Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo

The England Test squad has been announced and not without a few surprises (or not, depending how cynical you are. Nightwatchgirl is off the scale).

As it had already become public knowledge that Michael Vaughan would not be included and instead be forced to remember what it's like to get in to double figures, who his spot would go to came down to Owais Shah and Ravi Bopara. Shah has won this particular battle, which is not that greater surprise given his performances with the bat against South Africa during the summer (albeit in the ODI format).

The two spinners up for one spot saw a victory for Graeme Swann (v Samit Patel), which seems a shame as Patel proved both useful with the ball and bat.

However, the hotly awaited race is once again involving the wicketkeeper. Can no one make up their mind? First Prior, then Ambrose, then Prior again and now the selectors, like a man choosing between a burger and a beer at the cricket, have included both in the 15 man squad. When will they make up their mind and stick with just one?

And who has sneaked in the back quietly and without much of a fanfare? None other than Mr. Moody himself - Ryan 'I'm-too-good-for-the-team' Sidebottom. Who will he be shouting at next? With his ridiculous wispy hair and his short temper, Nightwatchgirl can't help but think that having that sort of player on a team is not helpful for morale, but also Harmison, Broad, Flintoff and Anderson proved that England can do just fine (if not better) without him.

Nightwatchgirl applied for her tickets at Lord's for the Ashes yesterday. The game just got serious...


DreamDancer said...

Yeah the squad was pretty much as expected. Sidebottom's inclusion is rather disappointing - I'm not a fan. With Anderson finally bowling like he should and Harmison back again we don't really need Ryan.

Good luck with the Ashes tickets. I've applied for mine as well.

Anonymous said...

Sidebottom won't get a game - nor should he. Since he's been injured, he's forgotten how to swing the ball. He needs 4000 overs of county cricket under his belt before it swings. He hasn't had that.

Luckily, i think the selectors know this and he'll not get a game. He's played his last Test.

Yes - good luck with those tickets...

The Nightwatchgirl said...

4000 hours of cricket community service to remember how to bowl and teach Ryan some manners. D, are you or are you not a High Court Judge? Come clean.

Anonymous said...

Damn. Outed. I always get outed on cricket blogs.

BTW - been enjoying your stuff - keep up good work NWG!