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Ben Palliyaguru

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IMO Siraj should play over Shami for sure. Rohit and Gill will get the nod vs New Zealand, but I get the feeling that at least one of them will be replaced by either KL Rahul or Agarwal for the England series. Probably Rohit, who I have no faith in for red ball cricket outside of india

How India should line up for the World Test Championship final

Do we really need 8/23 of these players to be fast bowlers? And thats not including the all round pace options of Henriques Stoinis and Marsh. I’d much rather see Inglis in the squad than Andrew Tye

Australia names preliminary squad for Windies tour

i think so

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

At Lords, and with Archer’s injury issues I think they will. For the first test at least

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

As someone who lives in Sri Lanka I can confirm that Jayawickrama’s performance was no fluke. He is an extremely talented youngster with all the potential to be one of the top spinners in the world. Hopefully he can put his potential to good use and become what so many people over here think he can become.

A few takeaways from cricket played in recent weeks

Theres good and bad to Street. Personally, if hes going to bat 120 balls for 40 runs, and keep Marnus and Smith protected from the new ball, i’ll be fine with it. As long as Warner is at the other end with at least a strike rate of 55+.

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

harris to open? I prefer him to Bancroft personally. He just hit a century in county

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

i don’t like the thought of marnus opening. his wicket is too valuable. Abbott is a great batsman but I don’t think his bowling is good enough to warrant him a place here

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

i would be open to Harris and Warner opening with Pucovski at 5

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

agreed. Odd how Carey didn’t go and play county

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

Bairstow is by no means certain to play. He has failed in 4 tests in a row and just isn’t the same test player as he once was

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

fair point. i’d like to see rachin ravindra get a chance, but i’m not sure about him as a spinner.

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

Burns has played well in county recently though. 50* off 81 at yesterday and he’s still at the crease. I like Ballance, but the English selectors seem to be done with him.

Pope deserves another couple of chances, but there’s always Dan Lawrence to rotate. I like the Foakes idea more when Stokes returns, but not atm.

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

yep and Archer has just come back off an injury so they are going to be cautious with him, maybe even saving him all together for the India series. I’d also expect Dan Lawrence to be given a shot

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

I think they should play Colin De Grandhomme and Santner/Ravindra in the absence of Boult. Then they have Southee, Jamieson, Wagner, CDG, and a spinner. You need 4 pacers at lords, but you also need at least one spin option.

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

Even if this were true, there is no viable alternative. Foakes is only worth it in Asia

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

the point is that the problem lies with how crap australias quarantine system is. if the quarantine system is safe, it shouldnt matter where the hell they are coming from

The Indian Premier League should be cancelled

If 8,9,10, and 11 are all seamers, I would go for either Ravindra or Santner at 7. Probably Santner. Need at least one spin option imo.

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

I think surely they have to play Mitchell Santner. Really economical bowler and handy with the bat too.

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

I think England need to give Burns a run given his experience and record in England. For the ashes if I were them I would probably have Crawley with either Burns/Sibley, and give Lawrence a run.

I pondered with the idea of doing only one of Broad and Anderson with Archer, but on English soil I think they are both too good to leave out.

How England should line up against New Zealand in the upcoming Test series

Handscomb in there too for me. Maybe over Khawaja. He’s a terrific player of spin, which will be useful against Rashid Khan, Nabi, and Mujeeb.

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

well said.

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

Harsh on Moises. And I think Head is a much better red ball player than Carey

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

Personally I like Pucovski opening. Can’t seem to get that 255* out of my head, and he had a decent first innings against India too. But I wouldn’t be opposed to someone like Harris or Bancroft opening and Pucovski down at 5

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

hazlewood will probably be in the T20 WC squad. I’d have Marcus Harris and James Pattinson in there too. Inglis too maybe

Who should bat at five for Australia in the Ashes?

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