Ashes selection: Batters.

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Add seven batters to the touring party.

Alastair Cook
15
16%
Haseeb Hameed
7
7%
Keaton Jennings
4
4%
Sam Robson
7
7%
Daniel B-Drummond
0
No votes
Nick Gubbins
1
1%
Mark Stoneman
5
5%
Tom Westley
8
8%
Joe Root
13
14%
Gary Ballance
4
4%
Ben Stokes
14
15%
Liam Livingstone
4
4%
Dawid Malan
6
6%
Dan Lawrence
2
2%
Sam Northeast
5
5%
 
Total votes : 95

Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:14 pm

So far we have the following party.

Bairstow
Buttler
Moeen
Rashid
Rayner
Ball
Broad
Anderson
Woakes
Wood

So we can add seven batters to the squad now.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:12 pm

Collecting these names made me think how wide open this is. There are few convincing picks and so many dubious long shots. Sibley, Alsop Burns, Godleman, Browne, Brown, Clark, Clarke... There are a lot of opener possibles, but few middle order.

The forgotten men, Vince, Hales and Duckett.

Ian Bell?

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KP....?
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby alfie » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:00 am

It is quite impossible to make any meaningful choice at the moment. Only the obvious three can be selected with any confidence...right now you could pick the other four by throwing darts at the list !

I hope the next few matches allow one or two players to make a serious claim...
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:07 pm

The poll does demonstrate how ineffectually anyone other than the three are making their case.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby andy » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:14 pm

IMO Hameed still has time, and im desperate to see him score runs soon, because he has the technique to suceed, need him to stay fit and knuckle down ASAP!
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby The Professor » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:24 pm

Very interesting that Hales never had a look in in this poll and now I think he is very likely to be in the squad.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:57 pm

Yes he was a long way down the queue of opening bats, but might sneak in the middle order. I still see him as an outsider though.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:13 am

My knee's been jerking overnight and I've left out Westley and Jennings for Stoneman and Livingstone.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:18 am

Cook
Haseeb
Robson
Westley
Northeast/Jennings
Root
Stokes
Bairstow
Buttler
Moeen
Rashid
Rayner
Footitt/R.Jones
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby The Professor » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:17 am

Footit???? Really!
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby DiligentDefence » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:25 am

I'm not any clearer in my mind now than I was when the poll was set up.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby alfie » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:54 pm

I've added Malan. Reckon twenty in this innings added to the two sixties show at least he has enough grit to compensate for perhaps some shortfall in class.
And it's hard to see three other bats going past him before they have to select/punt on a team...
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:38 am

Going to wind this up as the squad is announced this week. We haven't picked the collection that will go, but it's probably just as good.

Cook
Haseeb
Robson
Westley
Root
Malan
Stokes
Bairstow
Foakes
Moeen
Rashid
Rayner/T.Curran
Woakes
Wood
Broad
Anderson
Footitt

TRJ was picked but is injured. Still a query over the third spinner or sixth seamer or even if either is necessary and just sixteen can be named.

Stoneman will obviously go, but I don't think we've omitted any other definites. Hales, Ball and Finn have their advocates and Leach has had another ok season. And I've still got a hunch for Plunkett, especially now TRJ is out. The only player we've picked who obviously won't go is Footitt. Probably Rashid too.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby alfie » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:39 am

Can't see Hameed going now either.
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Re: Ashes selection: Batters.

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:56 am

Must be a bad fracture if it's ruling him out (and is it certain TRJ is out? Brisbane is two months away). If because of his season's form, fair enough.

If TRJ is fit, put him in for Footitt, who then replaces Curran. If Haseeb is out, in comes Northeast.
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