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Who will play in Perth?

The Ashes England
by Paul Fletcher (U1816326) 12 December 2010
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Matt Prior hit an unbeaten century as England survived an early collapse to draw the tour fixture with Victoria after a rain-affected final day.

The visitors slumped to 55-4 as Clint McKay and Jayde Herrick made a mockery of the struggles endured by England's Ashes bowling hopefuls in Melbourne.

But Prior settled the tourists and was 102 not out when the match was called off with England on 211 for six.

Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad are all in contention to replace the injured Stuart Broad in the third Test in Perth.

But all failed to take a wicket during the second day of the match. Who would you pick to play in Perth?

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posted Dec 14, 2010

Re Anderson, as I thought he might Jimmy has stayed on Aussie time and as has been said above he'd've had a comfotable time flying back and forth in 1st class. Re Broad's replacement I'd say Tremlett is the correct option as he's most likely to get wickets and wickets are by far the most important factor when deciding a 4 man attack. Even though I'm a Yorkshire fan I've never really thought Bresnan was a test bowler (very useful ODI / T20 player though) whilst Shahzad isn't really suited for this kind of pitch and needs more experience. we've got a great chance of retaining the Ashes at Perth so here's hoping!

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posted Dec 14, 2010

I have just listened to an interview with Strauss after a day in the nets and without saying in so many words, I gathered Tremlett would be favorite to get the vacant bowling position.

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comment by Al (U14226101)

posted Dec 15, 2010

When will we learn our lesson and pick batsmen who can bat and bowlers who can bowl? Yes its nice if they can cross over a bit but priority is world class specialism. Now I dont know who is the best bowler but that should be the criteria and the only one. If we realy want an allrounder pick a 5th bowler/batsman but we had better be sure they really can bat!

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posted Dec 15, 2010

Bresnan is apparently playing.
The selectors want him to do the donkey work and bowl into the Freemantle Doctor.

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comment by Silk (U1717598)

posted Dec 15, 2010

Bresnan is a better bowler than people give him credit for.

I wouldn't have him in the side, but if he plays I think he'll do alright.

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posted Dec 15, 2010

On BBC today program, Aggers was saying that he believes Bresnan will play.
One thing about Bresnan that is rarely mentioned is the fact that he's a good fielder.

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posted Dec 15, 2010

i said at the weekend that i thought bresnan would get the nod because we are 1-0 in the series and bresnan is seen as the "safer" option by flower and strauss

personally i would have gone for tremlett or shazad as i think both offer more threat as a bowler but flower and strauss have always been cautious imo.

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posted Dec 15, 2010

Bresnan has not yet been chosen, at present it's just paper talk.
I shall believe it only when it's officially announced.

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posted Dec 15, 2010

I don't see anything other than the same 10 from the previous two with Tremlett in for Broad.
I can't make a case for any other changes

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posted Dec 15, 2010

My opinion exactly Grizzly, one forced change is all there will be.
I think we will be seeing England bat regardless of who wins the toss in 6 hrs. time.......I think Ponting will go in with a 4 pace attack and use Smith and perhaps Clarke to have a dig later in the match. cheers <ale> good luck..

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