Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Strauss misses the cut

Andrew Strauss has been left out of England’s 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 competition in June. Quite right too. He may have ‘suddenly’ become a 50-over player but he is in no way a T20 player. However, Andrew Strauss captained England’s last T20 match and did about as badly as everyone else.

Did they pick him in the Caribbean knowing he wasn’t the man for the job? Probably, they really are that stupid.

Did the one match he played force him to be dropped? I would hope not, he did as badly as everyone else.

After captaining in the previous match how did he suddenly become not worth mentioning in the best 30 players? Error, does not compute.

Do the England selectors have even the slightest clue what they are doing?

The full squad: Kevin Pietersen, Kabir Ali, James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Stephen Davies, Joe Denly, James Foster, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Rob Key, Sajid Mahmood, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Shaun Udal, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.


GoodCricketWicket said...

England selectors are not paid to know what they are doing. Strauss himself admits he is no T20 player.

Likely they will pick all the contracted players and a few bit-parters.

But there is scope to be more sensible if some miracle occurs.

Mahesh said...

>>Do the England selectors have >>even the slightest clue what they >>are doing?

England selectors and slightest clue in the same sentence? Common Rob :)

Looks like a decent squad in paper though, we will have to wait and see how they perform. Not that I will be watching it, my own fight against T20.

Brian Carpenter said...

Dead right, Rob, no logic, but then when did logic and English selections have any relationship with each other? I wasn't at all surprised by this and it does make sense, even if his selection in the Windies didn't.

Out there I think it was just a case of 'he's here, he's the captain, so we may as well play him'. With time to think about it and a few more players available they've realised that he's not a T20 player.

Not that I want to be seen to be standing up for them, you understand...