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*Official* 3rd Test at Edgbaston

GIMH

Norwood's on Fire
Let's move on. We need to make changes. In an ideal world you'd have three top class bats ready to fill the gaping holes.

As it stands, Bell clings on purely because the other two guys scoring nothing don't have the credit in the bank he does

who to drop? Lyth, Ballance, both?
 

Pothas

Hall of Fame Member
Would be nice to have a close match this time. (I don't actually mean this at all)
 

Riggins

International Captain
Lyth has to go before Ballance I think. I know you don't want to move Root and maybe lose your one strength but Stokes-Buttler-Ali 6-8 are just too low imo.
 

flibbertyjibber

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Well the options are Bairstow in for Ballance, god knows who in for Lyth or we go funky and play Rashid and move the batting order up one and Rashid bats at 8. Not sure what i'd do.

Maybe have to think about Wood too as he can't play back to back games yet without looking a lot less effective in the 2nd game so which ground of Edgbaston or Trent Bridge is he best suited to?
 

Pothas

Hall of Fame Member
Lyth has to go before Ballance I think. I know you don't want to move Root and maybe lose your one strength but Stokes-Buttler-Ali 6-8 are just too low imo.
Nah 6-8 is a strength, moving them up makes no positive difference unless you have a good spinner to bring in which England don't.

I know our bowling failed this test but I still really like this side from Root downwards. Ballance probably has to go, he probably still has the best future of the 3 but you can't really pick hm right now. I would leave Lyth for the moment. Dunno about Bell.
 

grecian

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
You had a chance to say Hildreth here. Would rather him than Taylor tbh.
Honestly had Hildreth written in at first, but deleted it, as I thought people would laugh at me.

Yet he is in decent form....
 

Pothas

Hall of Fame Member
Honestly had Hildreth written in at first, but deleted it, as I thought people would laugh at me.

Yet he is in decent form....
Better form than Taylor.

Said it in the tour thread, lets be stupid and go with Leaning and Hain.

Agree on Bairstow, everything about him is telling me that we should not pick him but you can't really ignore the runs.
 

flibbertyjibber

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Bairstow with 5 tons in 7 championship matches this season simply has to come in. I think we are all of the same mind that he wouldn't be our first choice given his technique and past record but sheer weight of runs means he deserves the chance.

Given KP is currently not playing anything but hit and giggle how could you consider him?

Certain we won't make wholesale changes, just be Bairstow for Ballance with Root and Bell moving up a place in the order. Maybe Foottit to get a serious look at given he is different to what we have, not sure about him either though.
 

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