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    Yeah it's all very well to try this for the CT in India, but is it going to be any good for them in the West Indies? it's really only a short term option if you ask me. If it doesn't come off, they will have wasted at least 3 ODI's when a specialist opener could have been getting match time.

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    To be fair, the role being looked at is more likely the one Trescothick will be playing in the World Cup IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    To be fair, the role being looked at is more likely the one Trescothick will be playing in the World Cup IMO.
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    I actually think that this problem is only India-specific to be honest - I don't know what it came from, but it's the only time he's appeared to be weak mentally.


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    i think the opening pair of england is very good for now. but if they wana change it then they should send pietersen and Trescothick. they would be a good pair spacially in indian pitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haroon510
    i think the opening pair of england is very good for now. but if they wana change it then they should send pietersen and Trescothick. they would be a good pair spacially in indian pitches.

    i agree with you....they are a lethal pair; but on the other hand flintoff may not be too bad either. The main question is; who is more likely to exposed with the new ball. The palyer that can handle it best, should open in the champions trophy! Don't u agree?

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    England played a warm-up game today and opened with Bell and Strauss - if that's any guide. Flintoff and KP were 3 and 4. I'd have Flintoff to open with Strauss, KP at 3 and Bell at 4 as an insurance policy against early wickets. Either Fletcher disagrees or he picked this order to try and fool us (Remember last year he had G Jones open in the 20-20 but when the ODIs started he went with Trescothick and Strauss)
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    This is silly really. I'm sure Pietersen and Flintoff would make good OD openers in India, but you can't exactly clone them and still leave them in the middle order - and they'd be more valuable there.

    Strauss and Bell should open the batting. Or rather, Cook should actually be in the squad... but thats another story!
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    I cant see the point of having KP opening the batting when he is clearly a middle order batsman and should be batting at 5. For mine, it should be:
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    Once trescothick comes back id replace him for Collingwood, and have Bell move to 3 and Flintoff to 4.
    I think Flintoff is clearly a much better player when he has his eye in than when he has to come in at 5 or 6 and score quickly so he should at least be batting ahead of Pietersen. As such i dont think hed be too bad at 3.
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    It's a tough one.

    I think i'd probably open with Strauss and Bell so we can save KP and Fred till later on, Mainly so i don't get bored watching if We open with Fred and he gets out first ball, even if he gets out first ball at 5/6, at least i had the anticipation of watching him bat.

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    Flintoff, or at least to come in at no.3, wouldnt want either opening
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    Strauss and Bell should definately open the batting, with Flintoff coming in at 3 and Pietersen and Collingwood at 4 and 5. That would be what I would do anyway. When Trescothick comes back he would open and Bell would drop down to three with everybody else dropping down one aswell.
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    Bell opened. Out for 4. Flintoff at 3 out for a duck. Pietersen coming in during the 8th over currently 27*. Winning the battle IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    Bell opened. Out for 4. Flintoff at 3 out for a duck. Pietersen coming in during the 8th over currently 27*. Winning the battle IMO.
    Have you just seen the shot he played? Never an opener for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Have you just seen the shot he played? Never an opener for me.
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