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  1. Tough and close one but Gone for Kiras team - as an ODI attack his teams bowling is a bit better, and batting is probably got better balance too, with genuine middle order finishers coming in at 5 /6... whilst Ganguly and Watson are probably better top order bats. Both teams could do with better (or more) spin options
  2. A team from the leftovers: Greenidge, Trescothick, Brad Haddin, M. Yusuf, D Martyn, A Matthews, A Razzaq, Shakib Ul Hasan, Muhstaq Ahmed, J Gillespie, N Bracken
  3. If JC's team had one more specialist spinner, I think I would have backed it... batting and pace attacks are about equal, could say JC's batting is a shade better... bit short on quality spin for Chennai though
  4. Yeah, opening bats to win this- bowling is about on par but OB's batting lineup is much better
  5. Definitely do a test cricket one once this is over :D maybe with a proviso that only players who debuted after WW2 are eligible...
  6. Kiras team has a bit more balance to it- its got a stronger batting lineup... at Lords.. er, Lord/Slickers bowling will will be pretty good (better pace attack)'ll be a low scoring game but Kiras side to edge it because of the strength in batting. If Lords team has a top order wobble, theyve got Symonds and Botham as high as 5 and 6...not as much batting depth IMO
  7. Kartik deserves the call up he has been in good form, top scorer in the Vijay Hazare trophy which needs to be more of a guide than the IPL- so no non-cricketing reasons at all. Manish was a middle order bat, and Kartik is a like for like replacement. Experienced, and importantly- experience in England so a safer pick and this being an international tourno you cant blame them for going safety first. Had it been a meaningless bi lateral, then yes it would have been a backward step.
  8. BG this is a fantastic idea, wish I'd noticed it earlier would have liked to take part...
  9. One thing Ishant does have going for him is you know he will bowl long spells at a decent pace. Yes too many short and wide garbage in that though.
  10. Ishank Jaggi is worth considering too.
  11. India List A 'A' team: Mandeep Singh S Iyer Manish Pandey D Kartik Deepak Hooda Rishab Pant Hardik Pandya Axar Patel S Sharma Shardul Thakur Y Chahal Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, S Kaul, Mukund
  12. ^Those series were also the time to try new ODI openers, be it Mandeep or Mukund or Iyer. Yet again we went with Rahane vs NZ.
  13. The mistakes weren't in this squad but in the ODI squads for the home series over the last few months. That was the time to give younger players the experience so that they were not totally green coming into a big tourno. Once Yuvraj was picked vs England, everyone knew he was going to be playing CT. This squad was always going to read like this. It was against England and NZ that the likes of Hooda (potential successor to Yuvraj) Pant , even Manish should have been given more matches
  14. Alternative squad Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Manish, Hooda, Rishab, Hardik, Axar, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Shami Samson, Jadhav, Jadeja, Umesh