Post by pierredelafranchesca on Jul 22, 2019 10:19:36 GMT
I thought hard about it, changed a few times and finally came up with this for the 1st test (assuming Archer is injured)
1 Roy (fine, give him a chance) 2 Burns 3 Bairstow 4 Root 5 Ballance (this will be 'popular' but frig it, he's making runs consistently year on year, give him a chance at 5) 6 Stokes 7 Buttler 8 Moeen (preferred to Leach as he has form in England) 9 Woakes 10 Anderson 11 Broad (yep 11. Like being sent to the naughty step, you will bat at 11 until you suck it up and start playing like the 8 you could have been)
Post by pierredelafranchesca on Jul 26, 2019 11:41:41 GMT
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I will be lost without Labuschange in my fantasy team. Sob.
Post by pierredelafranchesca on Jul 27, 2019 20:35:22 GMT
Saw a stat earlier about Bairstow averaging around 28 since Jan last year in tests whilst they were chatting on the abandoned Essex match this eve, it really is surprising that more isn't being made about his form (maybe journo's are scared of his theatrics and tantrums.....).
There are some understandable mitigating factors, like being dicked around in the batting order (he is so not a 3), playing on a series of pitches where ball has been superior to the bat, but when you look at how the string of openers and no 3s have been treated and jettisoned on similar or even slightly better form it really does smack of favouritism.
Post by waughandpeace on Jul 28, 2019 12:31:47 GMT
He's been playing tests for 8 years now, and actually only has one year (2016) where he averaged 35+, despite his career average of 36. He's another who has worse batting performances under Root's captaincy, averaging 29.8. Bairstow's last 4 tests in England have yielded 39 runs in 8 innings and 5 ducks.
He averages around 40 batting at 6 or 7, but has spent over a third of his innings out of place and performing worse. He also averages 40 as a keeper and 29 when not keeping. Buttler meanwhile averages 31 when keeping and 40 when not keeping. His higher averages come as a number 5 or 6 - so maybe something like 5 Buttler, 6 Stokes, 7 Bairstow (wk) would be best?
Post by waughandpeace on Jul 28, 2019 12:43:18 GMT
Of course, if we go too far with stats we end up with Jimmy Anderson coming in at 7 (averages 27) and coming on as 5th bowler (averages 20) - and of course Leach opening! Could be a very funky England team
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