India in England 2014 July 22, 2014

Buttler replaces Prior for third Test

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'Buttler vibrancy what England need'

England have included Jos Buttler in their 13-man squad for the third Investec Test against India, confirming him as the successor to Matt Prior behind the stumps. Simon Kerrigan, the Lancashire spinner, has also been left out but the squad is otherwise unchanged.

A delay to the announcement had led to speculation about whether Alastair Cook would continue as captain - despite asserting he would not give up the role on Monday - but the ECB release eventually contained no surprises.

Prior chose to stand down from international cricket and work on returning to fitness after England's damaging defeat at Lord's, accepting that he may have played his last Test. Buttler, 23 and England's regular limited-overs wicketkeeper, was called up as cover for Prior before the first India Test and is now in line for a debut at the Ageas Bowl.

There were calls for Buttler to be promoted after he scored the fastest ODI century by an England player, against Sri Lanka in May, although Cook said at the time he was not ready for the step up to Tests. Buttler averages 33.32 in first-class cricket but has been in good form for his new county, Lancashire, with one century and five fifties so far this season.

Ben Stokes might be considered the player whose position is most at risk, after making three consecutive ducks - to go with seven wickets at 33.14 - in two Tests. Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes provide other all-round options in the squad.

Stokes' bowling average is actually better than his senior colleagues, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett, and England have previously indicated that some rotation may be necessary during the series. Anderson is to face a Level 3 disciplinary charge at the conclusion of the third Test, which could see him banned for the final two matches.

"The result of the second Investec Test at Lord's was very disappointing," James Whitaker, the national selector, said. "One or two of our players had encouraging performances, however, it is vital that the squad learns quickly and arrives in Southampton this week refreshed and ready to perform well in what will no doubt be another tough Test match.

"Congratulations to Jos Buttler who comes into the squad following some very exciting limited overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season and fully deserves this opportunity. Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests. He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming months. "

England squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

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  • ram4crictheory on July 22, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    This England team is currently not as bad as it is looking. If you look at the young players in the team they are very promising. The only problem is the way this team is being handled. I somehow see a lot of resemblance with this current England team and Australian team under Mickey Arthur. Sacking Arthur and giving the reins to Darren Lehmann and few other changes here and there again made the formidable Australian team inching towards the top again. I strongly believe similar adjustments will do a world for good for this England team.

    A team will always succeed when they play as a team. Differences between players and boards are the dangerous catalysts in ruining the team as differences always form groups and the team which has additional groups in it instead of playing as one group is definitely bound to fail.

    Hopefully England will address this very soon and help in test cricket's survival.

  • on July 27, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Looks like a good teamsheet today. Good to see Jordan back in. Very excited for Buttler....let's play!

  • IanHosier on July 24, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Buttler certainly has good potential, but he had to change counties over the winter, as he couldn't get the keepers gloves away from Kieswetter at Somerset - and England don't even use Kieswetter in the ODIs any more, let alone Tests. At the start of the season, England should have selected James Foster as keeper, to allow Buttler a full season at Lancs, to work on his 'red ball' game. Foster is the best gloveman in the country (possibly, the World), not a bad bat, an established county captain, and a good friend of Cook. He could have added a great deal for at least this season.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @Amit Shukla (post on July 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT): Outside of Australia and South Africa, Warner averages 24. So whilst I'm warming to the luxury of having an explosive opener (loved watching the likes of Hayden and Sehwag in their prime), in places like U.K. where we get a lot of movement/swing attacking openers have generally not done so well in international tests. So I doubt we'll be seeing the likes of Hales, Lyth, Carberry etc. this series however good they're doing in County.

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    alex hales should replace cook in the test team and bell should be made the captain. england must realise that these days explosive openers are a must in tests. alex hales can be englands david warner in tests. england xi = hales, robson, balance, bell (c), root, moeen, buttler (w), jordan, broad, anderson, plunkett

  • bronco1 on July 24, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    On one hand we must remember we are a changing team, on the other the "senior" players have under performed hugely. I think our bowling attack lacks variety, Stokes was the only one to bowl a decent length/line & once Plunkett dropped the ridiculous leg theory idea he looked very dangerous. If we added Gurney & Finn, & stick with Moeen Ali & give him a proper bowl, then I reckon we would have a threatening attack. Anderson & Broad don't deserve a place on current form. I don't understand why Cook doesn't drop down the order, bring in Carberry to open with Robson. Bell to miss out out until Cook drops himself.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Need 2 major Changes.. Chris Jordan in place of Stokes and Butler for prior for obvious reason.. Would have liked to replace cook with Morgan..

