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Dave Morton
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Re: original post. we need a batsman

December 23 2016, 10:49 PM 

My assertion that Rash won't be available to us next season is based on the fact that he has been an ever-present in England's One Day team. Next season, the First Test is not until July, by which time we will have played 9 of our 14 Championship matches.

Rash may be available to us during the Tests, but the poor showing of Moeen in India casts a doubt on this too, but this will be irrelevant as far as Championship cricket is concerned. We would have him for the T20, I suppose, but there are only 3 Championship games during the whole period of the 7 Tests.

At the end of the season, as the Championship approaches its climax, England and Windies are competing in a series of T20 and ODIs. We might see Adil early season - otherwise, forget it.

I'm not much of one for arguing stats (except when they support my case!), but Rafiq's 3 wickets from 6 matches at an average of 90+ in 2016 are a pretty good indications of how he bowled. It would be great if he could turn it round, but I'm a lot more confident of Leaning and Rhodes having good seasons with the bat. Actually, I'm more confident of RAFIQ having a good season with the bat, rather than with the ball.

(Login Lewis_116)

Re: original post. we need a batsman

December 24 2016, 9:05 AM 

That's a very fair summary by Dave based on Rashid's availability.

That said I consider our pace attack more essential especially in the County Championship. I was always a bit miffed when we had Williamson that he wasn't bowled more as he's tidy. Hopefully if we get him that's something we can do.

I listened to a news report with Rafiq. He seems like a man whose ready. I am more than happy to give him a good run. He May never be a Leach, but Headingley may not be as soon friendly as Taunton last year.

I would be happy with a container who can bat and field as our seamers do the business most of the summer.

(Login Dwight_Schrute)

Re: original post. we need a batsman

December 24 2016, 9:24 AM 

Rashid Khan suggestion is superb.

Stephen Parry on the other hand..

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