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Last updated: 11th May 2008  

1st Test - your view

Shah: still on the outside

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Matthew Hoggard has been included in England's 12-man squad for the first Test of the summer against New Zealand.

The Yorkshire seamer is added the XI that was on duty during the back-to-back Test wins in New Zealand in March.

The selectors' job was made easier by an injury to Andrew Flintoff, while Owais Shah - who carried the drinks all winter - is again surplus to requirements.

Do you feel Shah, or perhaps even Mark Ramprakash, Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright - all of whom have been in prime form at the start of the summer - are unlucky not to have forced their way into the Test side? Or are the selectors correct to show faith in the players that served them well in New Zealand?

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Lloyd Ledgister says...

I think Jacob Oram should have been given man of the match. In my opinion he was instrumental in steering New Zealand to the draw, when England was in a strong position to win the match.

Posted 13:28 20th May 2008

Abdul Moiz says...

As English selectors are quite consistent while picking up the batting line up, they should also be bit more consistent while selecting the bowlers,In Newzealand Mathew Hoggard has been dropped from the side but after two test matches he has been once again selected they should have preferred James Anderson one for consistency in selection secondly it have created a competetion and thirdly and most importantly is that James Anderson have bit more pace and have the ability to swing the new ball with pace but is going to be quite handy when it comes to reverse swing, as far as Mathew Hoggard is concerned although he has done remarkably well for England but once you drop a player because of his poor performance then you should wait until he prove his worth on a consistent basis while playing domestic cricket, It is very important as far as consistency is concerned you must be patient with the particular player as you know his importance but once you drop a player then you should not reconsider him so soon which is not good for that player and for the team also, If he works hard and earn his place back which will create a comptetion example is in the England side Ryan Sidebottom he played for England some year ago dropped nad then he worked hard and look how well he made his come back in the side.What I want to emphsise that the selection policy should be consistent and and selectors must be bit more patient. I hope that same should be applied when it comes to the selection of Andrew Filintoff and Simon Jones.

Posted 08:29 14th May 2008

Abdul Moiz says...

I think English selector have named a balance side for the first test against kiwis, many will argue that in batting lineup some new face may be inducted, i feel that the selected batting line is quite capable of doing well not only against kiwis but also agianst the South Africa. Hence it is the first test match of the season first chance should be given to the experienced one you have to give the example of the Australians how Rcky Pointing & co persisted with Mathew Hayden and how well he responded in the world cup. If you give a chance to a youngster and if he fails pressure will mount on you to bring back the old one which will not create a good impact and also demolrizing for the younster too. Young ones have to wait for their chance and when it comes grab it with both hands like Mike Hussey did for Australia. One thing that I want to see in the England set up is competition among the players selector must have a fair idea as far as back up is cocern it should be as strong as the playing eleven which will not only improve the performance of the individuals but also the team itself which is very very important for the future.

Posted 08:56 13th May 2008

Christopher Franklin says...

Why oh why haven't the selectors included Ravi Bopara?!!; he's on fire at the moment and would have filled his boots given the relative weakness of the Kiwi attack - this would have boosted his confidence and he would have been in the groove when the time came to face the Boks - - especially given that our first choice 'all rounder' Freddie is no where near ready to return. Perhaps Mr Vaughn might have even let Ravi have a bowl this time - he is, after all a more genuine batting all rounder than Freddie who's batting is more miss than hit these days - and Ravi's a fine fielder too - perhaps he ought to consider a move to Surrey or Yorkshire if he is serious about a Test career!

Posted 14:05 12th May 2008

Rich Cropper says...

It's funny how most of the focus has been on the bowlers before the first test, when really it is the 'untouchable' batsmen that should worry us the most. Hardly any of our six batsmen have any form to speak of coming into the first test, with a century for Pietersen and a good knock by Strauss a month a go all there is to talk about. What worries me most is that most of our established batsmen continue to make the same mistakes they are renowned for - Pietersen got out as soon as he made his 100, Bell loves scoring 40 runs but will not go past it, and Cook continually edges to the slips by playing away from his body. It's infuriating to watch, because these batsmen have some real talent. However, Vaughan, Collingwood and Cook have hardly hit a run between them, and surely this must be looked at? As far as the bowling goes, there's been some really impressive performances from broad, sidebottom, hoggard and flintoff, albeit in favourable conditions, with Anderson expensive but taking wickets. With Panesar, Swann, Wright, Bopara and Tremlett still vying for places, the future looks bright as far as options of bowling and all-rounders go. Having said all that, I still believe England will win the test and the series, as New Zealand's attack is nowhere near as potent as England's and their batsmen even less consistent. Who knows though, maybe the likes of Taylor, McCullum and Southee will surprise us.

Posted 18:09 11th May 2008

Rich Cropper says...

It's funny how most of the focus has been on the bowlers before the first test, when really it is the 'untouchable' batsmen that should worry us the most. Hardly any of our six batsmen have any form to speak of coming into the first test, with a century for Pietersen and a good knock by Strauss a month a go all there is to talk about. What worries me most is that most of our established batsmen continue to make the same mistakes they are renowned for - Pietersen got out as soon as he made his 100, Bell loves scoring 40 runs but will not go past it, and Cook continually edges to the slips by playing away from his body. It's infuriating to watch, because these batsmen have some real talent. However, Vaughan, Collingwood and Cook have hardly hit a run between them, and surely this must be looked at? As far as the bowling goes, there's been some really impressive performances from broad, sidebottom, hoggard and flintoff, albeit in favourable conditions, with Anderson expensive but taking wickets. With Panesar, Swann, Wright, Bopara and Tremlett still vying for places, the future looks bright as far as options of bowling and all-rounders go. Having said all that, I still believe England will win the test and the series, as New Zealand's attack is nowhere near as potent as England's and their batsmen even less consistent. Who knows though, maybe the likes of Taylor, McCullum and Southee will surprise us.

Posted 18:08 11th May 2008

Allan Gobey says...

Absolutely no surprises in the squad. Hoggard over Anderson for the final spot, early May he'll be a handful. If Flintoff had of been fit I would have hoped the selectors would have had the courage to force him to get more county games under his belt before bringing him back later in the year. It's about time we stopped waiting for Harmison to bowl like he did in 2005, face facts - it's never going to happen, he should be finished as an England player as all he could bring to the team these days is uncertainty.

Posted 16:38 11th May 2008

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