Chairman of Selectors
- Feb 10, 2010
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No one is comparing Gilly to Davies as though Davies is as good as him, people have just noted they play in a similar style (ie opening the batting and hitting from the off)
Secondly Davies scores his run in ODI cricket at a strike rate of 108 compared to Strauss' 80 so I have no idea what that part was in reference to.
The only thing similar to Gilly & Davies is that they are left. Davies has shown nothing in his internaitonal career that he can score @ the rate Gilly did.
Davies is more comparable to Nick Knight ATM.
Left-handed opener who are comparable to Gilchrist worldwide are Gayle, David Warner, Tamim Iqbal & Jesse Ryder.
Please show me in which of the 5 ODIs vs PAK & 1st ODI vs AUS, where Davies outscored Strauss?. I am not talking about their careers, when you compare them - listen to what i said. Since i really dont know what you have been watching of late, because quite clearly the Strauss/Davies opening partnership is two batsmen scoring generally at a similar rate.
(Interesting to note that in his 8 matches thus far Davies actually scores quicker than Gilly and Kieswetter).
At this stage thats all it is - interesting.
Kieswetter was dropped because he was averaging 26 for the duration of his ODI career and at the time was in awful form domestically and internationally. (Both Kieswetter and Lumb from the Twenty20 squad couldn't buy a run) To top this off Davies was in red hot form and was flaying attacks in the domestic competition all over the place at well over a run a ball.
I'd argue that it would have been more of a mistake to stick with Kieswetter in the worst form of his life than picking Davies in the form of his.
You make this sound like if Kiswetter has had a LONGGG ODI career. Before the ODI series vs ENG, he had just played 4 ODIs before BANG & SCOT combined. His ODI vs AUS was his 1st ODI home series coming up a very impressive T20 WC performance?. Does it mean nothing to you as i said that the fact that in that home ODI facing up to Tait & co & being exposed intially is no real shame, since few young batsmen in the world was going to score runs againts that quality pace attack in their 50th ODI series much less their 1st home ODI series??
Seconldy i didn't follow Kieswetter domestic ODI & T20 form much, if at all between the end of the AUS/BANG ODI in July & the start of the T20/ODIs vs Pakistan in September.
But his last two domestic pro-40 games heading into those PAK games where:
- Group A: Somerset v Surrey at Taunton, Aug 29, 2010 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 79 vs Surrey
- Group A: Worcestershire v Somerset at Worcester, Aug 30, 2010 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 107 vs Worcestershire
So although i haven't checked other games before these two. Surely its dumb logic to drop the incumbent man after he had scores like these, since that clearly shows he went into those games in form & not as you said "the worst form of his life".
Plus in those 2 T20 vs PAK he didn't look bad either. Played a rash shot in the 1st T20I. But in the second game in that short runchase he was smashing Gul (who later wrecked ENG in the ODI series) & was looking set for a big innings before Davies stupidly ran him out.
I also he played a very good innings on T20 Finals days.
Finally are you seriously criticizing Kieswetter's T20 WC performances when you made this statement...."(Both Kieswetter and Lumb from the Twenty20 squad couldn't buy a run)?
I have a suspicion that England will bring Prior in if Davies is dropped and play Prior in the middle order and open with Bell and Strauss. Given how Prior has done in the Test side, it's obvious he can bat better than his 25 average in ODIs suggests, maybe opening isn't for him, we don't have to have the keeper opening in ODIs.
The fact that Prior has nailed down the test spot could prove in his favour. Getting some murmurings from people I know that he's matured a lot, thus his improvement over the last year or so.
A keeper opening the batting is the only way to have a solid top 6 balance & 5 bowlers though. If as you suggest they open with Bell & play Prior in the middle, the top 7 looks sort of iffy:
Already you have a problem of Morgan batting @ 5, which for safety reason he shouldn't be higher than # 6. Given behind him you have bits & pieces batsman like Yardy, Bresnan, Swann, Broad, which if in a match that top order in ran through early, our innings would be over in no time.
Only if Flintoff where stll around would a keeper in the middle-order be ok the try.