Looked like a fun game that in the end, only saw the scorecard afterwards but hoping to see a few of the later games in this series. May even try and take the wife along for my continued efforts to sell cricket using feminism (it's worked fairly well for T20, but she does get bored with anything longer unless she can take knitting).
As for the now not entirely distant Mashes, some serious hands being raised in the County Championship for spots - not least by Marnus Labuschagne, unfortunately.
The runners and riders:
Dom Sibley (922 runs @ 70) - surely will open with Rory Burns? Sam Northeast (720 runs @ 60) - could he bat three? Gary Ballance (727 runs @ 60) - I feel like they won't, but you never know Zak Crawley (639 runs @ 42) - opener gives him more of a chance, and there's something about him
Lewis Gregory and a few others are putting up incredible bowling numbers but that feels like a rather more closed shop right now with Jofra and Wood likely to join Woakes/Anderson/Broad.
Intriguingly there's an England Lions v Australia A game before the squad is announced. Maximum (unofficially) of two players from each team, I'd hazard a guess at something like this:
Dom Sibley (Warwickshire) Zak Crawley (Kent) Sam Northeast (Hampshire, captain) Gary Ballance (Yorkshire) Olly Robinson (Kent, keeper) Will Jacks (Surrey) Sam Curran (Surrey) Lewis Gregory (Somerset) Dom Bess (Somerset) Jofra Archer (Sussex) Jamie Porter (Essex)
Post by pierredelafranchesca on Jul 3, 2019 21:03:33 GMT
The bowling options are interesting, broaderson are a given, woakes in English conditions allied to his batting is surely a given too, so no room for archer or wood. At the top, yeesh. Burns stays but hasn't scored many this year, you'd assume sibley at 2,but can you go into an ashes with a relatively untested 1 and 2 in test cricket? Chuck in the fact we've no idea who is playing 3,it shouldn't be yjb, and it's a very inexperienced top 3. Against starc, Pattinson, Hazelwood et al
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