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Old 12-18-2017, 05:51 PM   #276
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Probably, but just as England have very different test and T20 teams, I think they should explore different hone and touring teams. I suppose Root, Stokes, Moeen and Bairstow would play in each, but few others.

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Old 12-18-2017, 06:55 PM   #277
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Probably, but just as England have very different test and T20 teams, I think they should explore different hone and touring teams. I suppose Root, Stokes, Moeen and Bairstow would play in each, but few others.
Can you say more about this as to roughly how you'd pick the home and away team if you could? I'm quite interested.

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Old 12-18-2017, 09:33 PM   #278
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I still think folks like Anderson and Broad are kinda toxic in the dressing room atmosphere. Nothing to back that up except few judgments based on how they have behaved publicly and few accounts from the KP issue days. But I feel this is a good time to let go of most of that old guard and bring in a young team. Something like this might work:


Stoneman
Hameed
Root (c)
Malan
Bairstow (wk)
Stokes (vc)
Ali
Woakes
Overton
Rashid
<insert fast bowler>


They have to groom at least one out and out quick bowler and they have to trust their leggies - whether it is Crane or Rashid. Moeen Ali is a batsman who bowls and always has been. He is not gonna win you games on good tracks or even get you 3-fers on good tracks which you sometimes need.

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Old 12-19-2017, 02:30 PM   #279
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Can you say more about this as to roughly how you'd pick the home and away team if you could? I'm quite interested.
In large part you could follow the lead of the shorter format, as the skill set is more aligned with that required for flat fast Australian wickets.

So in your English team you have:

Cook
Stoneman
Hameed
Root
Malan
Stokes
Moeen
Bairstow

Woakes
Broad
Anderson

And in your international team you have:

Hales
Roy
Root
Malan
Stokes
Moeen
Bairstow

Rashid / Crane
Plunkett
J Overton
C Overton / Wood (which ever is the quicker at the time).

The second team has more attacking batsmen and more pace and spin, but less control in either discipline. But there is still a lot of variety and batting depth (Rashid, Plunkett and J Overton are each decent with the bat).

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I still think folks like Anderson and Broad are kinda toxic in the dressing room atmosphere. Nothing to back that up except few judgments based on how they have behaved publicly and few accounts from the KP issue days. But I feel this is a good time to let go of most of that old guard and bring in a young team. Something like this might work:


Stoneman
Hameed
Root (c)
Malan
Bairstow (wk)
Stokes (vc)
Ali
Woakes
Overton
Rashid
<insert fast bowler>


They have to groom at least one out and out quick bowler and they have to trust their leggies - whether it is Crane or Rashid. Moeen Ali is a batsman who bowls and always has been. He is not gonna win you games on good tracks or even get you 3-fers on good tracks which you sometimes need.
I think Moeen is underrated as an off-spinner, but he is certainly inconsistent. I wouldn't dump the old guard entirely, but rather treat them as specialists.

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Old 12-19-2017, 02:34 PM   #280
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In large part you could follow the lead of the shorter format, as the skill set is more aligned with that required for flat fast Australian wickets.

So in your English team you have:

Cook
Stoneman
Hameed
Root
Malan
Stokes
Moeen
Bairstow

Woakes
Broad
Anderson

And in your international team you have:

Hales
Roy
Root
Malan
Stokes
Moeen
Bairstow

Rashid / Crane
Plunkett
J Overton
C Overton / Wood (which ever is the quicker at the time).

The second team has more attacking batsmen and more pace and spin, but less control in either discipline. But there is still a lot of variety and batting depth (Rashid, Plunkett and J Overton are each decent with the bat).
That's great, thanks! All makes sense.

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Old 12-19-2017, 09:57 PM   #281
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In large part you could follow the lead of the shorter format, as the skill set is more aligned with that required for flat fast Australian wickets.

So in your English team you have:

Cook
Stoneman
Hameed
Root
Malan
Stokes
Moeen
Bairstow

Woakes
Broad
Anderson

And in your international team you have:

Hales
Roy
Root
Malan
Stokes
Moeen
Bairstow

Rashid / Crane
Plunkett
J Overton
C Overton / Wood (which ever is the quicker at the time).

The second team has more attacking batsmen and more pace and spin, but less control in either discipline. But there is still a lot of variety and batting depth (Rashid, Plunkett and J Overton are each decent with the bat).



I think Moeen is underrated as an off-spinner, but he is certainly inconsistent. I wouldn't dump the old guard entirely, but rather treat them as specialists.


Not sure if you do not have the Overton bros crossed over there. I thought J Overton was the quick one and C Overton the guy who can bowl dry and bat decently. And yeah, I do not think Ali is underrated at all as I have seen many English fans claim he is even the best offie in the world a few times (mostly after he gets poles during the English home tests) but the point is, him playing as your only spinner on good batting tracks will always fail. They need one of the leggies to play and let Moeen concentrate on keeping runs down. That is when he is actually able to get wickets.

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Old 12-25-2017, 08:10 PM   #282
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Time for another thrashing!

Australia start with 79-0.

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Old 12-27-2017, 03:41 AM   #283
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Finally a positive day for England. Australia collapse at the end of their first innings after a good start (327 final score) and England are on 192-2 with Cook getting an unbeaten century.

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Old 12-27-2017, 08:13 AM   #284
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Yeah, you start wondering where was this Cook and Root earlier. TBF though its the kind of wicket that produces draws. Hopefully England pull this one out though.

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I guess the pressure of competing in the series is off now too.

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Old 12-28-2017, 06:13 PM   #286
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Well England are finally beginning to do something. THe first innings is nearly over. England 491 -9 (with Cook 244!) in response to Australia's 327.

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So after the draw, rain has helped chances of possibly getting another draw in the final game which is now under way. 3-0 sounds a lot better than 5-0 at least.

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Old 01-08-2018, 12:51 PM   #288
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Final Test over and we get away with 4-0. The best thing to say about all this is that at least it wasn't 5.

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