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    ****ing hell, we always seem to make 1 selectorial clanger prior to a tournament and it's no different here. Matt Prior? Seriously? It's not like he finally had a cracking OD season in England and has been bumped into the squad, he played 5 games last year, averaged 36. I just hope Davies has a blinder the rest of the Australia ODi series and makes the selectors look like morons. Luke Wright ahead of Ravi Bopara is irritating as well, don't know how Wright gets so many opportunities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Pietersen View Post
    ****ing hell, we always seem to make 1 selectorial clanger prior to a tournament and it's no different here. Matt Prior? Seriously? It's not like he finally had a cracking OD season in England and has been bumped into the squad, he played 5 games last year, averaged 36. I just hope Davies has a blinder the rest of the Australia ODi series and makes the selectors look like morons. Luke Wright ahead of Ravi Bopara is irritating as well, don't know how Wright gets so many opportunities.
    I don't think Davies will be playing the rest of the ODI series tbh.

    And Bopara was never in with a chance once he missed this series, really, IMO anyway. Rightly or wrongly.

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    You're right, just read Prior'll be with the squad for Hobart, I was hoping they'd give Davies the series and he could blast a couple of tons. I just don't see the logic of picking Prior. He's a proven failure at ODi level, hasn't made any significant domestic OD runs and the only logic I can pick up on is that he "fits our aggressive fielding unit", not sure how that is reason alone to pick a keeper. Maybe it'll work out for them, I was critical of the Ryan Sidebottom selection for the World T20, but that seemed to work out pretty well, it's just I don't see how Prior is an improvement on Davies. I believe what Davies offers with the bat far outweighs any slight advantage Prior might have with the gloves. I'll reserve complete judgement until I see him in action again, I am not expecting much from Prior with the bat though.
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    Yeah that's a really bizarre reason for a selection.

    Leaves a bit of a quandry with your opening pair, doesn't it? Prior opening...
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    I admit I'm largely indifferent on the Davies/Prior call, I am yet to be convinced by Davies and i don't see how people can be so incensed. I definately don't want Prior opening when we have Bell and Trott in the side. Wouldn't mind him at six.

    The only call that really ****ing grates is Luke "selector's rentboy" Wright. Prior or Davies could have a blinder in the top order, we don't know. Wright is guaranteed to do sweet FA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    How's Prior been going for Vic in the Big Bash dealy?
    Top scored with 50 odd in his first game and then failed in his second match. He's been fielding in the outfield too as the Vics opted for Matthew Wade as keeper.

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    Luke Wright is a waste of space, his spot would have been better off going to Davies as a specialist batsman.

    I can see the sense in Prior over Davies from a fielding point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    I admit I'm largely indifferent on the Davies/Prior call, I am yet to be convinced by Davies and i don't see how people can be so incensed. I definately don't want Prior opening when we have Bell and Trott in the side. Wouldn't mind him at six.

    The only call that really ****ing grates is Luke "selector's rentboy" Wright. Prior or Davies could have a blinder in the top order, we don't know. Wright is guaranteed to do sweet FA.
    Prior shouldn't have even been second or third in line though. He's proven himself to be a ****ing **** **** in one day cricket.
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    When I first heard Prior had been picked I assumed it was as a backup to Davies - the second keeper in the squad - and I was still annoyed by it. This is just infuriating though.

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    He absolutely has to bat down the order. Being used as a pinch hitter at the top of the order has never worked with Prior, be it in ODIs or T20s. He's a good player of spin and does have the capability to launch when set.
    Davies anywhere >>>> Prior down the order > Prior I'd say

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    Mike Selvey seems to suggest the selection was obvious

    On reading that, it does make sense, interesting that he doesn't think Bedwetter is likely to return for a long while if ever.
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    What a load of ****, Davies has been 'given as much chance as possible' and 'consistently failed to convince at the top of the order' he's played 7 games ffs, and still has a miles better record than Prior who has been afforded 55 chances over the years.

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    Considering Davies 'failed to convince', an average of 34 with a strike rate of 108 looks pretty good to me. Prior's only managed a strike rate as high as that in 5 of his 50 ODi innings, and the most balls he faced in one of those innings was 36. Sure, Davies' keeping isn't quite up to Prior's standard, but he's 24, and I see him making up for any runs lost with the gloves, with the bat anyway. It's a baffling selection, and I'm amazed England have been so quick to cast Davies aside. How is giving the lad a run of 6 games at the top of the order "as much chance as possible"?

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    I was actually talking more about the glovework side of things - with a lot of standing up to the stumps needed in the subcontinent, I'd say the keeper side of things should become more relevant - and Prior's now got a lot of practice of keeping to Swanneh.

    That said, I could see an argument for Davies as a batsman in the squad.

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