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Problem with England is that they always look for players who can bat a bit and bowl a bit. they want their batting up to no. 11. Moin Ali, Stokes, Plunkett, Jordan, Woakes .. these players are in England side because of this theory. Stokes wouldn't have played in the 2nd test. There are better bowlers who can replace him. Finn, Onions, Tremlett... but oh!!! these players cannot bat.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @SandhyaMohan (post on July 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT): as pointed out by my friend JG2704 before, Swann in fact is perhaps the biggest loss to the side. Yes the current line-up have scraped together 20 wickets, but not cheaply enough and the seamers are much too one-dimensional for my liking. In good form and fully fit, yes I'd definitely agree Trott and KP would be breaths of fresh air and restore some confidence in the batting department (I particularly miss the former). But one recent ton, whilst reassuring, is not quite enough to restore faith in Trott to be rushed back in, and I'm struggling to think of anything noteworthy other than amusing tweets that the other one has done of late to justify a sudden return to the fold. So no, in current form/hiatus, we are in fact not missing either of those two players at all.

  • Mastervillain on July 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    I do feel sorry for Kerrigan, who appears to have been messed around. I think the selectors are wary of picking a new spiinner, be it Kerrigan, Borthwick, Riley or Rashid. However, at some stage they will have to take the plunge.

    I think Moeen is a half decent option, but needs more exposure to develep his bowling. Whether the test arena is the right environment is debatable. That is not to suggest he is not picked because I think he is a good all rounder in the making, more the fact he should not be our primary spin exponent.

    Broad needs a break. Anderson does too, but we cannot dismantle the front line attack completely. I hope Finn is an option again soon because he should be opening with Anderson. Plunkett and Jordan look decent supporting players. Stokes is out of sorts, so Jordan should come in.

    I doubt Cook as an leader, but not as an opener. I hope he get a break soon, but suspect a good innings will be translated as he has turned the corner as skipper - not so.

  • ram4crictheory on July 22, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    This England team is currently not as bad as it is looking. If you look at the young players in the team they are very promising. The only problem is the way this team is being handled. I somehow see a lot of resemblance with this current England team and Australian team under Mickey Arthur. Sacking Arthur and giving the reins to Darren Lehmann and few other changes here and there again made the formidable Australian team inching towards the top again. I strongly believe similar adjustments will do a world for good for this England team.

    A team will always succeed when they play as a team. Differences between players and boards are the dangerous catalysts in ruining the team as differences always form groups and the team which has additional groups in it instead of playing as one group is definitely bound to fail.

    Hopefully England will address this very soon and help in test cricket's survival.

  • on July 27, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Looks like a good teamsheet today. Good to see Jordan back in. Very excited for Buttler....let's play!

  • IanHosier on July 24, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Buttler certainly has good potential, but he had to change counties over the winter, as he couldn't get the keepers gloves away from Kieswetter at Somerset - and England don't even use Kieswetter in the ODIs any more, let alone Tests. At the start of the season, England should have selected James Foster as keeper, to allow Buttler a full season at Lancs, to work on his 'red ball' game. Foster is the best gloveman in the country (possibly, the World), not a bad bat, an established county captain, and a good friend of Cook. He could have added a great deal for at least this season.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @Amit Shukla (post on July 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT): Outside of Australia and South Africa, Warner averages 24. So whilst I'm warming to the luxury of having an explosive opener (loved watching the likes of Hayden and Sehwag in their prime), in places like U.K. where we get a lot of movement/swing attacking openers have generally not done so well in international tests. So I doubt we'll be seeing the likes of Hales, Lyth, Carberry etc. this series however good they're doing in County.

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    alex hales should replace cook in the test team and bell should be made the captain. england must realise that these days explosive openers are a must in tests. alex hales can be englands david warner in tests. england xi = hales, robson, balance, bell (c), root, moeen, buttler (w), jordan, broad, anderson, plunkett

  • bronco1 on July 24, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    On one hand we must remember we are a changing team, on the other the "senior" players have under performed hugely. I think our bowling attack lacks variety, Stokes was the only one to bowl a decent length/line & once Plunkett dropped the ridiculous leg theory idea he looked very dangerous. If we added Gurney & Finn, & stick with Moeen Ali & give him a proper bowl, then I reckon we would have a threatening attack. Anderson & Broad don't deserve a place on current form. I don't understand why Cook doesn't drop down the order, bring in Carberry to open with Robson. Bell to miss out out until Cook drops himself.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Need 2 major Changes.. Chris Jordan in place of Stokes and Butler for prior for obvious reason.. Would have liked to replace cook with Morgan..

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Problem with England is that they always look for players who can bat a bit and bowl a bit. they want their batting up to no. 11. Moin Ali, Stokes, Plunkett, Jordan, Woakes .. these players are in England side because of this theory. Stokes wouldn't have played in the 2nd test. There are better bowlers who can replace him. Finn, Onions, Tremlett... but oh!!! these players cannot bat.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @SandhyaMohan (post on July 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT): as pointed out by my friend JG2704 before, Swann in fact is perhaps the biggest loss to the side. Yes the current line-up have scraped together 20 wickets, but not cheaply enough and the seamers are much too one-dimensional for my liking. In good form and fully fit, yes I'd definitely agree Trott and KP would be breaths of fresh air and restore some confidence in the batting department (I particularly miss the former). But one recent ton, whilst reassuring, is not quite enough to restore faith in Trott to be rushed back in, and I'm struggling to think of anything noteworthy other than amusing tweets that the other one has done of late to justify a sudden return to the fold. So no, in current form/hiatus, we are in fact not missing either of those two players at all.

