Hampshire Cricket History

The Operative Word today …
December 28, 2013, 1:54 pm
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… must be disappointing. Some days this winter have simply been rubbish throughout but today England had two chances of forcing home an advantage. In the first hour, the bowlers gave it away and then again after lunch the batsmen did the same.

It was also disappointing for Michael Carberry who, despite some reasonable efforts in the series seems to have seized up, albeit that it could hardly be more tough in the current world context (not as tough as Paul Terry in 1984 however!). I’ve said before that I’m a real fan of Michael but consider this: when he was selected at the end of the season he had over the two Championship seasons of 2012 & 2013 played 34 innings for Hampshire with two not out and scored 1,101 runs at a combined average of 34.4 with just one century. It wasn’t an unanswerable case was it? – certainly less so than Chopra for example. I hope he plays in the limited overs games because he’s a different player there but if they decide to give Ballance a go in the Fifth Test (and why not) I reckon Michael may have played his last Test. We’ll see.

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I gather Ballance is a New Zealander -with Trott’s departure I suppose we do need another ‘foreigner’ in the squad

Comment by Peter Jeffs

I think I understand and therefore agree with the implication of Peter’s comment. On the other hand the first-ever Test Match centurion was Australia’s Charles Bannerman (1876/7) who was born in Woolwich, London. It was ever thus I guess.

Comment by pompeypop

PS Stokes is from New Zealand and Ballance from Zimbabwe

Comment by pompeypop

Sunday morning (BBC site) following the massacre:

Jonathan Agnew: What can England do for Sydney? I hear people saying they would drop Michael Carberry because he is not a long-term solution and I can understand that argument. The manner in which he batted in the second innings in Melbourne makes you wonder if he is cut out for Test cricket.

Michael Vaughan: The tough call is to get rid of Carberry and say they made a mistake and put Root back to open.

(However, after four Tests, only Pietersen has scored more runs than Carberry in the series. Vic Marks (Observer) is suggesting Sam Robson to open next summer. He of course was born in Australia)

Comment by pompeypop

Michael Atherton (Times) and Kevin Mitchell (Guardian) are today’s pundits suggesting Carberry will be dropped, Root moved up and Ballance selected. From Hampshire’s point-of-view, if Carberry goes, it’s difficult to see him getting back in which case Hampshire’s top five or six next year will be selected from nine: Carberry, Adams, Dawson, Vince, Ervine, Wheater, Terry, Smith and Gatting. If Bates plays it will be five batters, leaving four in the 2nd XI.

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