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I posted the previous thoughts about Herath at tea and just a few minutes later the Test was all over – England having lost their last six wickets for 31 runs. I wonder how close the man above might be to a Test recall? England have played four Tests in 2012, have lost all four and not reached a fifth day in any of them. Their innings totals have been 192, 160, 327, 72, 141, 252, 193 and 264.
Who might Carberry (or whoever) replace? Not Trott obviously although he had made only one ‘fifty’ in the previous seven innings – Strauss, Cook and Bell also have one half-century each in eight innings and Cook has five single figure scores in eight innings. Meanwhile, Pietersen has a best of 32 in eight innings and has a total of just 100 runs at an average of 12.5. Trott has scored 285 runs at 35.625. The other averages this calendar year are:
Prior 198 runs, average 33.0, Strauss 203 runs, average 25.38, Cook 173 runs, average 21. 63, Bell 116 runs, average 14.5, Morgan 82 runs average 13.66 (Patel scored 2 & 9).
And if Carberry is selected for England before McKenzie returns to Eastleigh, Hampshire will not have an excess of batsmen.
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