  • Mastervillain on July 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    I do feel sorry for Kerrigan, who appears to have been messed around. I think the selectors are wary of picking a new spiinner, be it Kerrigan, Borthwick, Riley or Rashid. However, at some stage they will have to take the plunge.

    I think Moeen is a half decent option, but needs more exposure to develep his bowling. Whether the test arena is the right environment is debatable. That is not to suggest he is not picked because I think he is a good all rounder in the making, more the fact he should not be our primary spin exponent.

    Broad needs a break. Anderson does too, but we cannot dismantle the front line attack completely. I hope Finn is an option again soon because he should be opening with Anderson. Plunkett and Jordan look decent supporting players. Stokes is out of sorts, so Jordan should come in.

    I doubt Cook as an leader, but not as an opener. I hope he get a break soon, but suspect a good innings will be translated as he has turned the corner as skipper - not so.

  • SandhyaMohan on July 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    If England have TROOTT & KP in their line up, that should be all together a different story. England desperately missing these 2 players .

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 24, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @landl47 (post on July 23, 2014, 20:40 GMT): I'm a fan of Compton personally, but that ship has sailed or perhaps even sunk out at sea somewhere and I'm not one of the posters that goes on and on about players that will seemingly never play (again) for England. Yes I do mention KP now and again, but I'm not adamant/saying that he should be brought back; just curious and looking forward to finding out once and for all what it was all about.

    I agree Cook will not go anywhere this summer, for better or worse. Yes he is very good player; but I'd say he's been in poor form for far too long. Sometimes I get the feeling that one big (albeit scratchy) innings is all he needs and might be just around the corner; other times it all seems hopeless and rather pitiful to watch. It's not easy for selectors. I'm just worried that waiting until the end of a big series will be too little too late. England need a few golden parachutes; alas all I see/read about these days is heavy bricks/dead weight.

  • JG2704 on July 24, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    @CodandChips on (July 24, 2014, 7:21 GMT) I have to say re the Sky pundits that they all seem unable to differentiate between how players perform in different formats and they seem not to follow the CC scene too much. It's like a few quickfire 50s in T20 are as important as a consistent run of form in the CC. Even Read's SR this season in the CC is better than Buttler. His ave is 5 better this season and we all know how their WK abilities compare. As others (I think you included) have hit on it's not just the runs a keeper scores with the bat but the potential runs he could cost the side with missed chances etc. The other point is that Buttler's SR is 59 in 1st class cricket - not terrible but hardly groundbreaking either. This surely suggests that he doesn't carry his aggression so much from SFs to the 1st class game and is he expected to change his game back to be more aggresssive at international level? This is the main reason why I doubt his aggression in test cricket

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I think Buttler will struggle personally in the situations where he might come in 5 or 6 down for 80 runs or whatever and having to block and play a long careful innings.

  • scarab666 on July 24, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    England has the talent alright to be a formidable team but mentally they are weak. So this needs to be addressed and its obvious the current coach is not up to it, they need their own Darren Lehmann.

  • vijaysandeep on July 24, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Better sign for England team going to the third test. A generous move from Matt to understand his current state towards providing what is best for the team. I wish Alastair could have done something similar before the series, a good example to offer Hashim Amla making some history re-written on his new captaincy assignment. Another question could be the fact that if not Alastair, who is the one in the current setup if he would have stepped down (so wished to have KP as captain, after a good transformed role he did with Delhi Daredevils showing lots maturity as a leader)

    On the agreed setup, Yes, Jos has the potential but has no time to do take it over granted and should responsibly take the position and earn the spot cementing for the future. Yet, I am personally disappointed to not have chosen Chris Jordan in the place of Ben Stokes who had not significantly done anything or has a surprising weapon in the armory. Nevertheless, it is going to be yet another uphill task, can't wait 2 c

  • CodandChips on July 24, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    @JG2704 The sky commentators love Buttler. They don't mention anyone else. While they disagree loads on Cook (each person seems to suggest something different), the only keeper they seem to mention is Buttler. Atherton also said that they shouldn't "go back to Foster".

    Then again, their credibility is damaged slightly by the fact many of them want Carberry in some sort of England squad.

    When Buttler comes in he needs to be given time. Don't expect him to be a Gilchrist/Prior/ODI Buttler instantly. Be patient. There's huge expectations on his batting.

    Don't get me started on the Saints transfer policy this season.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 24, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    "It is not what you know" - Never was this oft-said expression more apt than in the current selection process of the English test team.

    Anderson and Cook should be removed but they were not. Why? obviously they have friends in the right places. It is evident that the selection process is "smelly" suggesting a deep-seated problems with the selection process and a long, long time before selection decisions are made based only on merit.

