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The BBC will show highlights of every Test and one-day international played by England this summer, starting with the three-Test series against West Indies in July.

World Cup winner Isa Guha will present the programmes as cricket returns to BBC TV for the first time since 1999.

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Can't see Foakes coming back in he averaged mid 20's with the bat in red ball cricket last season, he's not had the cricket this season to make a real stake for it. I also want to move on from Denly at 3 and would go with Crawley instead, Denly is 34 and 6 50's in 24 innings and no test ton to his name. The other route I could see them going is Moeen Ali at 3 as a way to get 2 front line spinners in the side as Root doesn't like bowling himself. Bare in mind Root is also likely to miss the 1st test so Denly may get a reprieve anyway and Crawley in the side as well. If I was to predict what I think the first test line up will be then

  1. Burns
  2. Sibley
  3. Denly
  4. Pope
  5. Stokes
  6. Bairstow
  7. Ali
  8. Bess
  9. Woakes
  10. Broad
  11. Anderson
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Bess gets the nod, can hold up an end well so makes sense, seems they don't expect the pitch to turn as no 2nd specialist in the squad. Only change I'd have wanted to see was Dan Lawrence in the squad for Joe Denly who I think we need to sack off. Jos had something like 5 dismissals in an innings and was not out so makes sense he keeps the gloves as well. Foakes/Bracey get the reserve nods over Bairstow.

England squad: Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Reserves: James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes (wk), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone.

For me:

  1. Burns
  2. Sibley
  3. Crawley
  4. Denly
  5. Pope
  6. Stokes
  7. Buttler
  8. Bess
  9. Woakes/Archer (depending on pitch)
  10. Broad
  11. Anderson
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On 04/07/2020 at 12:15, Lrrr said:

Bess gets the nod, can hold up an end well so makes sense, seems they don't expect the pitch to turn as no 2nd specialist in the squad. Only change I'd have wanted to see was Dan Lawrence in the squad for Joe Denly who I think we need to sack off. Jos had something like 5 dismissals in an innings and was not out so makes sense he keeps the gloves as well. Foakes/Bracey get the reserve nods over Bairstow.

England squad: Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Reserves: James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes (wk), Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone.

For me:

  1. Burns
  2. Sibley
  3. Crawley
  4. Denly
  5. Pope
  6. Stokes
  7. Buttler
  8. Bess
  9. Woakes/Archer (depending on pitch)
  10. Broad
  11. Anderson

From that squad I agree and would play Archer over Woakes. Got a feeling Mark Wood might get the nod though.

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Ed Smith says we're looking at strength in depth for our ODI series with Ireland, no Pat Brown? Not easy to pick an XI there

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Laurie Evans (Sussex), Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Sussex), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire)

  1. Roy
  2. Bairstow
  3. Hain
  4. Morgan
  5. Banton
  6. Ali
  7. Gregory
  8. Curran
  9. Willey
  10. Rashid
  11. Topley
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31 minutes ago, Northern Red said:

The weather is supposed to be better for the next 3 days.

England have picked the wrong team on the wrong pitch and chosen the wrong option at the toss.

Other than that it's going swimmingly.

Can't even blame Root for this one

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15 hours ago, Northern Red said:

The weather is supposed to be better for the next 3 days.

England have picked the wrong team on the wrong pitch and chosen the wrong option at the toss.

Other than that it's going swimmingly.

Fairly obvious Broad should be in.

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8 minutes ago, Super said:

Fairly obvious Broad should be in.

My only justification for his dropping was whether he's fit enough to play so many games after a long spell with no matches. 

As a result he could be better suited for other pitches and a few extra days to tune his fitness? 

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