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The Dragon
18 Aug 23 18:10
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Report The Dragon August 19, 2023 8:07 AM BST
nearly got the chargers home last night
Report Whisperingdeath August 22, 2023 2:33 PM BST
Completely complexing!

Low bouncing tracks!

I think Stokes while being miraculous at times is a mistake. Whatever the make up Brook should be there. YJB has a good record in India. He could have moved up to open imho with I hate you Butler. Roy is an enigma of course but this is 50 overs.

Whatever it is a tough call and at least they have the cajones to make the call even if we all disagree.
Report Whisperingdeath August 22, 2023 2:33 PM BST
or another word I do not know the meaning of!
Report jollyswagman August 22, 2023 7:42 PM BST
awful innings tonight 105 0ff 42, team score 158 Shocked
Report jollyswagman August 22, 2023 7:43 PM BST
next highest scorer 15
Report nineteen points August 24, 2023 12:31 PM BST
unbelievably bad decision
Report mafeking August 24, 2023 1:56 PM BST
it does show the strength of england's batting. brook would walk into any other side. logic tells me though having the top 5 being all at least 32 years old is a mistake. you need some younger legs and good chance brook is captain for the world cup in 2027
Report The Dragon August 25, 2023 6:22 PM BST
hopefully they will re think and give him a place
Report The Dragon August 25, 2023 6:28 PM BST
England's provisional squad for the World Cup: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.

moeen ali ffs -the mans just not good enough, too old and not the future. oops i forgot he is a spinnerLaugh

roy - not as good as brooks by a long chalk

joe root in india ? mmmmmm couldnt get ames in the ipl - brooks did

Gus atkinson ??? not sure who he is

Outcome lay an old england team in India
Report kingscrewed August 25, 2023 7:36 PM BST
Have read Buttler has said it's not 100 percent he's not going squad not confirmed yet. There's a article on cricinfo, looks like it's Livinstone who would miss out for him to go but with livo bowling both off-spin and leg-spin looks doubtful he would miss out. Think Brook needs player of series against New Zealand in the 20 20 series to have a chance of getting in.
Report The Dragon August 26, 2023 10:38 AM BST
wd defo take Livingstone hes not had a good summer but he has experience of playing in India in the IPL and can be used as aspinner which eng are short of.

cant see em winning it though India will be tough to beat and Pakistan are overpriced at 8 on here . I have had apiece of that.Wink
Report The Dragon August 26, 2023 10:42 AM BST
Gus Atkinson has that most precious commodity in cricket - pace.

The Surrey bowler's rise to prominence over the past year might best be defined by that one small but crucial word.

That rise has culminated in Atkinson being named in England's squads for the white-ball series against New Zealand in September - and he is now set to travel to India as part of the squad looking to defend the 50-over World Cup in October.

Atkinson has made his way into the squad as a high-pace option after Jofra Archer and Olly Stone were unable to recover from injury.

Since his debut in 2020, Atkinson had made only five first-class appearances prior to last summer.

He played another four in 2022, along with six Vitality Blast games, but that was enough to earn him stints with Desert Vipers in the ILT20 and Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United.

By early June of this year, with James Anderson and Ollie Robinson injured, he was being touted as an option for England's Test against Ireland.

When you've got pace, things can happen quickly.

"He's definitely put on a yard over the winter," said BBC London cricket commentator Mark Church.

"Everybody has noticed this summer how hard he's hitting the keeper's gloves. His bouncer is rapid and he hurries batters up with genuine pace.

"That is what everyone is looking for, that point of difference.

"He's a real talent and what I love about Gus is that he's sort of gone under the radar a touch until now. It is very noticeable how he has quickened up this season. He seems to have bulked up a bit."

Now 25, Atkinson's early progress was hampered by injury as he suffered stress fractures in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before working his way back to dismiss Sir Alastair Cook on his first-class debut.

The former England captain was among Atkinson's victims again as the Surrey quick took a career-best 6-68 against Essex in the County Championship in May.

"I was impressed," Cook told BBC Sport. "He can hit a very good, hard natural length.

"It doesn't look like it takes too much effort for him to bowl quickly, so you would say there is probably a bit more in the tank.

"It looks easy, but he is striving for as much pace as he can get. It looks like there is a bit more untapped pace.

