Finnished?

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In the post Duckett Dropped!…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/duckett-dropped/

… Silly Point touched upon the notion that Steven Finn’s time as an international cricketer may be up. Having played one wicketless (And runless) Test in Bangladesh the Middlesex man hasn’t graced the turf in India and was omitted from both the ODI and T20I squads for when England return to India after opening their presents and feasting on some turkey.

It almost seems hard to believe that Finn has thirty-six Test matches under his belt complete with 125 wickets at an average of 30.40. He’s currently stranded on 98 ODI wickets at an average of 28.96 and hasn’t disgraced himself in T20Is either. However it’s all seemed a bit of a struggle in recent times and it’s as though the England selectors keep providing him with one more chance to rediscover the Steven Finn that first arrived on the international scene way back in 2010.

His omission from the limited overs squads did seem to spell the end for the Watford Wall but maybe there’s hope yet. Andrew Strauss’ radical North v South idea (Okay, it’s not that radical, he nicked it from New Zealand and actually they did it in England years ago!) allowed a computer to pick some players but the England selectors have found a place for Finn in the, to quote Moby, Southside…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/story/1073030.html

… With Jake Ball seemingly the heir apparent to James Anderson, life in the old dog Broad (Despite recent injuries), the ECB’s evident desperation to get Mark Wood fit and the likes of the Curran Brothers (No they didn’t sing Let Your Love Flow, that was the Bellamy Brothers!) and Finn’s county colleague Toby Roland-Jones also in the selectors thoughts, twenty-seven-year-old Finn will need a confident showing and ultimately a wicket taking one in the three one-day games to be played in Dubai in March. A poor showing however and Steven Finn may become, despite his lack of Scandinavian heritage, Steven Finnished!

International Duck Watch!

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India sealed an inevitable Test series victory against England with a comprehensive innings and 36-run victory in the third Test in Mumbai earlier today.

During England’s pitiful second innings 195 all out Chris Woakes joined yesterday’s ducklings Keaton Jennings and Moeen Ali in the bar at The Duck Club.

The teams now head to Chennai for the fifth and final Test and it’ll be interesting to see if England squad members such as Ben Duckett and Steven Finn (Both omitted from the limited overs squads) as well as the likes of Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty and the uncapped Liam Dawson are presented with a chance to salvage, or in Dawson’s case start their Test careers. You would imagine that captain Cook will want his strongest team available though as England attempt to save face and gain a consolation victory and for Cook, save his future.

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.

England to Name Squads for India ODIs/T20Is

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England will name their squads for the post Christmas ODI and T20I series’ against India, both three-match affairs, on monday. England are likely to avoid too much experimentation and save that for the matches against West Indies and Ireland in February and May. That’s not to say that there won’t be a little squad rotation.

Captain Eoin Morgan as well as opening batsman Alex Hales will come straight back into the side after opting out of the Bangladesh tour because of security concerns. Joe Root, rested for the limited overs leg of that tour will also return. That means that for the ODIs at least, perennial starter James Vince will pay the price for not going onto makes scores of substance. England will be keen to persist with many of their limited overs specialists and provide opportunity to those that have mostly sat on the bench during the Bangladesh / India Test tours. That means Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow, both of whom are burdened with great responsibility in the Test arena may be amongst those that have earned a respite.

Adil Rashid’s continued progress may grant him further responsibility in the ODIs without the safety net of Moeen to back him up. Liam Dawson, who has been playing T20 in the Bangladesh Premier League and was this week added to the Test squad, will be in the party and Joe Root can provide an occasional off-spin option.

Sam Billings recorded a maiden ODI fifty (62) in the deciding match in Bangladesh but will have to drop down the order to make way for the return of Hales and Jason Roy who was injured for that match. Both deserve to recombine at the top of the order for England. Billings of course provides wicket-keeping cover for Jos Buttler as does Ben Duckett who despite his travails in Test match cricket merits retaining his place in the ODI side. He made scores of 60, 0 and 63 in Bangladesh and like Billings will hope to avoid being dropped the match after registering a career best. All that adds upto Jonny Bairstow sitting out. Scores of 0,35 and 15 in Bangladesh didn’t quite make Bairstow demand a regular place in the ODI side as ridiculous as it might seem to omit him.

England will be keen to provide Jake Ball (5-51 on ODI debut Bangladesh) and Steven Finn with game time as well as Liam Plunkett. Plunkett was injured for the first two matches of the Bangladesh series and didn’t have a game to remember (0-51) in his sole outing in the third but merits retention in the squad. David Willey (15-2-82-0 in the series) is another one who didn’t have an outstanding time against the Tigers but his left-arm provides variety in the attack and again he is one who England will feel it is worth further investment. England may also be tempted to rest Chris Woakes and that could benefit Surrey’s Tom Curran. The Surrey man recently took 5-16 as well as scoring 40 with the bat for England Lions against UAE in Dubai.

For the T20Is summer debutant Tymal Mills, currently playing in New Zealand and like Dawson having played in the BPL last month will come into the squad and could simply be an addition rather than sending anyone home. If England do decide to tinker then Dawid Malan who made the squad but not the XI in the summer and has produced a couple of match winning innings in the BPL could also come in. Moeen and Woakes would likely come back in for Duckett and Curran with the likes of Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes taking a rest. James Vince might also sneak back into the T20I squad.

What was I saying about avoiding too much experimentation?!

Predicted ODI Squad:

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey

Predicted T20I squad:

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes