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Should England make changes ahead of Melbourne?

Will England stick with Finn and Colly? Plus, Tendulkar breaks more records and takes the spotlight off a second-rate Indian performance (40:03)

December 22, 2010

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Posted by dibble on (December 23, 2010, 1:23 GMT)

I think England should stick with the same personnel. Australia won't play as well at MCG - the pitch won't be as bouncy. Also the pressure is back on them as the team supposedly with momentum and they are basically fragile - especially at the top order of their batting. So England just need to remember Adelaide. As an Englishman, I'm banking on Swann coming good at some point and Collingwood coming back with a fighting knock. I would move Bell up to 5. Every great team must have a b 'blip' to realize what they must do to get back on top.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2010, 23:36 GMT)

England's attack looks tired and Finn would be my fall guy. I would pick Ajmal Shahzad as he gives the attack a more aggressive look in the absence of Broad. Colly is a gutsy batter and arguably England's best fielder, but has looked woefully out of touch - Morgan deserves his chance and he is a left hander which changes the dynamic of the middle order. We could always play 5 bowlers and pick Finn or Bresnan - and ask the batters to stand up and be counted. Test matches are won by bowlers after all - the batters decide by how much.

Posted by slartibartfast on (December 22, 2010, 14:00 GMT)

Yes, of course. They should drop Finn, the highest wicket in the team. Poor english players. One loss and suddenly chop and change galore. With nary a rationale.

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