Monday, 6 April 2009

ECB = 5

Now the ECB have blown it.

Andrew Strauss, after being named man of the series for the West Indies ODI games, has now been left out of the Twenty20 World Cup. OK, so he's not the biggest hitter in the world, but he does provide some stability to the team. Something that England desperately need.

C-o-n-s-i-s-t-e-n-c-y. It's a big word. They need to learn how to spell it.

Who are they going to pick? KP? Flintoff?

The only sensible thing to come out of the press conference was that they have finally picked Graham Napier.

One step forward. Three steps back.

When will they learn?


Metatone said...

Hm, at least according to Booth at GU, it was Strauss' choice. He felt he needed the break?

The Nightwatchgirl said...

He was probably forced to say that. Surely no cricketer worth his salt is going to turn down captaining their country. Maybe they drugged him and forced him to sign the paper.

Metatone said...

NWG: I don't think so. It's the smart move if you know:

a) It's really not your natural game.

b) You need time to keep working on your technique.

I know the English sporting establishment is utterly unused to putting analytical thinking ahead of blind drum-thumping "passion and patriotism", but to me it looks like a hopeful sign.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

you're far too sensible.

Amy said...

Rob Key will probably be the one to captain England. A little continuity would have been nice though, with the addition of Strauss.

Still, it's the ECB. What did you expect?

adverbin said...

What is all the fuss about T20 world cup. It is time to be planning for the Ashes not some vulgar johny cum lately. Pick the Ashes aquad and omit them from all sideshows like this T20 nonsense. Leave such stuff to gaudy uncouth Indians.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Rob Key? Noooooooooooooooooooooo

Unknown said...

Im plumping for Key to be captain.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Once again: noooooooooooooooooo

GoodCricketWicket said...

Sorry to continued a theme, NWG, but Rob Key simply MUST be captain.

It's either that or Flintoff again, whose last tournament as captain was slightly less successful than, say, Napolean's invasion of Russia.

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Ben and Goodcricketwicket: Rob Key's got a fat chance of becoming England captain. He's far too weighty a candidate. England need someone more lighthearted.

cricketanalysisdotcom said...

I didn't think Strauss looked too bad for T20 in the one-day series at all. He looked fluent in the shortened contest.
The big bashers are slightly over-rated in this form - one or two players that can rebuild an innings with good placement and sensible shots also have value to a side.
On the other hand it is nice to see England giving some of their top domestic specialists a chance. Maybe they will actually do well for once at the format they came up with.