Friday, 31 October 2008

The $20,000,000 Line Up

The ECB have released the final England team line-up ready for Saturday. And not without a few surprises.

Gone is Ryan 'I'm Too Good For The Team' Sidebottom (how's your bank balance now, curly?) and James Anderson, replaced by Steve Harmison and Graeme Swann. And magically it seems everyone has recovered sufficiently from carrot chunksitis.

Now, NWG is all about forgiveness and redemption. She wants to move on and let the past be the past etc. etc. But, with Swann's track record, it seems slightly worrying to include him in a team where so much rides on every move each player makes. Who can forget that tragic over throw at the Oval against New Zealand? (Well, others might, but NWG can't, aside from the fact she was there witnessing the world's worst overthrow, Swann threw away that match without thinking through the options; it's all about the options)

The match on Saturday doesn't really mean anything to the average cricket fan. They are not privy to a cut of the winnings (how good would that be?), but when it comes down to it, a match is a match and England must be fired up to win, otherwise what's the point of even being alive? (Don't answer that)

England must perfect their Twenty20 strategies for the up and coming World Cup next year and this seems a good opportunity to have a go. So, it may be without spirit, it may be without (healthy or unhealthy) guts and glory, but an England win is good for the team, for the fans and for 2009.

Full Line Up:

Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen (capt), Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Samit Patel, Luke Wright, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steve Harmison

The Line Up for Nightwatchgirl's Super Series will be announced over the weekend.

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