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They've dropped a clanger

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I see that Ian Bell's test match career looks to be over as he's finally been dropped from the team for the South Africa tour. My personal view is that this move is long overdue and I'm baffled why he was kept in the team for as long as he has been, considering how disappointing his performance has been for so long.

    Surely it would have been better to drop him a year ago to encourage him to fight his way back into the form that's required?
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Long overdue.

    I have a theory about Bell. Not sure if statistics bear it out as I don't have the figures but here goes.

    Most of his big innings came when England were in a comfortable position in the game or England were first to bat. He very rarely came out and made a big score if England were on the back foot.

    All this 'cultured batsman' and 'silky skill' stuff. Just make some bloody runs when it counts!
  4. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter


  5. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    My father always said the same about the late Tom Graveney - he preferred a Barington type of player who would be at his best when things were tough.
  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    That's the sound of your vuvuzela then Aspen
    Not very British but a real fan nevertheless :)

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