England make ‘wright’ decision with Luke

November 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

luke-wright-misses-outEngland’s decision to leave out Luke Wright from the team was the correct decision. The Sussex allrounder was left out of England’s 12-man team to face a Mumbai XI. He was replaced in the team by offspinner Graeme Swann and Ravi Bopara for the warm up game. The decision to inlcude Swann ahead of Luke Wright was a good choice by England as his off spin will be useful in spin friendly conditions. Swann adds something different to the current spinners in the team, Patel and the occasional Pietersen. He adds variation of length, line and pace, deliveries, and also has the experience of going on tour to the sub continent. He has also worked effectiviely in tandem with Samit Patel for Nottinghamshire, something which will be needed for him to do in India.

Luke Wright will feel unlucky to miss out as he hasn’t yet had a chance to
show what he can do. However, this is the main reason that he has been left
out of the team, because he isn’t really needed in a team that bats down to
number 9. His explosive batting maybe important for England later in the innings but realistically there wasn’t anyone else that could be taken off to accompany the extra spinner. England can’t risk removing a seamer from the bowling line up as they have so far bowled excellently and have taken regular wickets and bowled economically. Two of the seam bolwers are also allrounders, that are key to England’s team, one is Harmison, and the other, Anderson is only likely to be dropped to accompany the left arm seam of Ryan Sidebottom. In the batting department, the top six have become established members of the team, with only the openers’ position the only way into the side at the moment.

I am not sure why Ravi Bopara was included in the team if he did not bat or bowl, it looks like a strange decision, however, it suggests that Ravi is in the mind of the selectors to cover any injuries to the top six batsmen. His inclusion ahead of Wright could be down to the fact that his style of batting is suited to the conditions that will be faced and he also has played in the sub continent.


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