Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The ECB Bids Good Riddance to Kevin Pietersen

The English Test Squad named for the India Tour could have included the names of Jesus Christ, Doctor Who and all of The Spice Girls with them all being glossed over in the frantic search for one inclusion

That of the renegade bad boy Kevin Pietersen

Thankfully as seen in the following names KP was overlooked

Squad Alastair Cook (capt) James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott

Logically his omission has polarised opinion with his fans rightly pointing to the fact that he is England's most destructive batsman that can turn any game on its ear. Definitely their best player of spin which the tourist will face in abundance and more than likely the difference between victory or losing

Plus is there a more sexy player than KP is full flow?

No denying any of these points, but the thing that is constantly overlooked in this Soap Opera is the point of Honour...

A word that is forgotten in the current Age, but has always been the centre point about National Teams with you representing all your Countries citizens.

When KP chose to morph into a whiny little bitch and then act in a treasonous manner during the South African series.

Well point fucking blank he shat in the face of all English fans and should never be forgiven


The other point being is with the English Team in the process of a minor rebuilding stage there is no place for rebel rousers like KP

The Team needs to unite and come together tight as a fist under Alastair Cook's new leadership

The Opening Position

The main talking point in the rest of the Squad was who will replace Andrew Strauss at the top of the order.

In my mind this offers three possibilities

1. The inclusion of youngster Joe Root in that role

2, Nick Compton opening

3, The shuffling of the batting line up with Jonathan Trott moving to open with Cook and Ian Bell moving to three.

You can find merit in any of the three.

I tend to favour the first option of giving Root his International bow. Many might be critical of this because of the relative inexperience of the lad, but as many good pundits have noted he is one very assured and composed character walking around in a 21 yr olds boys body.

As for the other options, Compton would be very able, but he is too similar to Cook in being an old style stonewalling openers. So the balance at the top would be thrown out with a virtual Boycott/Tavare reincarnation taking place!

No one wants that!

The moving of Trott would have merit if the middle order was not weakened by KP being put out to pasture. But now it means you would have a middle order exposed by having inexperienced batsmen trying to excel in a cauldron like setting.

Not smart!

The Contentious Number 6

You know that India will have conditions to favour them with slow, dead pitches that will favour spin late on.

Duly it will be interesting to see how England assesses this in Team Selection in regards to either padding their bowling with the difficulty of getting 20 wickets in mind by having and all rounder or preferably Matt Prior bat at 6.

Or be shaken by their past struggles against spin, and have 6 specialist batsmen

Under Strauss's leadership the Team selections have always been conservative, so it will be interesting to see how Cook's view influences decisions.

Ultimately, I think the combination of English conservatism and in house reservations over their ability to play spin will see 6 specialist batsmen be the formula they prefer.

Or having what they define as a all rounder in Samit Patel bat at 6 with him expected to be that front line 2 spinner.....

What is that I hear??????????????????

Over a billion Indians bursting into laughter over Patel's spin skill being anything other than a point of ridicule against the Indian batsmen


The Squad for the most part was pretty fair to performers in the County scene.

Only one position stood out in terms of the all rounder positions taken up by Tim Bresnan and Samit Patel

Firstly on Bresnan, who was fabulous in 2011 with both bat and ball, but has been very average indeed in 2012. Whereas the young Warwickshire all rounder in Chris Woakes has been consistently excellent for a long while now, but is constantly over looked.

Woakes should have been rewarded for his excellence ahead of Bresnan

Onto Patel, who is a Jack of all trades but a Master of none.

The English Selectors must be drinking too much of their own bath water if they think Patel's part time spin can be a factor against India. Also his batting has a huge question mark over it in regards to Test class....

So is he in the Squad for his fielding?????????????????/


A smarter move would have seen an extra batsmen added like James Hildreth or Chris Woakes added

Overall the Squad is quite good, so we cannot be too critical!

My Team

Cook ( C )

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