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England v New Zealand
« on: May 29, 2022, 05:14:22 AM »

As May turns into June, we have our first opportunity to see England under their new Captain Fantastic, Ben Stokes. The best test side on earth, New Zealand's Black Caps, threaten to give a side desperately short of confidence, runs, or wickets a serious hiding.

Yet in Stokes and McCullum we trust, and as the new era gets underway, I am excited to see new players get their chance. Harry Brook and Ben Compton are lighting the county championship on fire, with Malan, Haines, and Lees not far behind. England's best batsmen of the year so far, Jonny Bairstow, somehow finds his place under scrutiny yet again. Meanwhile, Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley, and Dan Lawrence have not found form, and are rather lucky to be in the squad.

Bowling is more complicated. The legendary Anderson and Broad make their much-needed return, but every other seam/fast bowler in the country is apparently recovering on a spinal board. Meanwhile, Matt Parkinson finds himself to be apparently unpickable despite being England's most promising spinner by a hundred miles.

They will try, of course, but England and Stokes know that they are unlikely to win this series. Instead, this is the pioneering foray of a New-Zealand-led England team at a crossroads. Can they arrest the decline of the side, and forge a new path of recovery? Or are England destined to fall further into ignominy? Are Brook & Compton the second comings of Jesus Christ himself? Will Stokes manage his own workload effectively? Is there a bowler left in England? Which brand has the best new range? Will Parkinson get a game?

There is plenty to play for as the Stokes-McCullum era begins. Fingers crossed!
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2022, 08:53:42 AM »

The slightly surprising rumour is Moeen has reversed his decision to stop playing test cricket. Clearly unhappy under Root and Cook but is about to make himself available.

If true, does it give us options at number 8 or just spell the end for Leach and maybe Parkinsonunless we tour the subcontinent.
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2022, 09:16:46 AM »

Really hope they don't go back to Moeen, great servant to English cricket but time to let the next generation have their chance.
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2022, 11:14:39 AM »

The slightly surprising rumour is Moeen has reversed his decision to stop playing test cricket. Clearly unhappy under Root and Cook but is about to make himself available.

If true, does it give us options at number 8 or just spell the end for Leach and maybe Parkinsonunless we tour the subcontinent.

Of for Gods sake Moeen! Time to move on!
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2022, 11:50:31 AM »

Ollie Pope has been in good form. Dan Lawrence is not in the squad.
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2022, 12:35:40 PM »

Picking Moeen would send out a terrible message.
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2022, 01:53:09 PM »

Excellent win from the FCC XI
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2022, 07:36:25 PM »

Why isn't Ben Compton in the squad?
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2022, 08:18:51 PM »

Why isn't Ben Compton in the squad?

Because until this season his highest score in first-class cricket in this country was 20? Having a good first few weeks at a new county (having been released by another) shouldn't really make you a candidate for an England place. That he is even being mentioned shows how desperate we are, and how neglected the domestic first-class game has become?
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2022, 08:31:17 PM »

* Although I'll admit I hadn't seen he'd scored a hundred in tbe warm-up game.  :(
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2022, 08:35:13 PM »

I disagree. He's scored 878!!! runs this season + the hundred against NZ, and he's the leading scorer in the county championship. That's world-class form. If Brook is in the squad, so should Compton. If it was like 400/500 runs I'd agree, but 878? Those are insane numbers!
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2022, 01:36:23 PM »

All Compton can do is keep up the run scoring. Up until Christmas he was playing second team cricket, you need a body of work to get selected.

That Harry Brook isn't going to debut at Lords is bonkers though.
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2022, 03:45:18 PM »

George Dobell suggesting Craig Overton will be picked over Stuart Broad...not sure thats the right move
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2022, 03:46:24 PM »

And Brook missing out...SMH
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Re: England v New Zealand
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2022, 05:08:03 PM »

It's a bit worrying that so many people know just how good Brook and Parkinson are.
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