    The result? Below-par performance for some years to come for the English test team

  • cricpanther on July 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Good move by England and started for good moves, next moves also requires. Hopefully England will bounce back. not to worry too much as far as, Virat kohli, Dhavan, not performing purposefully for team India. England should not mind!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 24, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    What does "not ready for test cricket yet" mean. It's one of those sayings that gets regurgitated by everyone with no thought at all, just that someone is young. If you are in form and performing you are ready for test cricket, it will always be a step up in quality, that's the way it works. On recent form a new observer could argue that many of the playing 11 for England aren't ready for test cricket, especially the senior players.

  • howzzattt on July 24, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    @The_bowlers_Holding: If the Indian bowling was mediocre then it only means that English batsmen were more mediocre to have succumbed to such a bowling attack.

    Joe Root, a lot of Englishmen consider this kid to be the future of English Cricket but it is too early to say so for someone who hasn't played too many test matches besides he was a FAILURE during the Ashes in Australia.

    Moeen Ali, a top order batsmen struggling to face bouncers from what you call a mediocre blowing attack?

    Gary Ballance, doesn't seem to be a game changing player yet yes, he looks a BALLANCED player neverthless.

    Cook and Bell, the bells are ringing, I guess it is time to go for Cook certainly, even the great Ricky Ponting has said, Cook may not make a comeback even as a PLAYER, leave alone SKIPPER.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 23, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    I am not sure about Buttler but why not if he gets in he could cause a big difference, I read his glovework is improving so can only hope that is the case. With a bit of time now elapsed since the 2nd test I have had time to reflect,I think England can still win the series, if Moeen hadn't got out last ball before lunch it would most likely have been a different result; winning the toss was a big advantage true but the new faces that have been picked have all contributed and I included Jordan in that. Bell and Cook seem to nearing a premature demise and Anderson likely has too many miles on the clock. No disrespect to India but they are a batting side with mediocre bowlers save Bhuvi who looks good and even young English batsmen should be able to gain an advantage. This re-structuring was always going to have peaks and lots of troughs and I for one need to remain focused on the long term picture (Ballance, Moeen, Stokes, Root, Jordan and hopefully Woakes, Finn) is a good nucleus.

  • JG2704 on July 23, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    @CodandChips - No worries. I enjoy your posts and like RU4 , I genuinely think I could chat about cricket and other sports/issues (like the Saints squad dissolving overnight) for hours.

    Is that right re the Sky pundits? Yes that seems baffling. I wonder if they were told the qualification criteria meant he had to have the initials JB?

    Just watching Read for the MCC 11 and compare him to Buttler. Even before the ball is bowled Read looks like a proper keeper compared to Buttler. Can't figure out what it is but the difference is there for all to see - which one's mastered his trade over the years and which one's the novice. Also look at JBs SR in 1st class cricket and it's less than 60 which is OK but not suggesting he is going to do the same in tests as he does in SFs

  • JG2704 on July 23, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT) I like Vaughan and while I'm not saying Morgan is a good choice (I don't know how much captaincy he has done?) I guess right now there's almost a scared culture and maybe a like for like is exactly the wrong way to go? Probably the right way to go when it's working but it's not right now. Re KP - I honestly don't think it's that big a void. When did we last see him do what he used to do - dictating terms to the bowler but I'm looking forward to hearing claims/counter claims etc if/when they come out. Re Buttler - Read trumps him this year on both average and SR and that's before you even look at the WK aspect. I'd like someone to ask Cook why he is choosing a person who only a month or so ago said wasn't ready for tests? Has he improved that much cos from what I hear his keeping looks dodgy and his 1st class SR is below Prior's in tests. Are they expecting him to improve on all his CC stats at international level?

  • on July 23, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    bring back Kevin Pietersen! he's got class, style and skills all of which England's batting lacks at the moment

  • landl47 on July 23, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    If the criterion for picking Lyth is current form, then why not pick Daryl Mitchell? His career FC average and Lyth's are within 1/100th of a % (40.83 to 40.82) and he's having an even better year- 1222 runs from 12 matches @81 against Lyth's 1143 from 13 @63.

    The truth is that both are good journeymen cricketers having a big year. They're not test players. The next England opening bat on the horizon is Alex Lees, Lyth's partner at Yorkshire. He's got a higher FC average (42.18) than either Lyth or Mitchell and is only 21. He's not ready yet, but he's developing well (FC average 43 this season) and seems to play well under pressure.

    Cook's not going anywhere this Summer. I think he'll make some runs in the next 3 matches and then have the Winter to work on his technique. Once he starts his trigger movement half a second or so earlier, like Ballance, he'll have time to play his shots. He's been too good for too long not to get it right in time.

  • aarifboy on July 23, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Bring back KP and sack Cook,enough is enough.

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK The squad is horrendous. Plunkett, Anderson and Broad will be flogged into the ground. Plunkett and Broad are already injured. But who cares about the future when we've got next test to worry about?

    "Rest" Stokes? I repeat when I was at Lord's on Saturday I thought he was our best bowler. He hasn't bowled as much as the others this summer.

