It’s been months since I wrote anything on here, no proper cricket and life getting in the way. Since the Ashes there was an ODI series in the West Indies, I can’t even remember the score but I think WI won. Then there was the world T20 in Bangladesh where England underperformed again. The only bright spot was a good win over the eventual champions Sri Lanka. Now the Lankans are over here and won the T20 match last week. Now we’re in the middle of the ODI series with England edging ahead but the cricket hasn’t been great but places may be up for grabs with two test matches next month. So who will play?
Cook will captain the side, his opening partner is unclear with Root (who will definitely play somewhere in the line-up), Carberry and youngster Robson in the frame. Bell is certain of his place somewhere in the middle order, maybe it’s time for him to bat at No. 3? Who will yake the last spot in the middle order? Trott is sadly out of the picture. Ballance played in Australia and James Taylor has been around the squad for a while.
Stokes will play at 6 if he is fit. If not why not try out another all rounder like Woakes?
The wicket keeper’s position is up for grabs. Matt Prior hasn’t batted in first class cricket since scoring a century in the opening match of the season. If he was fit and in form I’d expect him to play so maybe there is an opening for Buttler?
If fit Anderson and Broad will play, mid-way through the ODI series Chris Jordan looks to have jumped to the top of the queue for third seamer. Finn has been in good county form. That leaves a spin bowler, well I’d play Monty but Kerrigan is doing well in first class cricket at the moment.
My XI; Cook, Carberry, Root, Bell, Balance, Stokes (or Woakes), Buttler, Jordan, Broad, Anderson, Panesar. Also in squad, Finn, Robson.