Moeen at 4 and no Cook is quite astonishingly stupid. You said we should go back to basics and then proceed to pick a load of all rounders and a keeper not keeping.Hameed
Ali needs to get some nets against the short stuff.
Everybody agrees that his main weakness is that he's a bit suspect against pace, so batting him at 3 protects him a little against the new ball vs Saffers and Australia, and also (hopefully) sets up our opening partnership for the next 10/15 years.Cook at 3? Either you drop him or play him as an opener.
Rashid deserves a shot at being our frontline spinner in home conditions, as it's obvious that Moeen isn't improving with the ball, so now's the time to try him primarily as a bat, and he deserves it having scored 1078 runs @ 46.86 4 tons 5 50's. If Rashid fails as a spin option over the summer we can then move on and try other people as our mainline spinner, it's obvious after 3 years Moeen isn't going to cut it.lol. You still pick both Moeen and Rashid after this. You still pick Moeen at 5. lol. People complain about the selectors and then most of the English fans seem to be in agreement to bat Moeen at 4 or 5, and to play two spinners in England???
Bairstow showed his best stuff at 7, and keeping and batting top 5, let alone 6 is excruciatingly difficult, especially with the frailty of the top order. If Bairstow bats top 6 he should be as a pure bat, not a keeper, that means bringing in Buttler, but he's not any better than our bats and Moeen shouldn't be used as frontline spinner moving forwards, ie no room in the team for him.No way imo.
Moeen at 6 is fine. Bairstow at 5.
Moeen has had a better year than Stokes, especially in England, so this statement is false, and I really don't like have keeper any higher that 6, and really should bat 7, and 6 is already taken by Stokes, it would be a mistake to move Stokes from 6. Moeen is likely to bowl less than Stokes, and as a spinner bowling is less intense for him, so keep Stokes 6 as protection against injury (which he's struggled with) and no.5 is too high for Bairstow.Stokes and Bairstow are both better allround bats than Moeen, especially in England and Australia. They should both bat higher than him.
If the BCCI has any sense they'll try and get the likes of Shami and Umesh a county gig next season.Bench strength is impressive with the batting. Jayant Yadav adds a much needed depth to the bowling and all-rounder department. Pace bowlers are coming up, with Shami looking set to become a potent force.
Lots of positives.
Cook, Hameed or Jennings as a three is equally absurd. Either you go with your new openers or Cook and Hameed/Jennings. Either way, I wouldn't shoe one of them in as a number three as they're all outright lacquer-off-ball openers.Moeen at 4 and no Cook is quite astonishingly stupid. You said we should go back to basics and then proceed to pick a load of all rounders and a keeper not keeping.
Began the post match interview with "You have to say the better team won" and thrust the mic in Cook's face.Highlights? Who won the "Most positive and healthy individual on field" award
I suspect that the guy who posted a team without Cook in the side at all just made a typo rather than seriously suggesting he shouldn't play.Are people really suggesting Cook should drop down to no.3 or be removed from the team? And I thought Indians tend to give the most knee jerk reactions.
It would be stupid. Cook is an opening batsman. The major flaw is his discipline outside off (however, it takes a very disciplined bowler to exploit it) and his flick in the leg slip region against spin.Are people really suggesting Cook should drop down to no.3 or be removed from the team? And I thought Indians tend to give the most knee jerk reactions.