    Yes no spinner. At the Ageas Bowl. It has spun particularly in the Blast when I've been down there. And what did Kerrigan do wrong to suddenly get dropped? It seems ridiculous to suddenly drop him.

    Not sure what changing the order radically does. Especially Cook in the middle order. Can you honestly see him fitting in there.

    Morgan as test captain? I like him in white-ball cricket as captain? But in tests I'd have him nowhere near the side.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 23, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @CodandChips (post on July 23, 2014, 18:38 GMT): England team DOES need restructuring, so I wouldn't mind a more attacking opener like Lyth (and he even bowls a little too!). I think you're right about the support for Morgan being captaincy based more than anything else; but if Cook was kicked out completely, what would England do with the batting line-up? I can't stand Root opening... I know he opens in County, but he is not a test opener in my opinion. Where does that leave us with this pitiful squad selection that has neither a Lyth nor a Morgan in sight?

    My team (from this embarrassing squad): 1. Robson; 2. Ballance (don't like Root opening, so taking a risk); 3. Ali (in better form than Bell); 4. Cook (there has been some chatter in the æther that he might consider moving down the order); 5. Root; 6. Bell; 7. Buttler; 8. Woakes (rest Stokes); 9. Plunkett; 10. Broad; 11. Jordan (rest Anderson).

    Anybody notice England don't have a frontline/specialist spinner...

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    @JG2704 apologies for the misunderstanding

    I enjoy the debates we have as unlike many posters we can reason what we've posted.

    I agree Bell looks in much better touch than in 2012, but I still think he ought to be the most vulnerable in the middle order. The fact remains he hasn't scored a hundred in a while. As a senior player he really ought to step up, but hasn't. Perhaps he will this Sunday.

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK I suppose the calls for Morgan to replace Cook are more about captaincy. Though I wonder who Morgan would come in for? Bell ought to be the most vulnerable. Though the guys I'd pick to replace Bell is Taylor or Vince, though if you went with county cricket, it ought to be Patel.

    I hear what you're saying about "replacement usually should be reasonably like-for-like, unless the team needs some restructuring". You're logic is sound but surely the vest replacement for Cook the batsman is Adam Lyth? He's no like for like but is scoring a lot of runs.

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    @JG2704 It's an interesting theory re Foster/Read. Certainly one I wouldn't discount. The Buttler selection isn't very English, in the sense that he's a huge risk with both bat and gloves. Buttler the keeper doesn't inspire much confidence personally. But Buttler the batsman is very exciting, and I'm hoping I get to see him when I'm at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday. Anybody else think a Sunday start is absurd?

    The thing about Foster and Read is they are well respected by fans and a players. I doubt they'd deliberately undermine Cook.

    They thing I can't understand is that all the sky pundits would have gone with Buttler as opposed to Foster/Read (or Bates). I can't understand it. Surely a genuine keeper is far more valuable than a batsman who is risky behind the stumps?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    @JG2704 (post on July 23, 2014, 17:03 GMT): I agree (with both statements). I also think that even if a player IS eventually dropped/rested, the swap/replacement usually should be reasonably like-for-like, unless the team needs some restructuring. So why people (including Vaughan) are calling for Cook to be replaced by Morgan (a short-format specialist who maybe (MAYBE) at best could fill the void left by KP) is surprising when it's a solid grafter we need to see off the opening spells and hopefully set a better platform.

    I certainly feel you could be onto something about the "yes man" theory. I still maintain that Prior has had very little impact/say in recent games, despite being vice-captain. When all went wrong, he [Prior] stood there with a glove covering his face, while the likes of KP ran over to the bowlers to talk. Whether that talking was useful or not though, I guess we'll have to wait until (November is it?) the statement has to be issued re. KP's treatment.

  • on July 23, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Where are Steven finn,Tim Bresnan and Eoin Morgan?

  • JG2704 on July 23, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    @CodandChips ctd - what do you reckon to my theory that Read and Foster may be too big a personalities and they want a yes man behind the stumps - Cook scared of being undermined by a better tactician in the same side?

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 23, 2014, 15:59 GMT) I certainly agree with the test arena not being the place to rediscover form - esp if the team is doing poorly. However I will say that I don't think he looks so bad at the crease compared to 12/13 when at times he looked shocking. So I'd say at least he is showing the right signs

  • JG2704 on July 23, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    @CodandChips on (July 23, 2014, 11:41 GMT) Don't always agree with everything you post but I agree with most of it and even when I disagree I never find your arguments to be baseless. I genuinely enjoy reading your posts. I think Bell should have been dropped in 2012/13 when at times he looked desperately bad. Right now I feel he looks ok at the crease but I couldn't/wouldn't strongly argue with anyone who wanted to drop any underperforming player esp when we're losing matches The person I am referring to is the exact opposite of the person who accused you of being harsh on Bell. One would jump on him everytime he failed - regardless of the dismissal etc - and the other yesteryear was praising Bell's runout of a player when Broad got a 6 for. You know I'm a massive Buttler fan but it doesn't mean to say I won't criticise him when he has a bad game and certainly doesn't mean I think he should play test cricket now

  • on July 23, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Bell got great deliveries , that could have got any good batsmen out.He will surely score

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 23, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    @CodandChips: the Bell-basher JG2704 is referring to has not posted on this particular article (yet). Certain people on this site don't seem to understand other people's frustration/disappointment with key players, good or even great as they may be, when they are stuck in very poor form.

