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Joined: 14 Aug 2007, 12:51

08 Oct 2016, 13:54 #21

With an ageing attack there's a case for a rotational approach. Plunkett is a real handful on anything fast and/or bouncy.
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Joined: 24 May 2016, 21:00

08 Oct 2016, 15:31 #22

Funny with Liam, I'm not sure getting him back is that useful. On the right occasion and/or wicket, he can make a real difference, and his batting has often been very valuable. I wouldn't leave any of our regular four seamers out for him however. It may be Bresnan is becoming more of a batsman who bowls a bit, but we are some way from that yet. So where does Liam fit in?
Phil, if you are looking to find Rashid supporters then i doubt you'll find many in Yorkshire now.
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Joined: 21 Oct 2013, 13:37

08 Oct 2016, 15:48 #23

Why on earth not.
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Joined: 24 May 2016, 21:00

08 Oct 2016, 16:26 #24

Lack of respect for the club and being more motivated by a more substantial contract by England.
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Joined: 13 Feb 2014, 21:14

09 Oct 2016, 08:11 #25

In County terms do we really have an aging attack,Sidebottom aside? I reckon most of ou4s have at least 4 years left inn them, especially if the likes of Brooks and eventually Patto get used only in the Championship.

Fair challenge on Plunkett. He is obviously a guaranteed limited over starter.

I don't see him as first choice in the Championship but if Bresnan focused more on batting then he comes in.

He also offers something different with his pace and power. Against Middlesex I missed him not being there.
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Joined: 14 Aug 2007, 12:51

09 Oct 2016, 12:59 #26

Well Lew, all the regular seam attack, bar Wiley, is comfortably over thirty.

This ought not to be a problem so long as enough of them stay fit and so long as they are kept alert and keen by a younger generation capable of making a serious challenge for their positions in the side.

Injury was a substantial problem in the first part of the season when Sidebottom, Brooks and Bresnan all had periods of absence. We'll never know to what extent that affected our Championship challenge, though my suspicion is that among the plethora of early draws, at least one game might have been won.
It might be expected that similar periods of injury could occur in 2017.

Sadly, the younger seamers are still a way off being ready to match the achievements of their seniors. Even Willey isn't yet fully ready to take on the mantle of Sidebottom as a four day bowler. Fisher remains immensely promising but hasn't bowled in the first team for over a year. Waite has showed glimpses of potential, but not yet in the Championship. Rhodes appears to have stalled, only temporarily, I hope. Beyond these three, the young seamers don't appear to have made the developments we might have hoped for.

I feel sure the coaching staff will be looking with concern and increasing anxiety at the seam bowling reserves.
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Joined: 21 Oct 2013, 13:37

09 Oct 2016, 13:53 #27

Comfortably over 30? Plunkett 31. Bresnan 31. Brooks 32. Patterson. 33. All in their prime. Probably ok for the next 3 seasons.
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Joined: 13 Feb 2014, 21:14

09 Oct 2016, 14:13 #28

I respect your point Tyke.

In this age the quality seamers can last beyond 36 onwards.

Bresnan and Brooks prior to joining us along with Plunkett have all been injury prone.

Agree with part of your assessment. I honestly have few worries about the bowling. My concern is we need a number 3 and a keeper.
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Joined: 24 May 2016, 21:00

09 Oct 2016, 14:53 #29

Signing Sam Billings would be a positive move to replace Hodd.
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Joined: 07 Mar 2014, 11:28

09 Oct 2016, 15:24 #30

Is Billings wanting to leave Kent? Would still need Hodd as Billings is generally in the ODI squads even if he doesn't play
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