Thursday, 20 July 2017

England squad for 3rd Test Match V South Africa throws up 4 questions on Team Choice

The squad for the 3rd Test against South Africa has been announced this afternoon, with the series at 1-1 and England on the back of a very heavy defeat in the 2nd Test. There has been a lot of speculation about how far the selectors would go to revamp an England side which has lost 6 out of the last 8 test matches.

The players that took the brunt of the criticism at Trent Bridge has been pretty much 4 players Jennings, Ballance, Dawson, and to some extent Wood.

The selectors have made some changes but they are still reluctant to be really ruthless with the chop, they never in actual fact used it. Gary Ballance has been ruled out through injury, and that is it.  Everyone else deemed good enough to keep their squad place.

Instead they have added two players to the squad Dawid Malan and Tom Westley and they do also have Toby Roland Jones already in the squad but of course he has not yet played. So they do have some options. They have not changed anything in the spin department.

One other player who many think should have got a call up is Mark Stoneman he has had a very good season after moving from Durham to Surrey to increase his chances of playing for England. He will be wondering what he has to do, and when he will get a chance, he surely has to be next.....haven't we said that before?

So I think this all means it throws up 4 vital questions as to what team we will see on 27th July at the Oval. Tom Westley has been told he will play at 3 and that was in the press release earlier.

1. Will they drop Jennings?........Probably not.
2. Who will come in for Ballance?.......Dawid Malan
3. Will Dawson keep his place, or will they play the extra batsman?......Tom Westley? Will depend on the pitch 
4. Will Wood or Roland Jones start? 


Root (Capt) Ali, Anderson, Bairstow, Broad, Cook, Dawson, Jennings, Malan, Roland Jones, Stokes, Westley, Wood.

So my expected team on the back of that is

Cook Jennings Westley Root Malan Stokes Bairstow Ali Broad Roland-Jones and Anderson.

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