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It’s never too early to be thinking about The Ashes

 In Ashes, Cricket

An article by David “Bumble” Lloyd caught our eye recently.

The Sky Sports commentator was looking ahead to The Ashes in Australia and selecting some players who he would include.

He goes as far as to say that he would “camp outside Rashid’s house, speak to his family on a daily basis and if he’s got any doubts about his shoulder, get him the best medical treatment there is in the world and get him in the team.” and we don’t disagree.

Rashid is without question the best spinner that England have. He’s the only one who can spin it both ways and has been an invaluable member of the white-ball team. He has also had the better of many of the Australian batsman who could feature down under next year.

There are obvious question marks over the fitness of his shoulder but it would be a travesty if he wasn’t on the plane to Australia.

Also in the article, Bumble calls for Jonny Bairstow to be given a chance to open the batting in the Test team. His form in ODI is superb and his technique is incredibly simple compared to Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, both of whom have done pretty well since pairing up at the top of the order for England.

However, the rate at which England score is a huge concern for Lloyd who says Bairstow and Zac Crawley would give England more of a chance to reach the 350+ scores with a quicker run rate than what Burns and Sibly could give you.

Once again we wouldn’t disagree. Crawley look very solid against quick bowling with a good technique which is what you need to score runs in Australia.

So what should England’s team be for the first Ashes Test match?

Here’s how we would go:

Bairstow
Burns
Crawley
Root
Stokes
Buttler (wkt)
Woakes
Rashid
Broad
Archer/Wood
Anderson

Click HERE to read Bumble’s full article

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