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posted Apr 7, 2009

Can't help wondering why Mustard is being overlooked, his one day record with England is no worse than Prior and he is potential is far greater.

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posted Apr 7, 2009

Re captaincy - anyone other than Pietersen or Flintoff.......

STrauss is very wise opting out - more important things to concentrate on e.g. test series, Ashes etc.

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posted Apr 7, 2009

1. Luke Wright -
2. Ravi Bopara -
3. Graham Napier -
4. Kevin Pietersen -
5. Andrew Flintoff -
6. Dimi Masceranhas -
7. Matt Prior(k)-
8. Stuart Broad
9. Graeme Swann
10. Shaun Udal(c)
11. James Anderson

Why not have Luke wright ?? He hits it miles he can bowl a bit he deserves another chance.

Graham Napier deserves a chance we all know what he can do in the 20/20 format ?? He also bowls !!!!

Shaun Udal deserves a chance, he led Middlesex to win the 20/20 cup. He bowls, he bats, and he is a genuine leader just what england needs !!!!

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posted Apr 7, 2009

1- Wright
2- Key (captain)
3- Napier
4- Pietersen
5- Flintoff
6- Prior (WK)
7- Mascarenhas
8- Broad
9- Rashid
10- Swann
11- Anderson

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posted Apr 8, 2009

1 Key
2 Bopara
3 Prior
4 Flintoff
5 Pietersen
6 Shah
7 Mascarenhas
8 Collingwood
9 Broad
10 Rashid
11 Anderson

to fill up the 15 I would include
Mahmood
Bell
Napier
Bresnan

As for captaincy, without knowing any of the players personally it is impossible to make an informed decision, but from that side, I'd back Mascarenhas as a T20 captain. I may be wrong, but it sounds good to me.

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comment by Matt H (U10920205)

posted Apr 8, 2009

My squad of 15:

01 Bopara
02 Bell
03 Pietersen
04 Collingwood
05 Mascarenhas
06 Napier
07 Flintoff
08 Broad
09 Davies
10 Swann
11 Anderson

12 Key
13 Wright
14 Prior
15 Patel

With my starting XI, several will have IPL experience and all are good at finding the boundary, except Jimmy. Only doubt is Bell, but he got a good score last year in his only 2020 game for England, 60 from 40. He could also be useful as a accumulator. I'm tempted to move Collingwood down the order as he is good for getting us out of trouble, in case we lose our middle-order quickly.

We have plenty of bowlers too - 7 can bowl (4-8,10-11) although I don't think we'll use Napier/Wright much because of the quality elsewhere.

How I would possibly play it:

01 Anderson
02 Broad
03 Anderson
04 Broad
05 Anderson
06 Flintoff
07 Mascarenhas
08 Flintoff
09 Mascarenhas
10 Collingwood
11 Swann
12 Collingwood
13 Swann
14 Mascarenhas
15 Swann
16 Mascarenhas
17 Broad
18 Flintoff
19 Broad
20 Flintoff

With the replacements, we have a lower order batsman, a fast all-rounder, a batsman-keeper and a spinning all-rounder. That should cover all eventualities.

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posted Apr 8, 2009

wright deserves another chance. he got a good score against india in a odi on his debut and had 2 very good seasons with sussex and all the pressure was on him to step up and get big scores

the pressures on others now so heres his chance to shine

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posted Apr 8, 2009

Just when you think people are coming up with some sensible balanced line-ups, Matt Prior makes a reappearance in people's teams! Please NO!! We need a wicket keeper that can actually keep wicket! James Foster is surely the man to do that job in all forms of cricket.

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posted Apr 8, 2009

Just when you think people are coming up with some sensible balanced line-ups, Matt Prior makes a reappearance in people's teams! Please NO!! We need a wicket keeper that can actually keep wicket! James Foster is surely the man to do that job in all forms of cricket.

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But that's of little use when the only player in the team who bats worse than Foster is James Anderson... doh

Priors keeping in the ODIs was very tidy indeed. He was only let down in the test series by the wild stuff eminating from Khan and Monty.

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posted Apr 8, 2009

One thing ive realised with england that they cause a great deal of discussion/arguements because no one is good enough to claim there places outright. Other countries dont have thta problem. I would drop prior for mustard and open up with him-he could be the spark for england on home soil. I would like england to discard alot of the old scrap in the squad ie harmy sidey udal batty. England could have blooded players like napier way before now and based selection on performance rather than on a hunch like the last 20/20 world cup. I fancy colly for captain(i would have selected strauss) i really liked his captaincy style-so i suppose its just wait and see-how bad can it be

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