England jump for Joyce

That makes no sense. You don't 'jump' for players. You select them. We'd change it, but we can't be bothered thinking of another title.

Sadly, England's selectors have selected Ed Joyce as Marcus Trescothick's replacement. We rate Ed Joyce highly, but at the end of the day, he's competing against Rob Key here. There's only one way we were going to go with that. The point's moot anyhow. Joyce is in. Owais Shah was also rejected, despite being the next in line when injuries took their toll in India earlier in the year.

We're a bit puzzled by the batting hierarchy at the minute, if Joyce is ahead of Shah and Key. We were trying to work it out and eventually decided that they'd plumped for Joyce on the basis of youth. We're not sure about this, because the next generation of England batsmen are pretty much playing already with Cook, Bell and Pietersen holding down regular spots. You can look too far ahead.

Then we checked ages. It turns out that Ed Joyce is the oldest of the three, followed by Shah and then Key (time's still on his side), so it has to be assumed that Ed Joyce is being selected on ability and nothing besides, which is how it should be, really. He certainly is a class batsman and we suppose that the selectors have given hints by repeatedly picking him in one-day squads.

He's still not Rob Key though. You can justify it of a fashion, but the fact is that it will take at least two further injuries to front-line batsmen for Rob Key to play a part in this series. Nobody should treat Rob Key this way. NOBODY.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012


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6 Comments:

Blogger scott c said...

I shouln't worry too much. I mean, an Irishman? In the England test team? On an Ashes tour?

He's the new Martin McCague.

5:01 pm  
Anonymous Jonny said...

Isn't Rob Key injured? I think he has a shoulder thing.

Or something.

5:16 pm  
Blogger Tim Wigmore said...

He deserves it. His average of 58 in Division One last season was 20 more than both Key and Shah.

10:02 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Rob Key has been 'hampered' by his shoulder following major surgery last winter.

Experts estimate that it has made a difference of 21 runs per innings.

He's better now though.

8:39 am  
Anonymous Jonny said...

It's a shame his batting isn't better, though.

3:16 pm  
Blogger Brian Carpenter said...

I thought they'd go for Key. I, with some Middlesex bias, would have gone for Shah. I think Fletcher probably 'likes' Joyce, in the same way as he 'likes' Jones and Giles, and probably doesn't 'like' Shah, whose poor fielding won't have helped him, given Fletcher's acknowledged liking for 'multi-dimensional cricketers'- i.e. doing one thing really well isn't as good as doing several things reasonably.

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2:02 pm  

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