England's Ashes Test Team

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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?

Roy
Burns
Root
Ballance
Vince
Buttler or Bairstow
*Stokes
**Broad
Archer
Rashid
Anderson

* or Curran or Woakes
** or Wood
 

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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?

Roy
Burns
Root
Ballance
Vince
Buttler or Bairstow
*Stokes
**Broad
Archer
Rashid
Anderson

* or Curran or Woakes
** or Wood
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.

Ben Stokes is good enough to bat at 3 IMO
 

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I like Stokes as an all-rounder but I don't like all-rounders in the top 5 batting order. Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I like
5 specialist batsmen
1 wicketkeeper/ batsman
1 all-rounder
4 specialist bowlers.

Also pondering if a medium pace swing bowler would often be needed considering English weather conditions.
Think it's definitely the batting which needs attention. Roy is a huge bonus if he can adapt to Test cricket.
PS. I lost interest in County cricket when they divided the teams into 2 divisions
 

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How does Rashid get ahead of either Ali or Leach?

Roy
Burns
Bairstow
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Moeen
Woakes
Archer
Anderson
Wood/Broad/Leach depending on pitch, looks like spin Leach, quick Wood, seaming Broad, oh and Sam Curran probably in there somewhere, we have a fair few options, and I really like Foakes too, but we need to firm up the top order.

Hey there'll be injuries though, Jimmeh not fit atm.
 
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Lest 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):

Roy
Burns
Denly
Root
Bairstow
Stokes
Buttler
Moeen
Woakes
Archer
Anderson
 

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Lest 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):

Roy
Burns
Denly
Root
Bairstow
Stokes
Buttler
Moeen
Woakes
Archer
Anderson
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 ability
Roy
Burns
Root
Bairstow
Stokes
Buttler
Moeen
Woakes
Rashid
Archer
Anderson
 

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Wood and Archer out of contention for first Ashes test with injuries.
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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.
 
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