For discussing, predicting, and criticising prospective Test team/squad selections when the next Test series is more than, ooh, two months away. The nature of this particular beast/forum means that there'll be a lot of England talk, but other teams (Sri and India spring to mind) more than welcome.
Obviously this will start with the tossing up of names for England's subcontinental tour, including the perpetual questions of spinner and opener, and the only slightly less perpetual question of the middle order. At least Bairstow kept okay. Here's some longlists:
The opener at the time was Robson, and I think I'd probably stick with him. He hasn't done a whole lot wrong this season, admittedly on batting paradises but isn't that what you get in India? My second pick would probably be DBD - averaging >75 has to be worth something, even in the second division. I'd give Hameed one more season in case of Second Season Syndrome, but might well include him in the squad.
No Stokes because I don't think his bowling will be that useful and he's not great at playing spin. Again, in the squad.
Wood, Anderson, Broad, whoever would need to rotate to stave off fatigue. First choice would be Wood for pitch-negating pace and Anderson for reverse swing.
The spinner at the time was Rayner, but I've since been told by a Middlesex fan that he thrives on bounce, of which there isn't a lot in the subcontinent. So Batty or Leach then.
Oh God not Bell. Please not Bell! Or rather, can we have him in for the first Test of the series where he'll score his big hundred, then drop him immediately before he can hit a series of pretty twenties?
Batty is fine. Sad, but fine. Hope he can cope with long days in the Indian sun at his age...
While I'm enjoying the selections just so you know it will all be rank turners And the final test is in chennai. Need I say more? I'd say u need good batsmen of spin, good combination of blockers and fast scorers and at least two spinners. I can assure you that India will be going in with three spinners and just one fast bowler. Maybe two pacers if they are feeling generous. All of ur teams have too many fast bowlers.
Not that I particularly care, this is what I'd pick Cook Hameed (know he is young but why not start with two blockers) Badger Root Stokes Bairstow all-rounder or batsman Moeen Rashid Wood Broad/ Woakes
My team has the same number of pacers as yours Sri! Sadly Badger picked the wrong time to have a form dip, I know what you think about him and the ECB but I'm convinced that he'd be in the squad if he hadn't taken a turn for the worse recently.
Who do you think will be the top three for India? Even Kohli can't play Rohit again, can he? Presumably the rest will be Kohli Jinx Ashwin Saha Jadeja Mishra Shami Bhuvi, fitness permitting.
Kohli loves Rohit so he will continue to play him as much as possible. I'd say Vijay Mukund (partly because he and vijay could make a great combination from their Tamil Nadu days and Mukund bats left and is very good in turners better than Dhawan at least) KL Rahul Kohli Rahane Ashwin Saha Jadeja Mishra Shami Bhuvi. Or perhaps another batsman in for bhuvi depending on how much of a raging Turner the pitch is. But knowing kohli it would be more closer to this Dhawan KL Rahul Kohli Rahane Rohit Ashwin Saha Jadeja Mishra Shami Ishant
He is from TN, left-hander and a bit like Vijay in that he plays the long game and has good technique. He even came to play in England in 2011, on the back of the only year in which he didn't score runs and failed unsurprisingly as a 21-year-old would if he is thrown to the wolves.
Go Hameed, my fav England player who hasn't played yet, still waiting on Keaton to qualify and Borthwick to get another chance.
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