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Hi Nasser I am an England supporter although I live in South Africa. I have read your article and whilst a lot of it does make sense however whilst someone like Buttler deserves a run in the side I can't see why someone like Alex Hales or Michael Lumb gets given a go either. In my opinon Samit Patel is simply not good enough - apart from the first ODI game. He's been given many chances so why not start with Hales and Cook and move Bell down the order. Not convinced that Jade Dernbach is the right person either - hopefully when Jimmy Anderson is rested he'll move straight back into that position. Tim Bresnan has also done very little with the ball and there may well be a case to use two spinners rather than one (I can't call Patel a spinner..). Obviously, Swann would move straight back into position but Tredwell has not done badly.... Don't get me started on Kieswetter.... Shouldn't be in the side at all - Prior is by far a better keeper and batsman. Bottom line is that we are not playing with our best team and yet the press slaughter us for not winning an ODI series in India for umpeen years. Not sure what Morgan's problem is at the moment. It's great when it comes off but he looks stupid when it doesn't. Look at the last two ODI's (including today). It's not eaasy being an England supporter in SA at the moment!! Thanks for the great articles anyway. Cheers
Posted 09:21 23rd January 2013
Good comments about Dernbach Nass. I remember a certain James Anderson had a spell of averaging over six an over at the start of his career & look how that turned out?!
Posted 18:04 22nd January 2013
Kieswetter has been poor since he came into the team. A few slog fests opening the batting doesn't make an international player. His glove-work is poor and his batting isn't anything to write home about either. Prior should be in the team in all forms, not just test matches. Why "look to the future" with Bairstow or Butler (neither of whom are regular keepers) when the best wk/batsman arguably in the world is twiddling his thumbs at the Big Bash?
Posted 17:53 22nd January 2013