MCC v the Champions

Joined: 13 Feb 2014, 21:14

20 Mar 2016, 19:35 #21

I mean no offence but I cannot understand how anyone can consider dropping Patterson. He is out main consistency and a great pro to go with it.

We have now won 2 County Championships in a row with a dynamite bowling line up of Brooks, Sidebottom, Patterson and Bresnan. I would not change that for anyone.

I do see Rhodes more of a batting allrounder though I would use him as a number 7 in both One Day and T20 with some County matches should we lose a player to England.
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Joined: 13 Jan 2015, 19:59

21 Mar 2016, 06:38 #22

It's a slightly odd looking track. There still looks a good bit of green in it at the start of Day 2. One of those shaved at the end affairs. Brown on a full length. Much greener short of a length.

Brooks getting his in ducker to work well on it.

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Joined: 07 Sep 2008, 12:41

21 Mar 2016, 09:57 #23

Dizzy says that Siddy and Fisher both have injuries. Fisher with a tight hamstring, I didn't catch Ryan's injury, but I did hear that he got it playing in the Masters tournament.
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Joined: 13 Jan 2015, 19:59

21 Mar 2016, 11:42 #24

An eye witness writes....

Ryan bowled Monday in the make up game on a separate Oval. Fisher didn't. Although he was Boxing (kid you not) during Tuesday's warm up.

There is another make up game today, Tuesday. Neither Ryan nor Fisher are involved (so far).

Phil
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

21 Mar 2016, 11:45 #25

"I have never been a "Patto" fan and certainly never been a member of the NLOP club, but Rhodes looks a far better bet than Patto for the "holding, line and length" role at one end whilst the strike bowlers get the wickets at the other end."

How is anyone even comparing the two players, they're totally different.

As for saying Patto is a holding bowler who allows the strike bowlers to get wickets at the other end, well, only Brooks took more wickets than Patto last season, it's hardly like he blocks an end with no wicket taking menace.
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

21 Mar 2016, 11:56 #26

I will keep my head down under the parapet, then I will not get shot at. Whatever I think and it is just my personal choice, Patto is a racing certainty to be selected as he is held in very high regard and quite rightly so by JG and the rest of the team, but I know who I would prefer at nr8, of Rhodes and Patto, if it was a straight choice. Patto is an excellent bowler, but we have 4 better seamers, IMO!!

When everyone available can you really leave Rhodes, Plunkett, & Willey out and go with Bresnan, Patto, Siddy & Brooks at 8 to 11.

My preferred X1 for our first match.

Lees, Lyth, Rhodes, Gale, Ballance, Bairstow, Rashid, Bresnan, Plunkett, Siddy, Brooks. Root will be unavailable, otherwise he plays at 3.


Anyway back to the cricket --- we are ok now Patto is back on, bound to break the current partnership now, which is bringing them back into the game!!
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

21 Mar 2016, 12:54 #27

"My preferred X1 for our first match.

Lees, Lyth, Rhodes, Gale, Ballance, Bairstow, Rashid, Bresnan, Plunkett, Siddy, Brooks. Root will be unavailable, otherwise he plays at 3."

Agreed that I'd be surprised to see Root available, however with a team containing Bres, Plunkett, Siddy and Brooks (or Patto for those who'd pick him ahead of others) and Rashid am not sure Rhodes all round skills will be required so I'd pick Leaning ahead of him.
I also think, whether it's right or wrong, Ballance will bat at 3.

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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

21 Mar 2016, 13:01 #28

This partnership getting more than annoying now. We were in the game,but not now. Everyone seems to be getting some tap at the moment, when previously all of the bowlers (apart from Carver) were keeping it tight.
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Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 15:22

21 Mar 2016, 13:06 #29

"My preferred X1 for our first match.

Lees, Lyth, Rhodes, Gale, Ballance, Bairstow, Rashid, Bresnan, Plunkett, Siddy, Brooks. Root will be unavailable, otherwise he plays at 3."

Agreed that I'd be surprised to see Root available, however with a team containing Bres, Plunkett, Siddy and Brooks (or Patto for those who'd pick him ahead of others) and Rashid am not sure Rhodes all round skills will be required so I'd pick Leaning ahead of him.
I also think, whether it's right or wrong, Ballance will bat at 3.
the big problem that yccc will find this season is that sidebottom is not fit enough to play in every county match .
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Joined: 04 Jun 2015, 18:32

21 Mar 2016, 13:33 #30

And hence the signing of Willey to still give the left arm variety in our attack.

Good forward planning. A year alongside Siddy learning how to bowl the red ball will do Willey wonders and a left armer helps dig up the rough for Adil to exploit
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