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    October 31, 2006

    He's back

    No, not he, but he!

    Actually, so are Kumble, Zaheer and Jaffer.

    But who cares!

    Ashley Giles has been passed fit for the Ashes. It can't get more woeful!

    I'm struggling to understand why Dinesh Karthik has come in as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh? What's the point in sending a reserve wicket-keeper for a one-day leg of the tour (1 practice game, 5 one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international)?

    Answers here in the form of comments are also sought as to what the point of picking Wasim Jaffer is. Is there a message being sent out to the incumbent openers (Sehwag and Tendulkar) that their inconsistent performances are no longer tolerable? Are the selectos serious about Jaffer being a short-term choice as one-day opener?
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 5:02 PM |
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    I have no clue...backup opener? Sehwag is obviously the guy likely to be replaced. My guess is they will play Sehwag for a few games and if he fails, play Wasim?

    Either way...rather odd selection. I doubt he will get a game..

    By Anonymous Anonymous (01-Nov-2006, 12:12:00 AM)  

    I can't see Sehwag being replaced. My guess is that it means either Sehwag or Tendulkar will be moved down the order. So if Jaffer does play, the line up (given pitches which tend to favour quick bowlers) could well be: Jaffer, Sehwag, Mongia/Raina, Tendulkar, Dravid, Kaif, Dhoni, Pathan, Kumble/Harbhajan, Munaf, Sreesanth/Zaheer. Alternatively, both Kumble and Harbhajan play and Pathan pairs up with Zaheer/Munaf.

    By Blogger Jagadish (01-Nov-2006, 12:27:00 AM)  

    I'm not sure what is a bigger death knell for England's chances in the Ashes: Giles' inclusion or the English team's exuberance at his inclusion.

    As I wrote on my blog, I cannot understand Jaffer, Karthik or Kumble's inclusion in the squad. New selectors, new whims.

    By Blogger The Enigma (01-Nov-2006, 12:06:00 PM)  

    The Enigma: last time out, Giles hit the winnings runs in one Test, and put together a crucial partnership with Kevin Pietersen in another. In between, he did some bowling.

    By Anonymous Geoff (01-Nov-2006, 6:14:00 PM)  

    geoff: Yes, Trent Bridge was tight. But those contributions from Giles were more than a year ago. He hasn't played [any] international cricket since. That's what makes his selection, and going by reports, his being a certain pick for Brisbane, intriguing [and to me, revolting!]. Hey, I have a constant theme. There're some cricketers I can't stand. Some of them are: Ashley Giles, Shane Watson, Azhar Mahmood, Ashish Nehra, Craig McMillan & Graeme Smith.

    By Blogger Jagadish (02-Nov-2006, 1:41:00 PM)  

    I'm with you on all but Gilo :-) Although the only reason I dislike Nehra is that innings in 2003.

    There's a bit of a trend, though. All of them (except Nehra) either bowl and bat a bit, or bat and bowl a bit. Not a fan of the bits and pieces?

    By Anonymous Geoff (02-Nov-2006, 8:56:00 PM)  

    geoff: I'll add a few more to the list and remove Macca, come to think of it. Add in Scott Styris, Andy Caddick, Justin Langer [to a large extent], Kumara Dharmasena and it isn't all about bits-n-pieces. There's something about them that makes my blood boil :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (02-Nov-2006, 11:32:00 PM)  

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