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Re: 2 homes wins for top spot starting with Hamps
Posted by: mikeindex
Date: 06/05/2019 15:16
What a lot of posts in the last 18 hours or so - I feel quite out of date commenting on stuff from two pages back, but still:

Yesterday was a horribly disappointing performance, undoubtedly, such as all teams but the greatest have occasionally - and yes, the one before it was almost as bad. That said, six wins in a row in two different competitions can hardly be regarded as one big fluke unless you are really determined to look on the dark side; incidentally, I can't find the post where, according to Tom, a previous poster described our players as "disinterested" - or even uninterested, which is what he presumably meant (they are not synonyms).

But practically all the batsmen did get a good start and then get out to bad shots - not well-chosen-but-poorly-executed, simply bad. I don't think the bowlers bear much of the blame in the circumstances.

I'm not at all sure what changes would be best made, though I am quite sure one or two are needed. I would like to see Dom in the side; I also see the arguments for bringing in Jack L (Jason Kerr's comments, assuming the Gazette reported them accurately - in my experience of the Gazette they did well to spell his name right, they don't after all know which of 'practice' and 'practise' is the verb - strike me as either circular or simply nonsensical).

All the batsmen have had good days and bad ones so it seems to harsh to drop any of them - but team selection shouldn't be about being "fair" to individuals but about picking the best side. I think I would, reluctantly, give Tom B a rest - or maybe move him down the order, but if the former I would not open with Steve D either, which leaves the question, who opens? I definitely want two spinners, and would be tempted to play both our England spinners and leave out, again with great reluctance, Roley - but is Roley something of a talisman against Surrey? And does the second spinner replace a batsman or a seamer?

On the whole, I'm quite glad it's not up to me. But my team, if I absolutely had to be the one making the final decision: Azhar, Trego, Bartlett, Hildreth, *Abell, +Davies, Gregory, Overton, Bess, Overton, Leach, Brooks.

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