Winter tours
Posted by: mikeindex (IP Logged)
Date: 16 September, 2019 13:37

New Zealand and South Africa. Distinctly English conditions for two Tests (+FIVE20s, ye Gods) and rather more Australian ones for four (+3 ODI, 3 T20).

Michael Vaughan's (test) squad, as announced on R5SX:
Burns, Denly, Sibley/Crawley;
*Root, Stokes, Pope;
2 of +Buttler/+Bairstow/+Foakes (JB/JB to be considered as specialist batsmen if BF plays as WK);
Anderson, Broad (only one of these two to play in any major match), Archer, Woakes, S.Curran;
Mooen, Leach.
(making 15, did I miss someone?)

As is his wont, Vaughan talked quite a bit of sense and quite a bit more that was less clearly so (nothing about the county game, where he tends to be less so); though his best moment was referring to Keith Saxelby, twice, as "the team masseuse".
Wonder how many different squads they'll select given the various formats/conditions.
Lewis, at the very least for NZ, seems a blindingly obvious pick, as the best swing bowler around who will also score useful runs at 7/8 in the Tests, and a devastating lower-middle batsman who will also pick up useful wickets in the T20s.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 16/09/2019 20:31 by mikeindex.

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