big sighs of relief all round should not disguise how mediocre this season has been. The championship table may well end with us in the upper half but this was the worst season in it for five years. We have an ageing attack albeit with two fast bowlers in Coad and Fisher who could fill the gaps. The reliance on one spinner Rashid and one keeper Hood are both points of weakness. We need some other options in both area as injury could strike at any time.
The batting has underfired this year. Next year will be critical for Lees - will we see him move upwards in his Oval style or sink away and out of the team? Similarly for Leaning who hasn't shown the consistency we would like.
In some ways -and this is where Gale and Moxon have to take some responsibility - our overseas choices have been the biggest disappointment. Marsh just about met the standard, the rest did not. With out weak batitng, and the risk that Ballance will play for England, we need our overseas player to get close to a thousand runs a season..
I am not convinced Baraithwaite will be the answer and it will be a big punt to take him for the April. May championship matches in a damp English spring with spicey wickets.
Much as I would like to see us battle on with homegrown talent and one overseas player., I do not think we are strong enough to do that next year. We need to find a decent spinner to cover Rashid and at least one more batsman to cover for our current top five even allowing for what we have in reserve
But fingers crossed now we will be Division one in what will be defining season for a number of our players including Lees, Bresnan, Brooks, Leaning, and our heroes in this match Patto and Fisher.
A sensible post, although I would take issue with this part: "In some ways -and this is where Gale and Moxon have to take some responsibility - our overseas choices have been the biggest disappointment."
I think overseas signings are a lottery to a large degree - both in terms of their performance and their prospects of getting an international call-up - and probably the area where the manager and coach have the least influence.