Cannot see how Vince gets in above either of Bairstow or Buttler. Ballance has been in great form in the County game and is a valid suggestion but past failure at test level is an issue.Thanks, Alistair. I'm no expert and don't follow County cricket any more, but for what it's worth I'd prefer a more solid batting line-up . Obviously selection depends on the wicket/conditions, but usually in England it's not really a spinner's wicket, right?
Buttler or Bairstow
* or Curran or Woakes
** or Wood
Pretty similar to how see things but feel Root needs to step up to the plate and bat 3 - This is my predicted XI - extra bowler being Rashid as there is enough batting abilityLest we forget we play another Test before the Ashes...!
I think Roy will be given a chance even though he doesn't even open for Sorry. I have massive reservations about his ability in the red ball game especially up top, but then I also have massive reservations about Buttler in red ball stuff and he has done alright since coming back in, so what do I know, etc.
Archer will be nailed on to play, so I'm starting to think Broad is coming to the end of the road after a modest season with the ball so far for Notts.
Joe Denly remains in very good form, I wouldn't rule him out of a spot in England's top 3/4.
So maybe this then (assuming Anderson is fit):
I believe Wood is out for 4-6 weeks. Yesterday the team manager said Archer was being rested for the Ireland game. This morning the Beeb said he had a side strain, but didn't comment about the Ashes. Are you sure he's out for the Ashes.Wood and Archer out of contention for first Ashes test with injuries.