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For the love of ****ing god. **** off Bopara.
Also rather forgetting Bres bowled well today, had proper pace, and was reversing it, best economy-rate in a high-scoring match too.Tredwell's kind of put a spanner in the works today. He probably deserves to be in the side on Saturday due to his performances over the last year and a bit, but can we afford to go in with two similar off spinners in a world of two new balls? And if he came in then Bresnan would probably be the seamer to miss out, which would leave Broad at 7 and Swann at 8! Both probably two places too high. If he were to come in for Bresnan than Ravi would probably have to play as the 5th bowler, which would mean that we'd essentially have three middle overs specialists and only two front line seamers.
Therefore, it's probably impossible for Tredwell to come into the side, which is a tad harsh given his efforts for England lately, but I just think it would screw with the balance too much were he to play.
AWTAYea Broad would be the one who *should* go. Finn, Anderson, Bresnan, Swann and Tredwell as the bowling attack.
If ever there's a time to play two off-spinners it is against Australia. I don't think England have enough control when they pick their 4 seamers. If a team gets going then there is Swann to slow the pace, make the batsmen work for runs - he can't bowl at both ends.
Without opening that, I'll bet that's an overly wordy article which could easily be replaced by the word 'no'.