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Listening to one of the hardest working England players ever - Batting Coach Graham Gooch
Andrew Strauss (Capt), Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (WK), Jonathan Trott
The weight of run needs to come from the names shown just above, the specialist batsman, no comments needed about Prior's inclusion in this category!
Andrew Strauss has quashed all comments about his inclusion in the 50 over game in, with some swashbuckling innings at the top of the order in the recent past. With a greatly improved strike rate he is half of a solid opening partnership, but where is the other half?
KP, Morgan, Bell and Prior are all certainties in the starting line up, but in which order its unsure. Prior looks to be opening throughout the Australia series, but if he fails there Ian Bell may well open. He is technically our best player, and has been in good touch all winter in Australia, I believe he should open and use the hardness of the new ball.
KP must fire at three, with Morgan and Colly (classed here as an all rounder) following leaving Prior at six. Morgan has shown his ability at closing out games, and marked himself down as an integral member of the ODI squad with already 50+ matches. Trott is a solid obdurate batsman, but with the need for bowling options he could well miss out. It might well be a straight shoot out between Bell and Trott, with "Sherman" clinching it here.