Cricket, England, England cricket, England vs Australia, English cricket
The squad for Ashes has just been announced. It is as follows:
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Steven Davies, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott
I don't see why Davies should play unless Prior is injured. Prior has always done well with the bat and his keeping has improved incredibly. I guess they just never want him to feel that his place his secure. His place has always been threatened. Other keepers are good too but he was doing well in one-dayers. England change their keepers often in one-dayers and thus, the openers. Chris Tremlett's selection is a bit of a surprise since he played his last Test in Aug '07 and last one-day in June '08. I like his bowling. In fact, when Broad was brought into Tests, England could give him a chance. Now, Broad is good in Tests too but Tremlett could have also excelled with support. He has only played 3 Tests (all against India) and averages 29.69. Bressie has been picked too, ahead of Shahzad, the wicket-taker. I have been frustrated by his bowling in the one-day series and he is even worse in Tests. Seems like either the staff of ECB or Flower or Strauss are good friends of him. There was doubt over who would be picked as a 2nd spinner. Monty wasn't good in Ashes 2009 and Yardy is only successful in Twenty20s. The other options were James Tredwell and Adil Rashid. It's hard to decide between these 3 but I'd have gone with Rashid or Tredwell since Monty has already disappointed me. Signing off, jimmymycrushie.