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To be fair, he's always been a better bowler than Ravi (and a better batsman) - and I've been calling for this team shape for a while now (even with Morgan playing) - Ravi's definitely only a 6th bowler quality, marginally better than Trott, but not that good really.
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How about Swann in for Bopara, leaving Prior 6, Yardy 7, Bres 8, Broad 9, Swann 10, Jim 11?
I rather think we're asking for trouble with one spinner in India/Bdesh, particularly as much of our (relative) OD/T20 success has come with Yardy & Swann partnering each other in the middle overs.
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England batting depth is really good.
He was bowling really well in South Africa this year. Not saying he's a world beater but it's something.
I'd hesitate to call Yardy a spinner anyway.
I think pakistan missed the point of the final warm up game, the way they maneuvered the complete batting order looked as if they thought winning the game against bangladesh was enough. They should have left the experiment part in the first game and played the final batting order in this game, specially if they were looking to chase the target. Anyway i am happy that younis and misbah seem to be back in form.
Thing is, Bopara >>>> Yardy as a batsman, and probably isn't that much worse a bowler.
For me, our bowling is much better than our batting right now, so I'd rather have the batting allrounder in Bopara than the bowling allrounder in Yardy. I wouldn't mind too much either way but that's the side i'd go for right now.
How different of a one-day side does England look with Broad? Fair dinkum.
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