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AG on apple
AG on apple
16 May, 2017 08:23
There is an issue, WSM, because Matthew Maynard has publicly identified a technical gremlin as an issue. So this isn't the product of the fevered imagination of posters.

The scoreboards/books also say that Tom is having major issues scoring runs in all types of cricket match that he has been playing since the start of the season.

There's no doubt that this is a delicate situation...whichever way Matthew jumps on this he might be criticised and/or the decision may not be the best one for Tom. If Tom had been scoring runs whilst his colleagues were playing 50 over cricket then there would be no question over his inclusion - because the club would have seen evidence of returning form. Equally, if the rest of the probable top five were in sparkling form then, from the team point of view, there'd be more scope for gambling on Tom's form (although said gamble might still be the wrong thing for Tom).

For a 22-year old, skippering a team whose main batsmen are, generally, in unconvincing form, whilst simultaneously being in extremely poor form yourself and (presumably) still struggling with a technical issue is no walk in the park.

Of course, Tom himself might show great maturity by taking any decision out of Mr Maynard's hands which he could do by saying that he feels that he needs to work on his game away from the first XI.

AG on apple
AG on apple
16 May, 2017 08:28
As for Jim, WSM, let's face it - neither one of Jim or Roelof has shown many signs of being consistent/reliable with the bat in red-ball cricket. Both have been pretty consistent and useful with the ball. If there's a lot of wet stuff about (as per forecast) then two spinners might be deemed excessive. I suppose the temptation might be to elongate the batting, under those circumstances, by leaving Jack out but I think that would be a mistake as one should always pick one's best bowler PLUS Jack has put most others to shame with the bat in red-ball this season anyway.

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Bagpuss
16 May, 2017 10:18
I thought Elgar was back for Friday AG.

AG on apple
AG on apple
16 May, 2017 10:27
I thought he was stuck at a CSA training camp? (Not that he would, necessarily, view it that way)

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Bagpuss
16 May, 2017 11:31
He flew back to SA for an awards ceremony. Thought I saw somewhere he was missing 2 matches but I may be wrong

AG on apple
AG on apple
16 May, 2017 13:28
I think it's awards ceremony first, camp second. I understand that SCCC were attempting to extricate him from the camp but I can't personally see why CSA would wish to play ball. However, if the camp was only 3 days or something then maybe it might be finished by tomorrow evening.

AG on apple
AG on apple
16 May, 2017 13:30
It seems I was mistaken - the camp is (or at least was) scheduled for 'late May,' so maybe he plays Warks but misses Hants?

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Or maybe we don't fly him back for one match if he's got to be back in SA 'late May.'

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