> >Hinds probably has cemented his place for the first
> >2 Tests against England at least. We really do have some
> >fierce competition for the batting slots. The only place
> Fantastic! That's what we need, plus proof that the selectors will drop a
> senior player in poor form for a new player in good form.
Somehow I doubt that will happen. They did not drop either Adams
or Chanderpaul when both had the most dreadful of runs. If they
stick with this policy then Sarwan may well miss out in England
despite the fact that I have already appointed him as FWIC.
> I think Grrr should get one more chance to prove that he can bat under
> pressure, and if he fails then drop him from the England squad.
Well, I stuck up for Mclean after the first Test
(though I can no longer defend him after this latest
performance) so I guess I'll do the same for Griffith:
Adrian was really quite unlucky in both innings. In the
first he got a ball just outside leg which he glanced
delicately. Only problem it was just a shade too
delicate and Moin took a great catch down the legside.
In the second knock, with the WI giving the impression
that they were actually going for the target he was
adjudged out lbw to a ball that looked to be going
over the stumps. Unfortunate for Griffith though it did
at least have the beneficial result of making that
Kashif fellow look like an absolute idiot.
> >Gayle can get a spot would probably be as opener, replacing
> >Griffith. Sarwan and Chanderpaul will have to compete for
> >the lower-order spot. Really going on batting ability alone,
> >the man who should make way is Adams, which was why I was
> >opposed to his selection as captaincy. Though I must be the
> >first to say that he has done a great job as skipper.
> I guess I have to defend Jimmy again.
> I think his batting has not let him down, and with the continued lack of
> interest in a spinner in the side his bowling has become most important.
> Granted, we haven't seen a Test century from Jimmy in er... three innings,
> but 34 not out right after 3 or 4 quick wickets is a respectable score, and
> it could be argued that his first innings poor score was due to a poor
> decision, not bad batting.
Well I did say that "based on batting ability alone" which
precludes consideration of his (most admirable IMO) spinning
qualities. It will take more than his recent ton against a
Streakless Zim, which was put in perspective by the recent
scores at Lords, to convince me that Adams is still a decent
Test bat. You are probably right though that, this season at
least, he has probably done better than Chanderpaul.
> I support the idea of dropping him for a better batsman (Sherwin or Ridley
> [who may soon lose automatic selection status] could captain), but I think
> Griffith and Chanderpaul are higher on the axe list than him at the moment.
You're probably right. However, unless Adams is willing to open
he can hardly be preffered to Griffith. I've got no problem with
Adams as skipper for the England tour and really do not want to
see Lara back as skipper but I wonder whether the WI batting can
carry a non-contributing skipper against Australia in 6 months
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