Of English hopes

Any selection should go by instinct and an intelligent selector would have picked Chris Tremlett for the World cup. Stuart Broad is a well established player but he hasn’t played since the Adelaide test.  This is the World cup. Some brave and smart selections could lead you to the pinnacle.

Broad would, of course be part of the squad but having seen the way Tremlett bowled in Australia, he was a certainty in my starting eleven. Broad’s fresh from injury and Bangladesh will not be a cozy place to make a comeback. He will need some time and if someone like Tamim Iqbal throws him the kitchen sink straight away, it could take a long time to get his rhythm back. England will need everyone in good touch from start to end.

Jimmy Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann pick themselves. Bresnan has been one of the most improved cricketers of late for England. His bowling is brisk and there are very few bad balls. He’ll make the batsman earn his runs in a hard way.  He should be the regular number 7, giving England the cushion of 5 specialist bowlers with Broad at 8. Again, I wonder how even Ajmal Shahzad has got the nod ahead of Tremlett.

So with what they have got, Anderson, Broad and Swann should follow Bresnan. The fourth specialist bowling slot seems to be going to Micheal Yardy. I have little knowledge of both Tredwell and Yardy but with Yardy’s batting should help him seal the No.8 slot. Tredwell, I remember is a conventional left arm spinner, mostly bowling from over the wicket. I don’t think he has any kind of variety and he should get some harsh treatment from any batting side if he plays. England’s spin bowling stocks outside of Swann look pathetic.  Monty has never been in the reckoning for one dayers and Adil Rashid has a lot of time to mature. They’d be better off playing a quick bowler in place of Yardy. Someone like Onions should have been great for England. His injury has opened up long careers for Tremlett and Bresnan. Steve Finn was ineffective in Australia but the likes of Plunkett and Sajid Mahmood would, in anyway, disrupt his one day hopes.

So Bresnan, Yardy, Swann, Broad and Anderson is what I would advocate with my dream being Bresnan, Tremlett, Broad, Swann and Anderson. I have mentioned Tremlett ahead of Broad in the eleven but that shall be the case if there is a real good second spinner. Subcontinent and spinning conditions will force the inclusion of a second spinner and hence Yardy comes in. I am finding it very difficult to write about these options because there are four players who could easily be replaced. Tredwell, Yardy, Shahzad  and Luke Wright. These four could disappear any time. Shahzad and Wright are highly regarded. Wright has a long way to go. He may be promising but with Bresnan in such good form and Collingwood still going strong for the one dayers, there is no way in for Wright.

The top six has only seven to choose from and that’s an easy job. Many including me have thought Bell would be the best option opening with Strauss but England have sprung a surprise promoting KP to open. Big decision. Big event. Big player. There is no trouble in Bell playing at four. He’s all class and he’ll keep the scoreboard moving but one thing that will be lacking is a big hitting specialist batsman down the order. Prior and Bresnan will have to do that job if KP continues to open. It doesn’t look a bad decision at all though. If Morgan was playing, Trott’s position was in doubt but Trott will take No.3 now. Morgan is a shocking loss for England. It is a huge loss to this whole tournament. Bopara was a straight forward replacement but he could play only in case of an injury to the other batters. Strauss, Bell, Trott, KP, Collingwood and Prior looks good. Colly is regularly bowling his full quota of ten overs and he is the 6th bowling option. This eleven looks extremely balanced. Morgan’s presence would have made them look dangerous. And I have liked the way they have picked Prior ahead of Davies and Kieswetter. He’s been part of this happy Ashes winning unit and his keeping has been of a very high class. England should have picked Tremlett along the same lines.

India England at Eden Gardens should have been a very good exhibition. My Bengali friends say there is going to a lot of trouble and disruption at the other games in Kolkata, protesting the shifting of this game to Bangalore. Of course there is politics involved but why is the board not getting the stadium ready on time?  After all, it’s the World Cup. And if there was no politics, Eden should have been hosting the final. It is now racing against time to be ready for three games, all involving associate nations. What a shame!

Many say England are one of the favourites. I do like this England team but they have performed poorly in one day games in the subcontinent. They should be wary of Bangladesh. I reckon that could be a close game. India and South Africa are tough opponents. They need to be on their toes right from the start. This group consists of Bangladesh and an upset is more likely here than in the other group. I don’t think they are going beyond the quarterfinals.

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One Comment on “Of English hopes”

  1. vishwanathrenegade Says:

    You want Tremlett in. This much is evident. I was shocked to learn tat he wasn’t picked. He looked threatenin every time he had the ball in hand down under. In fact the aussie batsmen strategised to see him off in most games. you have been harsh on Yardy. He has been a consistent performer for Eng. His spin might look innocuous but economy rate is good. He does wat abdul razzak does for bangladesh and bats well too. Wright is a much better bat than bresnan


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