England place their trust in rust
Nike magista sale england’s winter began, in India, with two bad days followed by a good one. They have now repeated the pattern in Australia, with Kevin Pietersen the star once again. At this rate, they will go 20 down in the Test series, before pulling one back in Perth through a blazing Pietersen hundred.
On Friday, after the little debacle against the Prime Minister’s XI, I wrote that England needed at least six players ideally Flintoff, Trescothick, Pietersen, Hoggard, Harmison and one of the keepers to do well against New South Wales. Today, two thirds of those wishes came true. Pietersen and Flintoff made runs together, for once and Hoggard and Harmison polished off the NSW lower order the way international newball bowlers are supposed to. That’s as many pieces slotting into the jigsaw as a touring team are entitled to hope for in one day.
Trescothick remains a big worry. If England had to name their Brisbane team now, they would surely be better giving him more time to find his touch and sticking with all three of Cook, Bell and Collingwood. Trescothick is being picked at the moment on past glories, not for anything he has done in the past year.
On the JonesRead decision, I’m keeping my powder dry till tomorrow, when my Cricinfo column appears. But it wasn’t the only selection issue settled over the weekend. Duncan Fletcher also disclosed that Jimmy Anderson would be the fourth seamer for Brisbane, ahead of Saj Mahmood and Liam Plunkett, who is making an early bid for forgotten man status.
Anderson’s rapid return provokes mixed feelings. In terms of skills, he is the best choice. He is closer to the finished article than the mercurial Mahmood or the anodyne Plunkett. Anderson is a Brisbane type of bowler, using an oldfashioned full length to get conventional swing at useful pace. But he is still feeling his way back from serious injury. And so is Flintoff, good as he is looking at the moment, and so is Giles. If Fletcher seriously wants to play Giles ahead of Panesar, England are going to have an attack that is threefifths rusty. That’s a lot of rust to put your trust in.
One of the great features of Pay TV is that it has allowed me to watch almost every England match for the last 5 years, and with this much cricket in my mind I agree with much of what Tim has said.
I’ll start with the one he wont say anything about yet Jones v. Read. If Chris Nike Mercurial Superfly 2015 Read were to retire tomorrow, I wouldnt blame him, as the last 2 times he has gone on tour Duncan Fletcher has dropped him for no reason. In the West Indies Jones at least vindicated himself with a good debut, but his performances in the 2006 home season were ordinary. Read came in and performed brilliantly in the 2 matches he played. He is being given some very rough treatment nike magista sale and deserves better. He should be starting at the Gabba.
As for Monty v. Giles, I again agree that Monty should get the nod. When I watched him thru 2006, I felt that he was more likely to get wickets than Giles ever would. For me, Giles gets a lot of wickets from batsmen getting bored. Monty attacks he took it to the batsmen. He might go for a few runs, but he will get 5 wickets in the process. Whilst his batting and fielding may not be great, he must surely present a better option than a man nike magista sale who still seems to be feeling the effects of a dodgy hip.
I am happy to see Anderson get a run at the Gabba when he is on he has the potential to be one of the best bowlers in the world. I will never forget his night at Durban against Pakistan. I do agree with Tim in that Liam Plunkett seems to be very much forgotten.
From the outside it seems that old habits are coming back into English selection. People dont seem to be given an extended run, which was one of the problems that lead to England being ranked last. Once the fixed it they began their climb and seemed to reach their goal and vindication last year.
Tres too fragile. Forget him, Cook is more than adequate as an opener he got a century on debut whilst opening for god sake, In India at that, That also allows them to play both Collingwood and Bell, a much stronger line up.
As for the Aussies, I would love to see Mick Clarke in, but I am a huge fan, so I am biased. I would imagine Watson will get the nod, although Symonds should not be forgotten.
As an Australian my concerns of the NSW England match were more along the lines of the Australian bowling attack than the England one. I thought that once some batsmen of class got settled our quicks/medium pacers looked a little inefficient. Without a fair bit of help from the wicket the Aussie bowlers are looking vulnerable. I believe the Aussie batsmen will stand up well enough, there are too many class players to not score some big runs through the series, but I don’t see the bowlers as a group consistently taking 20 wickets a match.
I think England should not think they have the urn in the bag but I also think they could easily leave our shores with the prize. Either way it should be a hel of a series.
From a young aussies point of view, and without trying to sound smart about it, all the points don’t matter if Ponting and Gilchrist find form with the bat. Those two guys underpin the Nike Mercurial Superfly 2015 Australian batting performance. When Gilchrist is in form, and I tip him to club his way back into it late on day one of Brisbane, he instills frieghtening amounts of confidence in the top order, that could destroy the English. I hope the english are in top nick nike magista sale in Brisbane as you say. Im my opinion it was the control of Glchrist that helped england last year. Also, little has been said, but Watson for Australia may play a pivotal role with the ball at 140km/hr, and batting solidly at six. Tait could be, and possibly Johnson, real problems for the Englishman. England is a very different place to Australia! Reverse swing will be nowhere near as important, and this time the Aussies have the home advantage! Hayden at the GABBA, Lee at the SCG, Gilchrist at the WACA and Tait at the Adelaide oval.
Tim de Lisle
Tim de Lisle is a former editor of Wisden. He fell in love with newspapers at the age of seven and with cricket at the age of 10. He started in journalism at 16, reviewing records for the London Australian Magazine, before reading classics at Oxford and writing for Smash Hits, Harpers Queen and the Observer. Since 1999, Tim has been the rock critic of the Mail on Sunday. He is deputy editor of Intelligent Life, the new generalinterest magazine from the Economist. He writes for the Guardian and makes frequent appearances as a cricket pundit on the BBC and Sky News nike magista sale.