"He also has raw skills to be able to move the ball - a bit like when I first saw Mark Wood."
Report The Dragon August 26, 2023 10:43 AM BST
above aricle is from BBC website

seen him a few times in the Hundred - not overtly impressed -lets hope he lives up to expectations
Report The Dragon August 26, 2023 10:44 AM BST
if Brook played for Surrey hed defo be goingAngry
Report Whisperingdeath August 30, 2023 8:17 PM BST
Some of you know I am a Test snob and not just not enamoured but horrified by the way England bat at times but by Gid they are something. I just saw Will Jacks and Malan bat overs 4 and 5.

No Fear!

I have no idea of what Nigel Benn would make if it!
Report Whisperingdeath August 30, 2023 8:18 PM BST
Broom should be at the World Cup batting at 4,5 or 6 imho. I would use Roy as the makeweight. No disrespect to him.
Report Whisperingdeath August 30, 2023 8:20 PM BST

Cue wicket Jack gawn for 22 off 11.

Time for Brook!

Hold your hats!

Ashley interesting to see him play the leggie in helpful conditions
Report Whisperingdeath August 30, 2023 8:22 PM BST
I woujd also not play Malan but  he is tumping it today!
Report Whisperingdeath August 30, 2023 8:23 PM BST
Sometimes one might just have to accept one does not always know best!
Report Whisperingdeath August 31, 2023 1:34 PM BST
Root / Malan


Willey / Topley / Gus

My team would shape a little like that except I might have liked the experience of Jordan as third seamer but he is not selected either

One of Roy / Malan / Root would have to be sacrificed for Brook

He is the fall guy because he is young. Big mistake imho
Report mafeking August 31, 2023 1:51 PM BST
good side that WD with buttler playing twice. we'll be hard to beat for sure Crazy
Report The Dragon August 31, 2023 3:06 PM BST
would not take root or Mohen

defo take brook and the two curran brothers

Tom curran is on fire at the moment.

Wd have Malan and not Roy.

wd defo not have Bairstow
Report Whisperingdeath September 1, 2023 10:05 AM BST

Tried to slip that in Mafe but you are too smart for me! Stokes it is then!

Having seen what Stokes does at Test level I wonder what would happen if he really let loose? Tbf I do not think he should be picked he is such an incredible and influential player who knows what he will do. He certainly will not be a weak link.

TC is a good call

I think they need one batsman like Root who has more international experience though Malay can strong it up
Report mafeking September 1, 2023 1:11 PM BST
root still one the first names on the team sheet in 50 over cricket for me. averages 50 and can't have all blasters. malan is the root substitute basically

problem is we have too many players who want to bat 4, 5 or 6. you can say you have doubts about roy but who else realistically could open with bairstow ?
Report Whisperingdeath September 1, 2023 1:54 PM BST

Root may well be the right man at 3.

I just don’t see how you leave out Brook!

Bstard or Roy should have made way imho. I also think Jordan offers more than Wiley in India
Report The Dragon September 1, 2023 7:17 PM BST
52 off 36 balls so far v NZ

4x4 and 4x6

mawlan 0
Report brentford September 1, 2023 11:10 PM BST
Hugely to Brook's credit that since the announcement he's largely lit it up to this point..suggests (and nothing surprising about this) that he has the right mentality and belief required at this regards to Malan there's an element of keeping LH options in the middle order for matchups and unequal boundaries etc as well as more experience in the ODI format...his ODI stats are exceptional but @ 35 I think there's a great case for Brooks replacing him...

15 man squads are too small imo which is arguably the biggest problem...

Moen has to go because you could easily find a pitch that needs the best part of 30 overs of spin...
Report The Dragon September 2, 2023 2:52 PM BST
another cracking innings...has to go surely
Report Whisperingdeath September 13, 2023 8:53 PM BST
It does seem to be sorting itself over 4,5 and 6

Brook, Stokes and Livingstone

3 looks like Malan

Butler, Bstard and Roy to fight over 1 and 2 although Butler could float at 7.

Root should be the spare reserve batsman if they have room in the 15, which, I doubt. Who will have the cajones to tell Root he is not going? Nobody!

Sam Curran

Moen Ali


It doesn't really work does it. Need space for another seamer so Butler or Malan might have to open and Roy is out with Root.

Left field...Archer!

Bottom line it is a great mess to have!
Report mafeking September 14, 2023 1:58 PM BST

only way brook goes now is if they deem roy too injury prone and decide to open with malan
Report Whisperingdeath September 18, 2023 5:10 PM BST
Common sense prevails!
Report The Dragon September 27, 2023 1:38 PM BST
yup roy out problems with back spasms
Report The Dragon October 5, 2023 10:32 AM BST
and now batting in the first game...lets see how he goes
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