Tour squad

Tour squad

Joined: 28 Apr 2014, 00:12

16 Sep 2016, 09:28 #1

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37375138

Are Jennings & Leach (Som) unlucky not to be going?
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Joined: 11 Apr 2014, 14:11

16 Sep 2016, 09:40 #2

I would say Leach can count himself unlucky to be over looked for the over excitable 39 year old Gareth Batty.

Good to see Haseeb Hameed given a chance and Bangladesh might not be the most difficult place to start a Test career, cricket wise at least.
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Joined: 07 Aug 2014, 16:58

16 Sep 2016, 10:13 #3

Hameed is a bold selection and I'm pleased to see Duckett in both the test and ODI squads. Jennings is probably unfortunate considering the season he's had, but he's been fairly average up until this year. He may need to do it all again next season, when he'll be carrying Durham's batting.
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Joined: 28 Apr 2014, 00:12

16 Sep 2016, 10:52 #4

I don't know anything about Hameed's fielding but I do know that Jennings is a very competent fielder in any position plus he brings the added value of being a parsimonious medium fast bowler.
The more strings to the bow the better as far as I'm concerned.
I cannot see the benefits of Batty over Leach, neither can bat & Leach has to be one for the future rather than Batty.
His selection is very short term, surely leach should have been selected with an eye to the future?
Or if it had to be an offbreak bowler why not Rayner? He again has the advantage of being an outstanding slip catcher & a better bat than either of the other two.
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

16 Sep 2016, 11:00 #5

With tongue very firmly in cheek......

I assume Hameed will have to rest next week prior to the Bangladesh tour. He has played every week for the past 3 months!! Must be worn out!!
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Joined: 09 Jun 2004, 15:18

16 Sep 2016, 11:04 #6

Gareth Batty? Seriously? Wow, the future's bright...
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Joined: 21 Oct 2013, 15:02

16 Sep 2016, 17:50 #7

Maybe they want Leach to go on Lions tour so that he gets more game time? They're never going to play 4 spinners - so perhaps they want Batty for his experience to guide and mentor rather than play - whereas Leach will get more game time in the Lions team
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Joined: 08 Dec 2013, 13:18

17 Sep 2016, 12:15 #8

I don't mind Batty's selection, I think England saw Moeen and Rashid going around the park in the UAE and offering no control for Cook and wanted a solid option should that happen again. I might have preferred Rayner rather than Batty but I can understand why England did otherwise.

I think the inclusion of both Hameed and Duckett is exciting; they're likely to be competing for the opening slot but could both play in the same side if they impress more than Ballance in the warm-ups.

I'm amazed that Buttler is in the Test squad- can only assume this is because he'll already be around having played in the one-dayers- and I'm unsure what Ansari brings- I don't think either his batting or bowling are remotely near Test standard. Cue a 5-for this afternoon...
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Joined: 17 Aug 2016, 11:12

17 Sep 2016, 15:10 #9

Ansari looked very, very average.
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Joined: 11 Apr 2014, 07:14

17 Sep 2016, 18:07 #10

Butler does seem a strange inclusion with 42 red ball runs in 11 months having only played 1 game in that time. Although I suppose there has to be a reserve keeper in the squad and if they're unlikely to play anyway then it seems silly to bring someone over especially for the role.
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