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Where’s Imam Ul Haq? Presume he’s injured as his output has been fine. Bloke’s a quality player
Not by me. Got 2 hundreds already and takes more chances than Buttler or Bairstow. Has to stay in really and I know he may struggle in ashes but he won't drop chances which may make a difference.Foakes batting is massively underrated in my view.
He averages 31 with the bat, the same as Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope and more than Zak Crawley.
His keeping is top notch and he's a typical keeper batsman - always busy at the crease and often gets runs when they're really needed.
It's going to be the toughest call that I've seen once Bairstow is fit again, unless Brook has a mare in NZ. Perhaps leaving our one of Bell, Thorpe and KP for the 2005 Ashes was the other tough call, and they didn't get that one right. But Brook's three hundreds in Pakistan >>>> Bell filling his boots at home to Bangladesh.Glad to see Foakes get runs. It's a healthy conundrum for England to have with their top order after years of Root + nothing.
Which AhmedMust say, my impression of Ahmed's bowling from the highlights (not the best source I know) is that he looks quite suited to limited overs but less so tests. He turns his googly a lot, his leg break not so much, is not particularly accurate, and bowls a rather flat blah trajectory.
For me, when Foakes is doing well, he was developed by Essex. When he's doing poorly, he was matured by Surrey.Secondly, Foakes' batting is still criminally under-rated by some people; averaged 40 in the six home tests that he played this year, before an absolutely priceless knock today.
There’s a fundamental difference between little FC experience and little *recent* FC experience. Only one is a known and fully developed option. Talk of pigeon holing Ahmed now is to ignore the massive capacity for improvement. The problem will be managing how that happens, given the differing versions of the game will pull that development in multiple directions (including the possibility that improving his batting could take priority over his bowling - wouldn’t be the first English legspinner to end up going down that route)..If England were going to pick a spinner with little recent FC experience they should have just roped in Adil Rashid