Selectors Headache: Whats The Best Test Team For England?

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Selectors Headache: Whats The Best Test Team For England?

This has and will always be a great debate, with every cricketing fan in the country with their own views. I am going to express my views now.

The first thing that is causing the selectors a problem is whether they should pick five bowlers, or only four. I will pick a team for both scenarios. 1) A team that has five main bowlers and five main batsmen with a keeper, or 2) A team with four main bowlers that has six main batsmen.

Of course the 11 players selected are based on my opinion, and not taking into account varying pitch conditions.

1) With this team make-up it is vital that you pick five top order batsmen that can score big runs, with the keeper batting six and preferably an all rounder at seven. If the keeper is to bat at six then he has to be able to score runs at test match level.

This is the team I would select in batting order:

1) A. Cook- a very solid opening batsman, shame he doesn't score more 100's. However he’s still young and has plenty of potential.

2) I. Bell- always looks good at the crease but gives his wicket away too often. I believe opening will make him more disciplined, he has plenty of potential. Plus left and right handed opening combination is annoying for bowlers.

3) A. Strauss- can sometimes struggle early on in the game, plus having Strauss at three gives the top three a solid look.

4) K. Pietersen- the new test match captain and a big run scorer. Always worth a place in the team.

5) P. Collingwood- A battler as shown in his last few knocks, an excellent fielder and can also turn his arm over with some medium pace.

6) S. Davies- Davies has looked good for Worcestershire this year, scoring runs and keeping well, he has plenty of potential and deserves a chance.

7) A. Flintoff- hasn’t scored many runs but worth his place thanks to his bowling.

8) A. Rashid- I have picked the young leg spinner over Monty due to the fact that this lad can bat, he is scoring runs for Yorkshire and can field a 100 times better than Monty. I also believe that a Wrist spinner will take more wickets than a left arm finger spinner.

9) S. Broad- gets in above J Anderson due to the fact that with Broad at nine gives the England team a strong batting line up.

10) S. Harminson- every team needs a 90mph bowler and that has to be Steve Harminson for England. Not been at his best lately but if he keeps bowling then he is devastating. He can also swing the willow and slog a few runs in the lower order.

11) S. Jones- in above J Anderson and R Sidebottom as he is the best swing bowler in England, he is taking stacks of wickets for Worcester this year, and deserves to be back in the England team.

2) With this team makeup you need to have the strongest possible bowling attack, as you only have four front line blowers. It also means that the keeper doesn’t have to score as many runs.

This is the team I would select in batting order:

1) A. Cook- a very solid opening batsman, shame he doesn't score more 100's he’s still young and has plenty of potential.

2) I. Bell- always looks good at the crease but gives his wicket away too often. I believe opening will make him more disciplined, he has plenty of potential. Plus left and right hand opening combination is annoying for bowlers.

3) A. Strauss- can sometimes struggle early on in the game, plus having Strauss at three gives the top three a solid look.

4) K. Pietersen- the new test match captain and a big run scorer. Always worth a place in the team.

5) R. Bopara- Has worked hard on his game since being dropped by England after a bad tour of Sri Lanka.

6) P. Collingwood- A battler as shown in his last few knocks, an excellent fielder and can also turn his arm over with some medium pace.

7) A. Flintoff- hasn’t scored many runs but worth his place thanks to his bowling.

8) J. Foster- by far the best keeper in the country, and having 6 main batsmen means he doesn’t have to score as many runs since he will be batting at 8.

9) A. Rashid- I have picked the young leg spinner over Monty due to the fact that this lad can bat, he is scoring runs for Yorkshire, and can field 100 times better than Monty. I also believe that a Wrist spinner will take more wickets than a left arm finger spinner.

10) J. Anderson- has come along way and is a very good opening bowler now.

11) S. Harminson- every team needs a 90mph bowler and that has to be Steve Harminson for England. Not been at his best lately but if he keeps bowling then he is devastating. He can also swing the willow and slog a few runs in the lower order.

 

So these are the two teams that I would pick depending on which way you want to play. Feel free to leave your best England test match team below.

 

 

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