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Did you actually see Leach bowl against Ireland? He sent down three overs of assorted pies and got smacked for 26.
I'm not convinced on Butler as just batsman, he had a poor World Cup.
I'm not convinced either, but he's not quite played badly enough to get dropped yet.
The frustrating thing with both him and Bairstow is that they have the talent, but don't have the technique and/or temperament for test cricket.
Given the lack of other batting options, I can see why the selectors persist with them, but our batting looks far too dependent on Root and Stokes.
Well I like Leach, don't get me wrong, but (a) Mo has barely played any county cricket over the last few years as he's been centrally contracted, and (b) Leach plays at Taunton where the pitches have been doctored to suit him and Bess.It's a shame that Mo has been in poor form recently but I think fundamentally he's a really good bowler and certainly one who turns it more than any other English finger spinner I can think of since Graeme Swann. He has produced match-winning spells in English conditions against world-class batting line-ups.Really I think it comes down to the question of whether we want to pick a left-armer who will be more effective against the right handers, or a right-armer who will pose more problems for the left-handers. Also, while it's true that one bad spell doesn't make Leach a bad bowler, he came on exactly when England desperately needed someone to 'bowl dry' and get some control back and he completely failed to do so, while Ali bowled quite well at the other end.
Foakes should have the gloves.Apart from the errors in naming the squad in the first place, why on earth is Ali down to come in ahead of Woakes in the order?
I'm not giving Somerset shit for producing spinning tracks (because I think they often make for good games), and you're right, they haven't done so this season because they now have a decent pace attack -- but they certainly did last year and the year before. And yes other teams have produced spinning tracks, good for them, although I'm quite glad it backfired on Notts.
Heartfeltdawn said:Somerset seem to get shit for whatever wicket they produce, be it the days of the Taunton road or the slow bowling 2nd innings favouring wickets yet truly shithouse tracks like Cardiff and Hampshire get exonerated.
Numbers!!! On their backs!!!What in the name of WG Grace's balls is that about?