Duckett Dropped!

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No wonder he looks surprised!

How exactly do you think that the conversation went?

England Management: Ben. You know how you scored a career best 63 in only your third ODI in challenging and alien to you subcontinental conditions to help us chase down 277 and win the deciding ODI and ultimately the series in Bangladesh?

Ben Duckett: Yeah.

England Management: Well your reward is that you’ve been dropped. We’re bringing back the guys that were too scared to come and haven’t played any cricket recently.

Ben Duckett: !^*/~’^(/<**!

Let’s hope that Duckett was seething. Okay, there’s some logic in that he’s struggled in the Tests in India and will be facing the same bowlers in the same conditions but he could quite conceivably, having got shackled in the Tests, have gone out there with a bit more freedom and regained confidence. He definitely won’t have regained confidence by being told that he was “desperately unlucky” to miss out. What he must do now is start the 2017 domestic campaign with the sort of glutinous run-scoring that he maintained throughout the 2016 season. He is also only one injury (Or birth of Joe Root’s child) away from a recall.

Whilst Duckett’s absence is surely only temporary, Steven Finn’s time may be up. The Middlesex man misses out on both limited overs squads. Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball has clearly leapfrogged Finn in the pecking order in all forms of the game following his strong showing (7 wickets @ 19.85) in the Bangladesh ODI series.

Chris Jordan also makes the T20I squad with Chris Woakes rested.

For the record the squads are as follows: (Players in bold match Silly Point’s predictions as per yesterday’s post)

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/england-to-name-squads-for-india-odist20is/

ODI Squad:

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson,  Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes

Silly Point’s selections that didn’t make the cut were as follows:

Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn

T20I squad:

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales,  Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey

Silly Point’s selections that didn’t make the cut were as follows:

Steven Finn, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Chris Woakes

That’s a reasonable strike rate when it comes to our predicted squads.

ODI Squad: 12/15 correct

T20I Squad: 11/15 correct

In the actual squads named today there wasn’t much in the way of rotation / resting players and maybe we (I) got a little too experimental with call-ups for Tom Curran and Dawid Malan.

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