The Winter Cricket thread

Gary Baldi

Well-known member
6 Dec 2017
Jennings wicket rather summed up his recent stint. Missed a juicy ball outside his leg stump to get bowled off his pocket.

Happy for Root and getting that century - today was the first innings he's looked in nick and he's taken advantage of a man down attack. What an innocuous way for Paul to get injured


Active member
13 Dec 2017
Positives - finally, a bit of pace from an England bowler!
We might not actually need him for the Ashes.....the mid-80s swing and seam merchants will likely be as effective.....but we're sure as hell going to need that pace if we want to be competitive in South Africa next winter. So let's get Mark Wood into cotton wool asap.

Oh, and we might win this game.

Negatives - still can't find an opener. Jennings and Burns both averaging 25 now (after 16 and 6 Tests respectively, which is a fair sample size to be judged on). And needless to say, that's not enough. Desperately need to uncover some new talent at the top of the order......
Disagree up to a point.
I think a fully fit Wood could unsettle the Aussies and he's a variation on Broad and Anderson. They'll have three speed merchants.
I think Burns deserves more than 6 matches.
Until today he had the top score (83) for an England player in the series and after 2 tests only he and Bairstow had scored more than 100 runs in the series. Plus he hasn't played in a home test yet. He should get at least the first two this summer. Jennings though has had his chance. He won't improve. We need to find a new one but it's not easy. See how Gubbins and Salt go early season. Tests not until August.
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