My dear old things, it's STW TMS!
Sent this comment in to cricinfo, should have had the balls to post it here:
“Broad seems to be one of those players who pulls out a performance when there’s talk of dropping him, speaking of which I wonder how Cook is going to do…”
…posted whilst Aus were still battingPosted 1 month ago
I don’t think that’s entirely fair, aracer. And even if it was, who would you replace them both with? We’ve spent a long time trying to find someone who can open with Cook, never mind replace him. As for Broad, from what I saw in Adelaide, the poor bloke couldn’t buy a wicket. Beat the bat many times. The new guys seem to be doing a reasonable job, but certainly nowhere close to being a replacement for Broad. In a couple of years I agree, someone will have to step up for both of them (and Jimmy too), but for now at least it makes little sense to drop them with no one knocking at the door.Posted 1 month agoScamperMember
Anderson as a senior pro is hardly ‘badly out of form’. Ok, he is not at his absolute best this series but I’m willing to bet his series average is not much worse then any bowler except Starc. In fact apart from Starc, their bowling averages are ok but not outstanding. Broad and Anderson have taken 900 wickets and have taken wickets before on flat pitches – it’s not all about express pace. The issue here though is Anderson has no support. The Aussies have bowled as a unit – if one fails, the others step up.
I’m a big fan of Jimmy – expect to see him go right through to the next home AshesPosted 1 month agotheotherjonvSubscriber
I think, as an ex-opener, opening up is always the toughest place to bat. You’ve been in the field all day, 10 minutes to get sorted and then you face the new ball against in this case 3 top quality quicks bowling at express pace on intimidating pitches. No margin for error, one mistake, one moment of hesitation and you ‘fail’. The fact Cook has so many runs in that job shows his class but I bet if you plotted his runs per innings by innings he’d have a load of low scores, and a load of high scores and relatively few (for the number of innings) in the middle. Now he’s in, I’m hoping he can make a proper big score, although he also has the problem of starting from fresh again tomorrow.
Root on the other hand – great player, far more shots than Cook, but he gives it away for beautiful 60’s and 70’s far too often to be considered in Cook’s league as a run scorer for me.Posted 1 month ago
What’s not fair? I’ve certainly seen suggestions that Broad should be dropped – or at least that he was nearing the end. Less so for Cook, but there have been mutterings – though he clearly has a slightly better history. There’s also a clear precedent for Cook – had he not scored that century at the Oval against Pakistan would he even have been on the plane to Aus? We all know what happened next…
Not suggestions from me – I’ve been watching long enough to know that Broad blows hot and cold and a long lean patch probably means there’s a match winning performance just around the corner.Posted 1 month ago
Well, I took from you cricinfo reference that you thought Broad had only pulled it out of the bag to save his own skin, and that Cook might do the same. Those assertions, I feel, are a bit unfair.
And in any case, it’s not as if we have a queue of Starcs and Warners being kept out of the team by Broad and Cook, is it?Posted 1 month ago
Cook probably safe even with an alternative available (unless he retired of his own volition), Broad, perhaps more at risk, but probably still safe for now, especially as his partner in crime is still there. That and Woakes, Overton and Curran, while effective enough, are hardly setting the world on fire either.
To be honest, the only person I can’t see why he’s still in the team is Ali.Posted 1 month ago
By the way, seems the crims really are thin skinned. I’ve just stumbled across a furore that seems to have occurred whilst I’ve been eating mince pies. Anderson made a suggestion that beyond Starc, Cummins and Hazelwood they’re a bit thin on the pace front. The Aussies didn’t like that…Posted 1 month agoslackaliceMember
That’s been in the press here for about a week now, however it’s gratifying to hear the delicate flowers have taken it to heart. 😀
Not a bad second day, although we’ve seen this before, where we’re sitting pretty, still behind on the scoreboard and come out the next day to
Still, it gives my early mornings a certain piquant… 😆Posted 1 month ago
it’s gratifying to hear the delicate flowers have taken it to heart.
Yeah, they’re a funny bunch alright. It’s a legitimate enough comment from Jimmy as well. England have been pretty diminished on this tour both by absences and absence of form. Bring back TRJ, Wood and Stokes, and slot in the Broad and Cook we saw in yesterday’s play and we might have seen just how flakey Australia are tooPosted 1 month agoMark wrote:
To be honest, the only person I can’t see why he’s still in the team is Ali.
What’s the realistic alternative? Remember he was coming off a summer where he set all-rounder records. Rashid? A bit expensive, not really capable of doing the holding down an end job. Patel? Doesn’t have much test experience (though I’d have given him a try given recent form). Though neither of those are on tour, Crane is the man who is – I’m fairly sure he was selected only as a second spin option in case a pitch warranted that. Are you going to throw him in the deep end as the sole spinner?
How is Kerrigan doing now BTW?Posted 1 month ago
Apart from Swann, we haven’t had a decent spinner for 20 years.
Are you harking back to Tuffers per chance? Capable of good spells for sure, but got taken for a heap of runs too often IMO. Really can’t think of anyone else.
Swann was mustard; could tie up an end, took wickets, scared the shit out of many a decent batsman.Posted 1 month agoleegeeSubscriber
Boycotts comments about Jackson Bird made me laugh.
Spinners are getting picked too young, look what happened to Kerrigan. Adam Riley at Kent looked superb until he went off with the performance programme and Peter Such completely changed his action.
Swann didn’t play tests until his late 20’s. Leach has had time to learn his game as examples.Posted 1 month ago
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