    I don't think the test arena is a suitable place for rediscovering lost form. If any player is out of form and showing no signs of recovery, I don't care if it's my favourite player of all time - I want him out of the side and taking some time off, and regrouping in some County games or equivalent. That is my opinion, and I'm not / have never been afraid/embarrassed to express this.

  • on July 23, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    good comment abhi agarval. it is Tim to drop bell and cook. also drop broad bring Finn.

  • cricexpt on July 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    @ram4cric.... I totally agree with you. I have been saying from very begining that coach peter moores must be sacked and a new coach should be given the reins. The team is very good , but it is not performing becoz unsecurity and negative dressing room. Until the last series in India Cook and flower achieved what no other had done so easily i.e they won a series in India. Since the day Peter Moores has taken over Cook's performance is declining both as captain and as a player. Change Moores bring in a better coach, John wright might be good choice.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 23, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Moores said emphatically that Cook was the right man for the job. That is a fairly good indicator that Moores is out of his depth. Cook, in a million years, will never be a good captain, ever.

  • LETSCOMPLICATEIT on July 23, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Hello and Greetings. Absolutely Shocking! England is being beaten hands down by India in every department, and yet the same team has been picked! Let me also guess this, Bell won't come in at 3! England is going to lose this series 0-3. At this rate, the Aussies will retain the Ashes in England! I must congratulate the OLD BOYS managing English Cricket and the Senior Players, "You guys have successfully taken English Cricket to an entirely new low...Absolutely Brilliant!". As a proud English Cricket lover, it's really hurting. Oh Well, all is not lost. There is always Great English Bread Pudding to look forward to!

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    I feel the need to justify my position on Bell as it appears that people believe I have a vendetta against him.

    I am perhaps too harsh on him. But I expect more from a senior player than he is currently delivering.

    He was brilliant last summer in the Ashes, and I often mention this in the same posts that I criticise him in. He saved us. Without him the home ashes could have been embarrassing. He proved many critics wrong by scoring runs when others failed.

    However he hasn't delivered recently. He seems to escape criticism. I think that's part of the reason I'm so harsh on him.

    I often criticise his ODI place as well. I feel that he used to bat through but score too slowly. Now he scores quicker but doesn't bat through. Surely if you pick Bell you want him to bat through? Why not bring in Hales to score quickly at the top, as he would be able to do it better?

    I could never wish an England player to fail. I do hope Bell scores some runs. If he does I'll happily congratulate him.

  • on July 23, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    England need to take some stern decisions. Cook and bell should be dropped and bring in the likes of james taylor and james vince. Captaincy should be given to root and he should be groomed just like graeme smith for south africa. As far as india is concerned, Dhawan should be replaced by rohit as rohit as far better technique and binny should sit out for ashwin,

  • dirtydozen on July 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    England selectors have done a grave mistake by dropping kerrigan. This was a perfect opportunity for them to try a new spinner. Even for past 5 years swann was the player who put england on top by taking crucial wickets along with anderson and broad.

  • IMCG67 on July 23, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Congratulations to Jos on a thoroughly deserved Test call up, I hope he is in the England team for many years to come. The posts since the defeat in the 2nd test have invariably focused round the batting, yet the players that have been called into the team (Root, Balance, Robson, Ali) have all scored 100s and have earned an extended run in the team. However it is an inability to take 20 wkts that has cost England in the last few series yet the bowling remains largely unchanged and seemingly no progress made regardless of the conditions laid in front of them. The top teams for West Indies, Australia, South Africa - yes even England until recently - have gained success by having 3/4 quality bowlers who between them have knocked over teams regardless of the playing conditions and not necessarily with a good spinner in the case of the WI & SA. Until the selectors get the balance right in the bowling dept the best England can hope for is draws and so it is here where the changes are needed

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    @JG2704 "One poster continually waits for Bell to fail and has a go and ignores anything good he does" I hope that's not about me. While I'm harsh on Bell, I'd never wish a player to fail. Especially a player who will never be dropped.

  • LoveCric1975 on July 23, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    England should have rested cook and promoted Ballance to open with Robson. He reminds me of G SmithAt times. Bell at 1 down followed by Root and Ali who have both shown promise and pressure handling skills. Jason Roy at 6 would be a daring but effective choice. He has 3 fifties and 2 tons in last 6 LV innings. Get Chris Read in at 7 who sits at 3rd in this season table dismissal wise averages45 with the bat. Jordan at 8 Plunkett 9 followed by Broad n Anderson. Give Bell the reins and tell him to pick Read's brains. Put Vince, Carberry and Monty as stand by

  • ihaq1 on July 23, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Prior has been the saviour of england for a long time and his batting failures plus those at the top of the order seem to be the cause of a major failure when your top two bowlers now look like second rank bowlers...plus england should be able to play the straightish deliveries of kumar better than that and allowing him to bat for long periods seems odd...making the fast bowlers bowl more aggressively and probably bringing in Jordan for any one of the fast bowlers or perhaps stokes...jordan and butler can swing at the ball...the openers have just one fifty between them...could shift to a root-robson opening with cook coming in one down with a changed approach that makes him play a more aggressive approach...!Cook should start to consider his retirement plans as he might have just one test left....!!!the coach should tell the top order that it is they who have to score and the alrounders are just there for twenties and thirties...

