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Post by amanuensis Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:32 am

First topic message reminder :

Is it just me, or is anyone else increasingy puzzled by the latitude granted to the Essex man? He averages 30, thanks to lots of red ink, at a very ordinary strike rate & has only passed 60 once in 70 innings! Why is he still in the team? It certainly can't be because of his fielding, which is pretty ordinary. Do they really need his bowling now with 5 specialists in the side? Are the alternatives so utterly awful? Can anyone enlighten me?

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Post by mystiroakey Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:26 am

i think bops has avearaged 80 with the bat and 14 with the ball this series.. lol what a performance

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Post by JDizzle Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:29 am

He only does it against the weaker sides though... This Australia side is no better than Bangladesh A. Whistle

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Post by ShankyCricket Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:33 am

Excellent Ravi excellent. Time for some humble pie, Shanks.

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Post by Shelsey93 Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:29 am

I think this thread highlights how good every one of our players are. Every time someone on here questions a player - and this year we've had Bresnan, we've have Tredwell, we've had Bell in one-dayers. and we've had Bopara - they deliver the goods.

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Post by mystiroakey Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:51 am

yeah we question them all- back to questioning bres again because i want finn to have another crack

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Post by Fists of Fury Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:55 pm

See I don't think it is a case of questioning Bresnan - we all know what a fine cricketer and valuable contributor he has been - but more a case of realising that it is an almighty struggle to hold Finn back.

If Finn is to play it is because he is deemed a bigger and different threat with the ball, not because Bresnan isn't good enough.

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Post by liverbnz Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:08 pm

I really hope this is a corner turned for Bopara. There's 10 Tests from now until the end of the New Zealand tour and that's probably a fair time frame for him to show that he's capable at Test level.

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Post by Shelsey93 Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:16 pm

liverbnz wrote:I really hope this is a corner turned for Bopara. There's 10 Tests from now until the end of the New Zealand tour and that's probably a fair time frame for him to show that he's capable at Test level.

Agreed. Though a failure against SA would probably be enough to see him axed, particularly if the team lose.

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Post by ShankyCricket Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:01 pm

Fists of Fury wrote:See I don't think it is a case of questioning Bresnan - we all know what a fine cricketer and valuable contributor he has been - but more a case of realising that it is an almighty struggle to hold Finn back.

If Finn is to play it is because he is deemed a bigger and different threat with the ball, not because Bresnan isn't good enough.
Wow. Finally, someone understands what some of us have been trying to say. clap

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Post by mystiroakey Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:55 pm

we have loads of bowlers that are good enough.. SA is gonna be the stringest test though. I think i am questioning more at the moment because i want perefction

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Post by Guest Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:20 am

this time personal issues forcing him out of the game..

i worry about ravi at test level......he gets chances and either gets injured or issues come up, will it ever all fall into place for him?!

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