27 March 2011

More of the same as England exit the World Cup

A few observations now England have gone out.

Strauss needs to continue as captain, despite speculation about his position. It would be different if he played Twenty20 but as he doesn't, hopefully he can use any Twenty20 time, miss County games and use the international rest periods to make sure he's physically and mentally fit to play and lead. His conservatism frustrates me, but he's still the best man for the job.

The administrator who was responsible for England's pre-World Cup schedule needs shooting. A long drawn out ODI series in alien conditions compared to what they faced in the sub-continent.

Prior isn't an England opener in any format.

Bell still flatters to deceive. If Bopara gets the same chances I'm sure he'll make more of them.

Trott is class, long may it continue.

KP has a low pain threshold.

England need Samit Patel to get fit. If Yuvraj can do it for India, so can Patel for England.

Anderson imploded - let's hope it was only temporary and time away from cricket and with his family sees him fresh and performing well at the start of the Test summer.

Swann can't win games by himself. And he should never ever bat above 8 in any circumstances.

Flower is Strauss' coaching double - fantastic work ethic and attitude, but a conservative thinker who struggles to adapt. England never went with more than two spinners despite the evidence of the success of spinners all around them. Dernbach instead of Rashid when it had become clear all countries needed to play at least 3 spinners?

Luke Wright isn't an England player outside of Twenty20, great attitude though he may have.

Paul Collingwood isn't an England player at all it seems, in any format, given recent selection. But his bowling - while hardly of the strike bowling variety - would have been superior to most that played the quarter-final, even if you ignore his batting and fielding. A bowling line up of Bresnan, Swann, Tremlett, Bopara, Tredwell, Wright wouldn't strike too much fear into a County batting line up, let alone one of the favourites for the World Cup, Sri Lanka.

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