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Our Bowling....

Joined: August 20th, 2013, 11:26 am

April 27th, 2016, 12:15 pm #1

....so far, has been un-impressive, putting it mildly.

Yes - we have had appalling weather and loads of time lost for rain.

Yes - we have played on two "roads" so far this season.

Yes - we have Tim and Fisher injured, and now Siddy.

But even so, we are now averaging 51 runs per wicket in the two matches played. Worrying, especially bearing in mind absences coming up with England call ups for Rashid, Plubkett & Willey.

It`s not "rocket science", but we are not going to win many matches, if any, with a strike rate of 50+.
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Joined: March 24th, 2015, 3:13 pm

April 27th, 2016, 1:10 pm #2

For Notts match I would like to see Willey and Fisher opening bowling (wicket takers) if Siddy is unfit and would also rest Brooks. Root must come in probably for Gale and there is case also for including Rhodes - but it will not happen as we are very conservative with team selection (until after we start losing games!)
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Joined: March 7th, 2014, 11:28 am

April 27th, 2016, 1:19 pm #3

Alibor- our "conservative" team selection has led to us winning two titles surely. The fact that Gillespie is not a "knee-jerk" coach has been a positive to my mind. I don't think dropping players after one or two games is the right way to go.

The Gillesipe approach - rotation - is in my view a much better way of looking at it. You pick horses for courses and only drop people if they are clearly out of form.

There were clarion calls for Leaning to be dropped after one game. He scored (by all accounts) a very accomplished 50 in this game.
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Joined: March 24th, 2015, 3:13 pm

April 27th, 2016, 1:31 pm #4

Yes Martin, I agree with you in principle about wholesale changes but IMHO Willey, Fisher and Rhodes would be better than Brooks, Plunkett and, dare I say it, Gale especially early season. I like Leaning but at number 3 rather than number 6. He used to bowl at York but rarely gets chance nowadays - surely better than Ballance!
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Joined: October 18th, 2013, 8:29 pm

April 27th, 2016, 1:51 pm #5

Alibor- I'm surprised how forcefully you argue for the inclusion of Willey, Fisher and Rhodes (none of whom have any proven record of success in red ball cricket) at the expense of Brooks (our leading wicket taker for past two seasons I think), Plunkett(England international and probably quickest in the country)and Gale (captain and scorer of over 1,000 runs last year). Just what credentials do the three proposed players have - other than bags of potential. Very few successful teams make multiple changes solely on the basis of potential. Only desperate teams, and we are certainly not that.
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Joined: March 24th, 2015, 3:13 pm

April 27th, 2016, 2:03 pm #6

OK Nick, let us wait and see what happens in the next 2 CC matches. Willey opened the batting for Northants, Rhodes is obviously in excellent form and Fisher is definitely player for future - unless he leaves us. Gale rarely scores many runs early in season but tends to get most of his big scores when there is less movement.
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Joined: April 14th, 2015, 9:15 am

April 27th, 2016, 2:08 pm #7

Our bowling had long stretches of being very unimpressive last season, punctuated by short bursts of quick collapses. The writing has been on the wall for a while.
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Joined: May 6th, 2015, 12:10 pm

April 27th, 2016, 2:16 pm #8

OK Nick, let us wait and see what happens in the next 2 CC matches. Willey opened the batting for Northants, Rhodes is obviously in excellent form and Fisher is definitely player for future - unless he leaves us. Gale rarely scores many runs early in season but tends to get most of his big scores when there is less movement.
>> OK Nick, let us wait and see what happens in the next 2 CC matches. Willey opened the batting for Northants...

Not in CC matches he didn't. He generally batted no.8.
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Joined: March 7th, 2014, 11:28 am

April 27th, 2016, 2:36 pm #9

"Our bowling had long stretches of being very unimpressive last season, punctuated by short bursts of quick collapses. The writing has been on the wall for a while."

But we won the championship at a canter. Doesn't say much for the rest of division 1!
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Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

April 27th, 2016, 3:05 pm #10

I have seen nothing 'unimpressive' about our bowling so far this season.

Brooks was a bit below par against Hampshire, but was most impressive at Edgbaston on days 2 and 3. Sidebottom was steady in both games, but is now injured. Patterson has so far bowled slightly fuller than in the past. No problem, but he has gone for runs (wow 3 per over!) in striving for wickets. Plunkett has been hugely impressive, fast and accurate, in both games. Rashid also, highly accurate, loop, good pace.

All the bowlers have fought against flat pitches and cold beyond all belief at Edgbaston. I have to say that Gale and our fielders touched the heights in awful conditions, with great stops by the captain and by Jack Leaning especially. They can't have been enjoying it, but you couldn't tell that from the body language.

Willey will presumably come in for Sidebottom. Fisher was injured at Liverpool and will be out for 6 weeks or more, just at the time when he is studying for his exams.
Bowlers win matches
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