I must've seen Middlesex about 3 or 4 times this year on telly too. I struggle to believe he missed out every time, so obviously I wasn't unduly impressed with him in the shorter form for him to register.Middlesex and highly rated. Last summer on Sky I watched him bowl against Pakistan for the U-19s and was impressed. He is very, very tall and showed good control and bounce. Didn't see him get much movement, and whilst he was quick he wasn't lightning (bowled around 80-84 mph IIRC) but he is still only 19 so I think his pace will improve naturally as he gets stronger and bulks up. He has already played quite a bit for Middlesex and has a decent record considering his age.
Surprised you haven't heard of him actually. He is one always brought up when it comes to England players for the future, both on this forum and in the media. Bob Willis for one is always banging on about him!
He's not a one-day regular, and quite rightly so. Only very rarely will it benefit young bowlers to play one-day cricket.I must've seen Middlesex about 3 or 4 times this year on telly too. I struggle to believe he missed out every time, so obviously I wasn't unduly impressed with him in the shorter form for him to register.
Pomersbach was dropped last summer. Can't see Moey making the step up to ODI's. Marsh won't play Tests opening. Hilfenhaus has trouble, Bollinger, Tait, Johnson & Noffke are likely to offer more.This Aussie side that i am predicting is the one i think would be the most likely combination just after 2011 WC:
Australia Odi XI:
2.Luke Ronchi (WK)
4.Michael Clarke (C)
Aussie Test XI:
3.Ricky Ponting (C) ---------> playing in his last season
4.Mike Hussey --------------> playing in his last season
7.Brad Haddin (WK)
8.Some Spinner, maybe Casson
11.Doug Bollinger/ Mitchell Johnson/ Shaun Tait
Pretty stoked with these predictions over a year later. Maybe could add Williamson to the number 5 list(definately not based on this season though, lol)NZ
I have a feeling Elliott and O'Brien might not fall away so easy, the opposite could be said for both Oram and Vettori(track record of injuries)
Like this one too. Broom is guna make it just a matter of whenBroom > Fulton > The Rest.
Gonna keep hyping Broom up. He's a gun of the highest order.
Hmmm. Tap my self on the back for the Bollinger call, but massive failures on McGain, Noffke, D Hussey and Rogers. And it looks like Jaques's back has crippled his career.IMO
5. D Hussey
Well you were half right I suppose...Cook*
Obviously a bit of a shot in the dark, but there you go that's as fair guess as any. I do think that the Pietersen captaincy will have ended by 2011, not necessarily in disgrace either. In recent times England have been exceptionally unusual in long stints from their skippers recently (Vaughan, Atherton and Hussain all captained at least 45 tests),
And their 11 for the first Test against New Zealand:Pakistan Test
Salman Butt - omitted from squad
Yasir Hameed - omitted from squad
Younis Khan* - got one, but was complete lols as captain
Bazid Khan - fallen of the face of the planet
Faisal Iqbal - misplaced his career, still trying to find it
Shoaib Malik - omitted from squad, should be back though
Shahid Afridi/Sohail Tanvir - Afridi omitted, but he has a habit of popping back up; Tanvir is in the squad, on the fringes of selection
Sarfraz Ahmed+ - only picked for one Test so far, but still young
Umar Gul - what a gun, needs to improve in Tests though
Danish Kaneria - omitted from squad, kind of a disappointment
Mohammad Asif - omitted, probably serving some sort of ban
Impressive to have Broad, Anderson, Tremlett, Strauss and Bell - none of whom were certainties at the time to be in the side atm. Panesar obviously fell out of form and would probably be in the team, atm, if not for the meteoric rise of Swann.Cook
Flintoff (optomistic I know)
+ Roll the dice. Could be anyone
It would seem so.S Finn? You serious?
Oh, such a shame that Badrinath didn't quite make it to the full side - still time left. Not sure if this is Tests or ODIs, but if Tests, curious to see the lack of Laxman, Dravid, Tendulkar, who I'm guessing you thought would have retired. No Harbhajan Singh too, which is interesting.India
MS Dhoni (keep and cap)
Very impressive. Pathan has fallen out of things but that top six may be the actual top six. Ishant will make the squad but hopefully not the starting XI and Chawla has just returned to the ODI fold too. Distinct lack of Praveen, but understandable.My prediction for 2011 WC team for India:
Other probables (according to me): R. Sharma, S. Badrinath, M. Tiwary, P. Chawla, Z. Khan.
I was sure this'd be the case too. He did come on as a bowler far more than I'd expected, too.If Broad is in the side in 2011 I reckon he'll be batting no lower than 7, as an all-rounder
Overall pretty meh.IMO
1. Jaques - wrong, didn't take injuries or Hughes into account.
2. Rogers - wrong
3. Katich - not looking good, and is playing as an opener atm
4. Clarke - correct...for now.
5. D Hussey - wrong
6. Watson - correct, except he's opening....
7. Haddin - correct
8. Noffke - wrong!
9. McGain - wrong!
10. Johnson - for now it's good, but could end up ugly later on....
11. Bollinger - looking out of favour atm, but may well return...