Hampshire Cricket History


Sunday’s Team
April 5, 2016, 6:45 am
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Five days out, a degree of guesswork is required, with a number of players struggling to be fit/definitely not fit and some promising performances from younger players

Then there’s the ECB – like the poor, always with us.

Apparently they have given permission for James Vince and Liam Dawson to play, but what business is it of theirs? Those two are not centrally contracted and between them they have played one T20 in the past few weeks. Why should their availability be an issue? I can’t imagine anyone trying to stop Liam.

For some reason, Jason Roy is the only member of last Sunday’s Final side made available this week, although some of the Test players (Cook, Anderson etc) will play. The whole Yorkshire bunch will appear in their first game but that isn’t this weekend – it’s when we visit them.

Which brings us to Reece Topley who apparently “might” be available. Why? Why not? It doesn’t say. Can he be knackered? His two World Cup games were on the 16 and 18 March so that will be a gap of three weeks (+) since he last bowled eight overs in anger.

All this continues to devalue the first-class competition which is simultaneously being dismantled. Did I mention I’ve written a book about it? I did? Well – it’s not working yet …

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I meant to add that if Jimmy is injured, James Vince should open and probably stay there. He didn’t have a great season at number four last year (good finish) and if he wants a Test place it’s at number two that there is a vacancy. Alex Hales looks an unlikely Test opener although he’s reputed to be better at the shorter stuff. Despite his reputation, in the World Cup Hales had scores of (reverse order) 1, 20, 0, 17, 28 = 66 runs in 5 inns (avge: 13.2)

Comment by pompeypop

Meanwhile Warwickshire expect to be at full strength

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/35946499

Comment by pompeypop

According to the Echo Topley might not be picked because he hasn’t played enough cricket!
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/cricket/hampshire_cricket/14402735.Hants_yet_to_decide_on_Topley_s_debut/?ref=mac

You can’t win can you?

Comment by James

And if he does play, he’ll be knackered … It’s as you say James. It reminds me of a Gene Hackman 1970s movie (Night Moves). He’s a pessimistic private detective, sitting watching a game on TV. His wife comes home and says “Hi honey, who’s winning?” to which he replies “no one – one team’s just losing quicker …”

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