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Dando

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Agree.

But it's even worse, because I don't think Anderson and Bairstow are assured of a place. Jimmy will be rotated, Jonny could well be dropped, and Benny is bound to get injured.

Interesting stat on BBC that Bairstow's century was the first time he had passed 60 for 37 innings. That's not top order material.

So Root is left as the only guaranteed pick, and therefore the only possible captain.
can't they get Mike Brearley out of retirement?
 

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Agree.
Interesting stat on BBC that Bairstow's century was the first time he had passed 60 for 37 innings. That's not top order material.
There are two ways of looking at it with Bairstow. His record over the last couple of years is undoubtedly somewhere between average and downright awful, and for a good portion of that time it looked like he had fallen into the Monty Panesar trap whereby he was not so much playing ten Test innings as the same Test innings ten times. On the other hand, he should never have had the gloves taken off him, and the way he has been treated by the selectors (in, out, in, out, 6,3,5,fill in with the gloves, 3, 6 ad nauseum) does go a long way to explain why there might have been issues. I've said for the last year that they need to give him a defined role, a guarantee of six to eight straight games in it come what may, but be clear that there will not then be further recalls.
 

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There are two ways of looking at it with Bairstow. His record over the last couple of years is undoubtedly somewhere between average and downright awful, and for a good portion of that time it looked like he had fallen into the Monty Panesar trap whereby he was not so much playing ten Test innings as the same Test innings ten times. On the other hand, he should never have had the gloves taken off him, and the way he has been treated by the selectors (in, out, in, out, 6,3,5,fill in with the gloves, 3, 6 ad nauseum) does go a long way to explain why there might have been issues. I've said for the last year that they need to give him a defined role, a guarantee of six to eight straight games in it come what may, but be clear that there will not then be further recalls.
He’s been messed around definitely. He needs to focus on his batting though, not keeping. Buttler showed he was a much better keeper than Bairstow, and there’s nothing great about Buttler’s keeping.
 
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Could be a fun morning session in SA tomorrow now, they looked almost home and dry until India got Elgar with a strangle down the leg side last ball tonight.

Still the Saffers to lose, albeit they do have previous............
 

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Could be a fun morning session in SA tomorrow now, they looked almost home and dry until India got Elgar with a strangle down the leg side last ball tonight.

Still the Saffers to lose, albeit they do have previous............
Over the line with ease! 2-1 series win and we have Petersen and Jansen with good experience from this.
 

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Kohli steps down as Indian Test captain … maybe this will free him up as a batsman.

Smith also (reluctantly forced) gave up captaincy.

Will Root go down the same route?
 
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