He had his annual mercurial performance in the last test.

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    Who the hell wouldn't pick him?
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    I guess people are missing the question. If I've understood it correctly, he's basically asking if Broad should play if he can't bat, meaning we would finish both innings 9 down
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Who the hell wouldn't pick him?
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    It has to be said I would play him, but if I was the opposing captain I'd bounce the living crap out of him if and when he came into bat.
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    No, i wouldn't play him if he can't bat. Even if he's not the best batsman, late innings partnership runs have the same value as top order runs.

    Moreover, he's likely to be a liability in the field, and there's no guarantee he can bowl well with a face mask on.

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    Only reason I wouldn't play him is if his bowling with the mask is ****, or if his playing risks injuring him further. Not that crucial a Test, India are shattered already and Finn/Plunkett/Stokes would do fine as a replacement. No point injuring him further or carrying a passenger for a morale boost, England dont need it.

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