Hampshire Cricket History


Fit for purpose?
August 9, 2017, 7:09 am
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There is a very interesting analysis of the England Test Match side on BBC today at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40862946

The only point I would wish to add, given the evidence suggesting that the County Championship is mostly failing to produce Test cricketers, is that the schedule as it is this season, exacerbates the problems. One obvious example is the question of who should be Cook’s opening partner.

Hameed, given better weather, might have battled his way to a century this week and then in a perfect world he would have carried that form into the next Championship game at the weekend. He doesn’t play T20 which might be an advantage, but as far as I can see from the fixture list, his next significant game is on Monday 28 August when Lancashire meet Warwickshire at Old Trafford. Assuming the forecast is accurate today, that’s a gap of exactly three weeks from his innings on Monday, by which time the next Test series v West Indies will have begun.

So instead, they might turn next to Stoneman – another option that Bayliss has never seen apparently – but consider this extract from the piece:

“Since Bayliss took charge in the summer of 2015, England have chosen 18 players to bat in their top five, more than any other Test nation. Cook and Root, the two constants in that period, average a combined 47.27. Between them, the rest have managed an average of 24.83.”

I’ve never agreed wholly with the idea that the Championship exists to feed the England side but it is clearly one of its functions and with very few exceptions, it’s not working very well.

 

 

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I quite liked Phil Tufnell’s solution to England’s opening problem. having listened to the other “experts” suggesting that Stokes, Bairstow and Ali needed to be left where they are in the order he suggested we simply open the batting with a nightwatchman!

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