NWR Cricket

Squad for the third test has been released. Crawley & Sibley have been dropped. Malan back in. Would have liked to see Vince back in.

Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood
I don't think they fancy Vince for tests any more. His stock is still reasonably high in white-ball cricket though.

I really like the look of Mahmood and hope he makes his debut soon although the noise is that Wood might be fit after all.
I can see why they've given Malan another go, with an away Ashes series coming up. And I think he's 'battle-hardened' in a way that some of the youngsters aren't and may stand up to the pressure. I hope they dispense with Curran...he cannot be in the best 3-4 available quick bowlers.
I'm scratching my head asto why they are picking Malan. All recent form is limited overs. Admittedly his last first class knock back in June yielded a knock of 199. But at 34, it isn't exactly looking towards the future is it?

The type of cricket being played at the moment isn't really helping England look for cricketers to slot into the test side. The last first class match was played at the start of June. The top first class scorer this season is Adam Lyth. Why not pick him, similar career to Malan and age?

With the emphasis on razzle dazzle cricket at the moment, it's going to be a lean next few years for England's test side. Feck it, why not give The Irish captain a go?
It’s all about the ashes....ever was ever will be. Malan has some test experience and would probably “do a job” in the short term. The county schedule has done absolutely nothing this season to help prepare for the tests and I fear this won’t change with the 100 getting priority in mid summer. How on earth the counties are supposed to be producing red ball cricketers good enough to step up to the test side is beyond me. The future is bleak.
It’s all about the ashes....ever was ever will be.
Is it?

This is the issue is it not? That the emphasis has clearly shifted towards the white ball. It clearly attracts the sponsors money as it attracts the crowds. The money clearly isn't going back into the first class game as there were only 10 first class games this year played from April - 1st week in June. Half of what there traditionally were. With our climate, English cricketers will play much less cricket than other countries at the first class level.

Let's just face it, we're just old fogies and our view of the way the game should be played is but a dim and distant memory.
Just enjoy the moment.... Am sure the post-tea session will give most/all of us the frighteners but we are due something other than collapsing like seaside deckchairs from everyone other than Root. I am sure the bowlers would appreciate more than 2 sessions before they bowl again. (Living in perpetual hope as an England supporter is something like a post-millennial owner of white Burgundy...surely one of these bottles has to not be poxed?