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Recent content by tooextracool

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    What is the best way to judge ATGs with imbalanced careers?

    Interesting question. Would you have judged Ponting's career any differently had he chosen to retire at the end of the Ashes series in 2006/07? At that point, he would have played 100+ tests and averaged in the high 50s. In my opinion, we (as armchair experts) don't assign enough weight to...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    For someone who generally struggles with deliveries on 4th stump line, Pope is an odd choice at 3. Nonetheless, I'd rather him in the side than Malan, Vince et al. Let's see what Baz can do with him, there is certainly a test cricketer somewhere in there
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    Brendon McCullum announced as England's test coach

    Seems like you are largely missing the point of the post which was addressing the fact that KP had not made any allegations against the other two referenced characters, not which of the 3 I'd like to have lunch with. Needless to say, good cricketers are invariably not easy characters to manage...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    Lees (also see C Overton) is the sort of problem you get when you pick players with a very low ceiling
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    Andrew Symonds dies in car accident

    Not very good at tributes, but these recent tragedies are a little hard to swallow. In my mind, Symonds was the most versatile and easily the best fielder in the history of the game. He added value literally anywhere on the ground.
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    Brendon McCullum announced as England's test coach

    I do remember Pietersen accusing both Broad and Anderson (among others) of fostering an environment were bullying was normal, often going off on players for dropping catches off their bowling to the point where players were genuinely afraid of having the ball come in their direction. Broad has...
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    Brendon McCullum announced as England's test coach

    The real question is whether team culture and lack of aggression are really what has been holding us back recently and, if so, whether Stokes appointment as captain does not already address those concerns? I’d like to give McCullum the benefit of the doubt because all I’ve seen from him in...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    Definitely some technical failings against spin - hard hands, not a wide range of strokes (over reliance on the slog sweep), use of the crease etc. Good spinners will always have the advantage, in fact, not so good off spinners like Dilruwan Perera have created plenty of problems over the years
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    Never felt that Stokes was a good enough bat deliver at 5 consistently. I've felt the same way about Bairstow as well and I think the two of them at 6/7 against wearing attacks is ideal but unfortunately with our brittle top order they are often in during the first or second session of the game...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    This talk about Anderson and Broad’s away record is sort of irrelevant given that they are now in the frame for the home summer. Listening to what Bob Key has said so far is a breath of fresh air, yet it’s hard to believe we ever needed to have this conversation. The next time England tour...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    Not sure why Matt Fisher has a bad rep on this board - I thought he had a decent outing for a debutant bowling on a road though i do agree that he needs a bit more time to develop before playing more test cricket. Seems to have a repeatable action that should allow him to generate some natural...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    Provided Stokes was truly up for it, I don't see how anyone can say that it was the wrong choice. No one else in English cricket has the respect of the players more than Stokes. If anything, I expect his bowling workload to be better managed now that he is in control than if we bring someone...
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    England players and selection discussion thread

    I actually just don't see how Leach does enough in the air to be a threat in most places/conditions in world cricket. Even on turning pitches, good players will be able to score runs off him as we saw in India because there is little guile in his bowling. I think he might serve better as a...
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    Joe Root resigns as captain

    My personal view is that Foakes may actually be the best choice in the near term, you can at least be confident that you'll get a reliable keeper and at worst a capable but underperforming batsman. The issue with Broad is that his selection complicates Anderson's return to the team, I think the...
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    Joe Root resigns as captain

    I don't see how Root can be responsible for his batters' limitations - maybe you could argue from a selection POV but even that is really more down to the coach (or when they had one, the chief selector). As a captain, the biggest responsibility involves how you marshal your team on the field...

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