Post by pierredelafranchesca on Aug 4, 2019 13:02:11 GMT
Following on from the above.... Smith provides a real catch 22 conundrum, prepare a pitch you can get him out on and you tilt it in favour of their quicks, prepare pitches to nullify their attack and he's never getting out
Not really, although in hindsight Steve Smith scoring the winning margin single handedly is more predictable than we all made out.
Think we need him to step on a ball a la McGrath really, hard to see us winning the series otherwise. The rest of the Aussie side is good but beatable, but Smith has kicked on to another level in the way that Root sadly hasn't quite.
Team for Lord's will be tricky. Moeen is in no sort of form, neither is Bairstow. I didn't mind picking Denly as a top three player but if you're batting him down the order there are so many better players available. Anderson presumably unfit. Woakes our best bat. Think I'd go:
Burns Denly (open or dropped for me) Root Roy Buttler Stokes Foakes (k) Woakes Broad Archer (if fit, otherwise Stone) Leach
Which does finally deliver the much dreamed of Stokes-Foakes-Woakes combination if nothing else.
Post by pierredelafranchesca on Aug 5, 2019 18:15:33 GMT
There is no way on earth bairstow is getting dropped, too much of an ecb and captain love in with him, watch him score a solid 20 in the next test and celebrate with a churlish dig at the media again.... Prick.
Denly will get to carry on too, bit of a made the bed lie in it situation with selectors, they'll have to persist for another test at least.
I think they'll drop mo for leach and put archer (stone if he's injured) in for Andersen, and that'll be that, other than a bit of deck chair rearrangement with the batting order.
As for what I'd do, well.... I'd drop denly for ballance at 4, bairstow for foakes at 7, Mo for leach, Andersen for archer, and if he's feeling his knee, stone for woakes, though I'd be reluctant to make that change as that tail would be abysmally long
Burns Roy (sigh) Root Any good county batsman, like honestly really take your pick, failing that put Woakes up here mostly as a bat, Christ Stokes Buttler Foakes Curran unless Woakes is absolutely 100%, in which case he loves Lord’s Archer unless he’s not absolutely 100%, in which case Stone Leach but I love Moe and he gets a lovely present Broad
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