Omissions from Englands test squad

  • Jonny Bairstow, where has it all gone wrong for him with an average of less than 20 against Australia it’s no surprise he isn’t in the team. He also isn’t getting any older at 30 years old. His test future looks bleak.
  • Ben Foakes he without a doubt is the best wicketkeeper in the country. He has a test century and an average of 40 in test cricket. In addition to this Butler didn’t have a very good test match summer. Only looking himself in the final game. Is Butler at number 7 a luxury England can afford any more?
  • Lewis Gregory 51 wickets at 15.76 and 465 runs 29 with a 129 not out. A very good season and has performed well in all formats. Now if we compare that to Saquib Mahmood in division two. 136 runs at 17 and 21 wickets at 31. Now I’m not completely sure why the ECB has selected Mahmood and not Gregory. Mahmood bowls quicker than Gregory. But apart from that, I can’t think of another reason.
  • Jason roy a dreadful summer, not a test match player deservedly not in the squad.

2 thoughts on “Omissions from Englands test squad

  1. Bairstow cannot buy a run in red ball cricket and is not a good enough keeper to retain his place without weight of runs. Agree with you about Foakes and Gregory – both ought to be shoo-ins for the test squad, especially as Gregory is good enough with the bat to enable the selection of five top line bowlers, with Stokes’ playing almost purely as a batter (e.g if you go with only one spinner as would be likely in NZ Gregory at 7, Sam Curran at 8, Archer at 9, Leach and Broad bringing up the rear of the batting).

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