  • o-bomb on July 23, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Has anyone been named as Vice Captain? Who would be in charge were Cook to get injured?

  • jmcilhinney on July 23, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    With Prior another casualty, possibly never to return to the team, what happens if Cook continues to under-perform? If they need to replace him then who are the choices as captain? Not that Prior was necessarily a good choice anyway because he admitted that the vice-captaincy sat heavier than expected. You'd think that Bell and Broad are the only two candidates currently in the team. If they do replace Cook then they may have to look at bringing in some with experience who could take up the captaincy as well. That's not a bridge to cross just yet but it's a looming possibility.

  • jmcilhinney on July 23, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    This puts a few people in a slightly difficult position. Cook recently said that Buttler wasn't ready for Test cricket. Many England fans agreed and Buttler himself said that it was true. Now that he's been selected, what does Cook say when asked whether Buttler is ready? What does Buttler himself say? It seems to suggest that either the selectors disagreed with Cook or that they figure that he can just learn on the job, as Prior did. Cook can't come out and give Buttler a ringing endorsement without totally contradicting himself but he also won't want to give Buttler the impression that his captain doesn't believe in him. Buttler himself is in basically the same position. I think everyone will focus on his obvious talent and potential and say that they hope that any rough edges can be smoothed out as he goes. He's an exciting player but we can't expect him to come in and turn this team around on debut. Still, even if he can limit the damage to one drop per Test it's an improvement.

  • RayMcCooney on July 23, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    @geoffboyc: I believe we need to stop stop-gapping. Dirk Nannes made a very insightful comment last night that I think goes to the heart of the England performance problem. Tell the current team that for the next three tests their places aren't in jeopardy, and let them go out and play. Let them know that, barring injury or pseudo-legal kerfuffle, they will not be dropped. After this series the next England test match isn't until April 2015 so it's fair to say that there are no promises for that series. This is their chance to get their bids into the selectors' thought processes, and playing four day and 50 over cricket for their counties must be part of that equation. In addition, chronic abject failure must count against them.

  • JG2704 on July 23, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    @jackiethepen on (July 23, 2014, 8:02 GMT) Why are you so paranoid when it comes to Bell? I said that he should have been dropped around 2012 period but he looked totally out of sorts and while not the only one he looked the worst of our batsmen vs Pak and SA and he wasn't great vs NZ either in 2013. Anyone without rose tinted specs on could see what I was seeing Right now I think he looks ok and there is a score around the corner but you can't say he's scoring a load of runs which a batsman is supposed to do. He held the batting together in the home series vs Aus and is batting more fluently right now - which he wasn't doing 18 - 30 months ago (with exception of WI) One poster continually waits for Bell to fail and has a go and ignores anything good he does but most just comment on what they see.

  • JG2704 on July 23, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @Jono Makim on (July 23, 2014, 5:53 GMT) The only thing I'd pull you on is that I don't think it's crucial Ind win the toss - they'll win anyway. Some woeful decisions here

  • anton1234 on July 23, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Test cricket is a game of chance if the two teams are fairly evenly matched. Win the toss and bat first, and you have a 70% chance of winning the test. Only Australia during the 90s and early 2000s was capable of winning consistently whether they batted bowled first. And that is because they had so many great batsmen, and bowlers, especially McGrath, and of course, Warne.

    The good thing T20s do is nullify the advantage of toss. But being a cricket purist, I still prefer tests, albeit I only seem to watch the Ashes only these days.

  • geoffboyc on July 23, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I've seen Buttler keep and bat quite a bit in the CC this year and I also feel he needs a bit longer before pushing him forward, but we shall see. What I don't understand is the assumption that Foster is the obvious choice as an alternative. In my view Chris Read would be the stand by choice if a specialist keeper was required; until last year he's been averaging over 40 with the bat IN DIVISION ONE and I saw him play a match winning knock in difficult circumstances at Liverpool the other day. He's at least the equal of Foster with the gloves and I 'd have drafted him in as a stop gap.

  • RayMcCooney on July 23, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Excellent post @ram4crictheory. The soundest of engineering troubleshooting principles is only to change one thing at a time. I believe this also applies here. So, as we can be fairly sure that the team isn't going to change much in the near future, what about the coach? I cringed when the reappointed Moores. As Bumble points out, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome is a sign of lunacy.

