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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by alexhilly1492 on November 13, 2018, 04:13:17 PM »
i agree however its been done before (someone mentioned kallis)

i do think we need a proper number three but theres no reason stokes cant be successful at it, besides if we have a decent set of openers he should get a decent break between batting and bowling.

it can be said now if he bats at 6 hits an unbeaten ton then has to bowl a few overs he wont be as effective with the ball
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by Kulli on November 13, 2018, 04:09:15 PM »
i actually think stokes at 3 works (even long term),

he's clearly worked hard on his technique and shown he can dig in and battle it out in the last few games and if he continues then if were 1-1 early thats ok

hes also got that flair and aggression if were 200-1 when he comes in to go form ball one.

give him time but if burns scores runs and stokes does at three we could be looking at our ashes top 4 already

Tought ask to go in a 1st drop if you've just bowled 20 overs though.
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by alexhilly1492 on November 13, 2018, 04:05:33 PM »
i actually think stokes at 3 works (even long term),

he's clearly worked hard on his technique and shown he can dig in and battle it out in the last few games and if he continues then if were 1-1 early thats ok

hes also got that flair and aggression if were 200-1 when he comes in to go form ball one.

give him time but if burns scores runs and stokes does at three we could be looking at our ashes top 4 already
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by hammersjr on November 13, 2018, 03:52:54 PM »
Good call by the selectors here
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by edge on November 13, 2018, 02:11:58 PM »
Leach (or Rashid), plus Mo at 6, surely?  Broad comes in for Rashid (or Leach) in more seamer-friendly conditions.

Battle for no.5 between Buttler and Bairstow, as I suggested earlier.

Bairstow might also be considered a contender for an opener's spot longer tterm.  A top 3 with Bairstow and Stokes in? Wow!
That would only work if Stokes bats 3, which was my point really - hard to see him making a sustained success of batting 3 while also bowling 30 overs a game.
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by Bats_Entertainment on November 13, 2018, 02:05:47 PM »
And let's not forget Chris Woakes...
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Cricket Exchange / Re: Tour 2018
« Last post by Tailendfielder on November 13, 2018, 02:04:48 PM »
Struggling with finding games at Easter weekend 2019, currently open to anywhere within 4 hours of brum.
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by Bats_Entertainment on November 13, 2018, 02:04:10 PM »
Exactly, would be handy. But that's gone now, Moeen won't be seen at 3 again after getting binned off down the order one test into a tour.

I think if we only pick one spinner it has to be Leach.

Leach (or Rashid), plus Mo at 6, surely?  Broad comes in for Rashid (or Leach) in more seamer-friendly conditions.

Battle for no.5 between Buttler and Bairstow, as I suggested earlier.

Bairstow might also be considered a contender for an opener's spot longer tterm.  A top 3 with Bairstow and Stokes in? Wow!
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by edge on November 13, 2018, 12:41:52 PM »
I genuinely hope that Mo does flourish batting at 3, because it would give us a fantiastic option to play Leach all the time and still have Mo and Root who can bowl spin!
Exactly, would be handy. But that's gone now, Moeen won't be seen at 3 again after getting binned off down the order one test into a tour.

I think if we only pick one spinner it has to be Leach.
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Latest Matches / Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
« Last post by ppccopener on November 13, 2018, 12:25:59 PM »
Given that Moeen has batted pretty much his entire county career at 3 you'd imagine he'd be fairly comfortable with the spot! Also it's in his interest to bat there - outside the subcontinent Stokes is going to bowl too many overs to bat 3 (last home test he bowled more overs than Curran and only 3 less than Broad), he has the technical game to do it but this is a short term fix only. Long term, we'll need a 3 for all conditions. Moeen's a candidate for that, even if you're unconvinced how good he'd be. If he doesn't bat 3, where is he getting in when we go back to picking one spinner?

and therein lies the problem

however Mr Edge, it does not become any problem whatsoever if youre view is if we are only picking one spinner, Moeen is the best in that position

im not saying he is, but he has just gone past 150 wickets for England which is no mean achievement

some of the ex players on the telly believe the best spinner we have is Moeen
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