July 26, 2008

South Africa in England 2008

Rest Broad, pick Harmison


While picking the side for the third Test, the Guardian's Mike Selvey thinks the selectors should include Steve Harmison and rest Stuart Broad, who has impressed more with the bat than with the ball in the Tests against South Africa.

Steve Harmison has done all that has been asked of him since he was omitted from the England side at Wellington back in March. He is bowling fast, into the ribs and is the country's leading wicket-taker. He should be brought back.

In the same paper, journalist Barney Ronay lists the attributes he shares with Darren Pattinson and wonders whether a national call-up is around the corner while David Mitchell has an interesting explanation for Pattinson's inclusion.

Meanwhile, over in the Times, Michael Atherton demands more accountability in the selection of the England squad. He also looks at the issue facing the selectors ahead of the third Test.

And the Independent's James Lawton thinks there has been a lack of professionalism in the England set-up since the 2005 Ashes and wants more responsibilty to lie with the team manager.


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