To be fair he had a go... and it's not like the dearth of batting talent is in 4-7 anyway, effectively 4-5 because Pope doesn't keep (really) or bowl. Root and Buttler are two of the most talented batsmen in the world, although they need to get their Test heads together, particularly Root.
If he played at 1-3 and wasn't getting a go (and was playing at his current level) then it would be rather absurd. Unfortunately Rory had another dud innings. The MCC's top three didn't brim with potential either.
NEXT DAY EDIT: Broad is on comms. talking up Notts. and it. Is. Sickening.
I don't hate that, I want to see a bunch of middle order batsmen up and down the division trying to prove themselves in the top three because that's where the vacancies are. Hope Hildreth and maybe even Abell have a go at making it work for Somerset.
PREDICTIONS! Which I’m going to copy off the Guardian because lazy.
I can't see past Essex for the win. Cook, Browne, Ravi. Other Cook, Porter, Harmer. Really though, First Cook should win matches on his own. Surrey will push but not quite make it. Nottinghamshire will surprise people with their mid-table ignominy, because nicking (yes, nicking) a bunch of second division batsmen isn't actually the best recipe for first division success. Their bowlers will win matches though.
Relegation will be Kent. Hampshire will come 7th. They'll look like they could go down right up until the last round, but they won't. Because Hampshire.
Promotion... oh God, three of them? Well, I reckon Lancashire have the bowlers and the batsmen (tipping Keaton to play half-decently) to make first, but it'll be a struggle. Second place Worcs., because that is what they do. Daryl Mitchell will continue to be ignored by England and will do the whole Runs For Fun thing. Third place... I'm going to say Middlesex. I think they're too good not to go up this time around, although they do need to find some runs from somewhere. Sussex will lose out on the virtue of not having Jofra all season. Ollie Robinson will still average sub-20.
Durham will come seventh. Glamorgan to scrape the barrel.
Don't strongly disagree with any of the predictions, D2 promotion looks like 3 from 4, winners Surrey or Essex (although Somerset should benefit from playing a lot of cricket when spinners might actually be useful) and Kent look doomed.
Best hope for a D2 dark horse I think might be Leicestershire if Abbas goes absolutely ham and anyone else manages to be half decent. Not backing their batting though.
Balladeer: Happy new year and Christmas and all that to all. (Sorry - again, I mostly browse on mobile, so didn't see your earlier wishes!)
Dec 31, 2020 8:55:05 GMT
Mattzo: I hope you are all well, and good luck for 2021.
Dec 29, 2020 20:14:16 GMT
nemouk: Merry Boxing Day Test Eve!
Dec 25, 2020 12:59:41 GMT
waughandpeace: Merry Christmas all, and a happy new year - fingers crossed we'll all be back watching more cricket in 21
Dec 25, 2020 2:01:50 GMT
pierredelafranchesca: Gale and Pyrah to support Lions as coaches.....OK, i mean Gale has been shit for Yorks and is potentially neck deep in this racism case, but sure why not. In fact, keep the useless prick.
Dec 1, 2020 14:52:55 GMT
Balladeer: Definitely needed to be a thread. I came up with one of the same answers as you because I can't see the chatbox on mobile.
Jun 22, 2020 16:14:58 GMT