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    SL's batting is not too hot either these days. The Sanga-Mahela-Samaraweera-Dilshan days are long gone. I think England's chances would be better on flatter pitches.
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    Judging from the squad picked I would play the following;

    Burns
    Denly
    Moeen
    Root
    Bairstow
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Curran
    Rashid
    Leach
    Anderson

    But I think this will be the team;

    Denly
    Jennings
    Moeen
    Root
    Bairstow
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Curran/Woakes
    Rashid
    Broad
    Anderson

    I really don't know who they'll go with out of Curran and Woakes tbh.

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    I hate Moeen at 3 so much but it's pretty hard to fit anyone else there considering how Root is allergic to it.


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    Pretty content with the squad to be honest. Ultimately any squad we take is gonna seem quite weak and undercooked and I don't think there's anyone left behind who will have a more likely chance of forcing a result in our favour this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundking View Post
    Judging from the squad picked I would play the following;

    Burns
    Denly
    Moeen
    Root
    Bairstow
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Curran
    Rashid
    Leach
    Anderson

    But I think this will be the team;

    Denly
    Jennings
    Moeen
    Root
    Bairstow
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Curran/Woakes
    Rashid
    Broad
    Anderson

    I really don't know who they'll go with out of Curran and Woakes tbh.
    If England don't pick Burns I'll never watch them (or comment on them) ever again until they do so. They can **** off for a fair bit if they pick Jennings over Burns.
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    Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

    My team from this squad:

    1. Burns
    2. Denly
    3. Moeen Ali
    4. Root
    5. Pope
    6. Stokes
    7. Buttler (wk)
    8. Curran
    9. Rashid
    10. Leach
    11. Anderson

    sub. Woakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    I hate Moeen at 3 so much but it's pretty hard to fit anyone else there considering how Root is allergic to it.
    Yes my concern is mainly on Moeen's bowling. They need him to concentrate on it. It's going to be tough physically bowling 40 overs and then going in at 3. It's obviously not a long term plan either because Moeen won't stay at 3.

    I think I'd prefer Buttler to open or bat 3 tbh and just play properly with Moeen down somewhere in the middle order. (This too isn't a long term option).

    Buttler is suspect against the moving ball but it's SL- he isn't going to face much pace. If he's going to play he needs to take on some more responsibility. You can't have him batting 7 after Bairstow, Stokes and Ali have batted all of whom are going to have big jobs in the field in potentially tough conditions. Opening or batting 3 Buttler actually might crack the art of batting a long time - if he does he may find himself batting 5 in the English summer (which is better for the team rather than having a batsman at 7.).



    Burns, Buttler, Denly, Root, Ali, Stokes, Bairstow, Curran, Rashid, Leach, Anderson
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    Burns
    Denly
    Moeen
    Root
    Bairstow
    Pope
    Stokes
    Buttler (wk)
    Curran
    Leach
    Anderson

    Mo & Leach plus 3 seamers and a bit of Denly's apparently much improved leg spin should suffice. Stack it with 'batting' would be the way I'd go & if Jennings plays over Burns he's definitely got pictures of Ed Smith in an extremely awkward situation.
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    Happy enough with the squad, must admit not seen Stone bar a List A game so no idea if he is any good. Think Denly is a poor choice but then again our batting resources look weak. With Cook gone it would be ridiculous to not pick Burns though I think most people expect that quirky technique to be found out. We have many combinations in that squad and 3 spinners is not impossible seeing as Moeen will bat 3 and Rashid just about counts as an all rounder and played spin quite well down the order in previous tours.

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    they should not play Andesron and Broad together at all in this series.

    If they pick one of them the other pacer should be Olly Stone or Sam Curran at least.

    They would require someone to force the pace like Stone if he's fast enough, or some variety in the case of Curran.

    Rashid, Leach should play everfy match.

    Sr i Lanka's middle order is dominated by right handers, and they don't play the ball spinning away from them well..
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    Quote Originally Posted by randycricfreak View Post
    they should not play Andesron and Broad together at all in this series.

    If they pick one of them the other pacer should be Olly Stone or Sam Curran at least.

    They would require someone to force the pace like Stone if he's fast enough, or some variety in the case of Curran.

    Rashid, Leach should play everfy match.

    Sr i Lanka's middle order is dominated by right handers, and they don't play the ball spinning away from them well..
    Any bold predictions you'd like to make this time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Essexboi View Post
    Burns
    Denly
    Moeen
    Root
    Pope
    Bairstow
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Curran
    Leach
    Anderson

    Mo & Leach plus 3 seamers and a bit of Denly's apparently much improved leg spin should suffice. Stack it with 'batting' would be the way I'd go & if Jennings plays over Burns he's definitely got pictures of Ed Smith in an extremely awkward situation.
    You have a specialist bat at 8? Or is Buttler keeping?

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    Burns will have to be Len Hutton here, to not disappoint expectations.
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    Given that Sir Len got 0 and 1 on Test debut I wouldn't rule it out
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