Wednesday, 19 January 2011

England's World Cup Reaction

OK, so the squad's been announced. And I didn't do too badly. Knowing there was a 'shock' selection, I went left-field. I didn't go obvious.

So the changes to my squad. Jimmy Adams was a long shot, but he didn't make it. In his places comes James Tredwell as spin cover, but do England need three spinners? However, knowing that Graeme Swann has a new injury, and that his wife is likely to give birth at any stage of the tournament (with him probably to fly home at short notice), his selection is fairly understandable. And the other ('shock') selection is Matty Prior getting the nod ahead of Steve Davies.

While dropping Davies after only a few goes (and a good attacking innings only the other day) may seem harsh, some would argue that dropping Prior in the first place was harsh. Prior's certainly in form with the bat, with big scores in the Ashes, and then early in his Big Bash stint (which has now ended as Prior's coming up to join the ODI squad), but it is an about-turn for the selectors, who evidently believed at one stage that both Craig Kieswetter and then Steve Davies were better bets for the job. But whatever, no complaints.

So that's the 15 men England have chosen. Let's just hope they can bring it home. Sprit of '66 and all that...

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