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Sealed with a flourish
Steve Davies can book his place on the plane to Australia with a fine display at the Oval, says Bob Willis.Back to story
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Evan Townsend says...
Good read as usual Bob. I have to agree with you in regards to Davies he looks like a very good prospect and has definitely edged out Craig Keiswetter for the slot i the 50 over form of the game, though I think Keiswetter should remain as our opener in the t20 Internationals. In response to George Staples I do sort of agree with what you''re saying in regards to Rashid in particular but he''s not going to get in over the World''s best spinner at the moment (Swann) so I see little to no purpose in including him in the squad when he could be getting time in the middle with his county. As for you point in Pietersen I have to disagree, look he''s definitely out of form but he is our best and most talented player by quite some distance and I really think there is no way you can not play him against Australia. I think our lineup for the first test should be: Strauss, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Collingwood, Bell, Prior, Swann, Broad, Anderson, Finn Perhaps drop Collingwood, Trott or Bell in favour of Bresnan for an extra bowling option.
Posted 21:18 18th September 2010
Philip Beacock says...
Davies is a good cricketer but why look any further than our test keeper matt prior? He is one of the most improved players in the england squad and should be the one day keeper as well as test keeper.
Posted 12:51 17th September 2010
Greg Kneuss says...
I think Steve Davies has done more than enough to state his place in the Ashes brilliant performance in the opening one dayer and I think if England can produce players of this sort of quality they should be played! More often than not Steve''s producing 50 plus innings so why not?!
Posted 12:47 17th September 2010
George Staples says...
IU agree with Bob re selection of Davies. The glaring weakness in Flower and Miller''s selection policy is that those in the variious squads are there for good. The Ashes squad will only include favoured players i.e. Pieterson who it seems has a guaranteed place regardless of form. Others doing well on the county circuit have little chance of selection. Take the humiliation of Rashid, he has bounced back, but to no avail. Shahzad deserves a place, but isn''t being selected in the build up games and there are others. Why oh why are we expected to support these decisions? Players on form should be given a chance. Over to you Messrs Miller, Strauss and especially Flower. George Staples
Posted 10:38 17th September 2010
Kelly Sherwood says...
Good Comments as always, With the retirement of Andrew Flintoff, do you think England really need this poison Chalice of a "New Botham/Flintoff as I feel in Swann and Broad we have the new breed of all rounder, as Englands Batting line up goes all the way down to 8/9 at the moment. The Test league idea you have is better but the Countries in Div 2 wont like the fact they donr get the tours from England ,India and Australia as I wpuld think they make the most revenues from those teams touring their Country Cheers for now Kelly
Posted 09:27 17th September 2010
Hassan Kiani says...
A very balance and fair article but don''t you think if the allegations against the Pakistani players prove wrong then the NOTW should be sued by the ICC as it will mean that they had deprived us from a more thrilling competition in the ODI''s as Pakistan without their 3 of starting XI''s are really giving England some serios business.
Posted 11:05 16th September 2010
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