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Deadly Earnest
19 Dec 09 14:27
Date Joined: 16 Mar 04
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...should he be used to protect England's number 3 J Anderson here if a wicket falls tonight?
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Report GrimReaper December 19, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
Yes :)
Report Deadly Earnest December 19, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
Shocking stuff England, can't afford to be risking the premier bat like this.
Report Deadly Earnest December 19, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
Doesn't Cook know he should be protecting the senior batsman?
Report scliffor December 19, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
Isn't Bell one of those players who ekes out a 50 when he's in the last chance saloon?
Report Mushtaq December 19, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
If he did that then he'd get a fifty every match.
Report scliffor December 19, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
Not with England's recent continuity of selection. Harder to get in than get dropped.

More seriously some examples from Bell's career:

Fails in first two tests of 05 Ashes, gets two 50s at Old Trafford and keeps place for rest of series.

Then only picked for first test v Pak 05/06 because Vaughan injured, gets 71 and 31 and Collingwood is dropped instead for the next game.

Position looking dodgy again coming to the end of 07, gets 63 and 67 at the Oval against India to keep his place for the winter.

Gets to last test against NZ in 07/08 having started winter well in SL, but not done anything for a while. Scores 110 in last test.

Does nothing vs NZ in home season in 08, again position under threat and gets 199 vs SA.

Finally gets dropped after further poor run up to Jamaica test earlier this year.

Regains place when KP injured and two scrappy 50s in the Ashes series gets him on tour.

Can he do it again?

Alternatively the selectors would have kept picking him anyway, so it only looks like he gets a 50 when he needs one.
Report stephaniebot December 19, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
they did protect the premier batsman, Graham Swann is still to bat! They just sent in the second best batsman though.
Report GrimReaper December 19, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
Jimmy will still be batting at lunchtime tomorrow. You heard it here first :)
Report Cricketer December 19, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
Jimmy is due a fifty. he hit his first six in the 1st innings.
Report Deadly Earnest December 19, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
Nice to see Grim is an unabashed fan of J Anderson Esq these days. has it always been thus I wonder? ;)
Report GrimReaper December 19, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
No, not at all Deadly...and I am not an unabashed fan. Still not convinced by his bowling although he has certainly "trained on".
Report Deadly Earnest December 19, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
Fair enough Grim. I always liked the way he approached his cricket as you probably know. I think he has become a very good bowler, though I will be surprised if he becomes a great one. I liken him a lot to someone like Brett Lee, a really good athlete who strains every sinew with bat, ball and in the field. Players with these attributes are rare enough in cricket and can be quite inspirational to play with.

Would you not have Anderson as one of the first picked in any England team at the moment?
Report oitoitoi December 20, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
anderson will never be a great, but he's certainly much improved. he still basically needs the ball to move around to be really destructive but he won't go round the park when it doesn't like in the past. tbh much has been made of him being the 'leader of the attack' but imo that's media bull, broad's seems to be more effective at the moment, as does onions to be quite honest and swann's trumps the lot of em. if i were to pick an england side right now this would be the order in which i'd pick em:

1. Strauss
2. Strauss
3. Strauss
4. Swann
5. Pietersen
6. Collingwood

The rest are different degrees of mediocre, Cook should be dropped imo, i don't understand why he can't realise that he keeps getting out because he doesn't move his front foot. Bell should be nowhere near the set up.
Report GoBallistic December 20, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
He is very dependable
Report GrimReaper December 20, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
Yes, Deadly, realistically he'd be the first pick bowler these days.
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