  • The_Cornish_Pope on July 23, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    The selectors have managed to solve one of the few problems we didn't have (the need for quick, unorthodox, risky, late order runs) but failed to address many that we do have: * Dropping catches behind: JB has improved significantly over the last few years but there's a reason Somerset kept Kieswetter. Read/Foster would address this. JB's time will come. * Rudderless team led by a man trying so desperately hard but operating by numbers and unable to see clearly what is needed. * Poorly supported captain. Again Read/Foster would address this. * Players seemingly carrying injuries. Only Prior's withdrawal has led to any changes * Senior players underperforming, etc Selectors' showing loyalty to players is admirable, but we're past that. It's obvious that they don't want to admit an error. All we have is a team whose faces fit, re-selected on a wing and a prayer, hoping that Cook/Bell get runs, Broad shrugs off an injury and the youngsters bail us out to semi-respectability.

  • on July 23, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Prior suffered from what the rest of the senior England players are going through , and that is his ego got the better of him as Prior knew he was a cert in the team and all the praise etc simply lead to being complacent and thinking he was better than he actually was as that's the problem with English cricket as someone makes a fifty and they then get a MBE or so.

    @Greatest_Game. Yeah I noticed his decline as soon as he got the reward, apparently same thing happening to Bell who got a reward.

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @jackiethepen "have been arguing for years for the dropping of Bell". No I have not. I've only been on cricinfo a few months. And at the start of the summer I had Bell in my test side. But since then he's been poor. A couple of bright 50s and no more.

    Bell was brilliant in 2011, but then again so was everybody. He was brilliant in the home ashes. But at too many other times he just disappears.

    Also when stating my desire to drop him, it's more just for a game or 2. Remind him he's not royalty. I hate the fact that Cook and Bell have some divine right to play in the side. Yes they've got good records, but poor form, and are letting the side down too much.

  • Greatest_Game on July 23, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Prior's form was BRILLIANT until in early 2013 English cricket journalists decided to award him the honour of England's Cricketer of the Year - the first keeper ever to receive the award. Immediately, his form plummeted, & has never really recovered. This is true - check the record if you don't believe me. He saved England in New Zealand, came back to Eng, was given the award - in the Long Rom - and days later at Lords started the return series against NZ, and has been awful ever since!

    Seriously, you can't make up stuff like this! Hero to zero. Cricketer of the Year to .... dropped!

  • Greatest_Game on July 23, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding says this about Buttler: "I agree with those that state buttler isn't a test keeper YET, in last county game he played against Somerset he let past 24 byes, it would be nice to see keepers ranked by Byes conceded."

    In test cricket, records for byes conceded per innings ARE kept. And guess who is the modern king of byes conceded? None other than MATT PRIOR! Only one keeper ever let through more than Matt, but with 35 in an innings Matt is joint second with Dinesh Karthik, at 33 bin an innings he shares third with John Murray and Jim Parks, and has six others for company in position number 9, including Gilchrist, Alec Stewart, Brendon McCullum and Prasanna Jayawardene, all who conceded 25 byes in an innings. Matt is the only keeper who appears three times on that list!

    I reckon Buttler might struggle to break Matt's record if he's only racking up 24 per innings!

    For those who doubt me, stats are here: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283316.html

  • jackiethepen on July 23, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Codandchips and those like him in various guises have been arguing for years for the dropping of Bell. Bell wasn't 'given' chances. After he was dropped by Flower in 2009 in favour of Shah/Bopara (good call that) Bell had to fight his way back in by becoming the leading run scorer in County cricket with the highest average - 80. He replaced KP when injured. After his recall he averaged more than any other batsman in the side that included Trott and KP. England rose to No 1 in the world, won 3 Ashes out of 4, followed by Bell's brilliant solo performance in the 4th Ashes win. That's a lot of credit in the bank. He's 32 not 37. You don't drop your top batsman because he's having a run of bad form and bad luck in an unsettled side governed by poor coaching and clueless captaincy. If you had any sense you would give him all the support you could. But all the attention and support is going to Cook. Now that is unbalanced.

  • ruester on July 23, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Will I be ready for test cricket after 6 weeks practice? Jos Butler is according to the selectors! great news for Jos, I would of liked him to be in the side at the start of the summer. prior was clearly unfit to play. the selectors seem to think they are back in the early nineties!

  • Kaka13 on July 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    The definition of Good Allrounder (Good in different Aspect of Game), where are good allrounders these days (Sobers, Kapil, Imran, Botham, Headley ..), these all were so good that if not delivering in one department then can deliver in other. But if we see current crop of allrounders specially in current series (Stokes, Binny, Pluknet, Jadeja ..) all are very average bowlers and batsman. We need specialist in tests, so If England picking Wicket Keeper, pick best pick up and generally keepers got some batting ability. If Woaks, Jordan are better bowlers hen pick them ahead of Stokes and Pluknet. Yes if batting performance comes from these, it is bonus. Similarly for India Binny should be dropped and Ashwin should come in.

  • Sexysteven on July 23, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    I think buttler is agood choice young and awork in progress his keeping will get better in time I hope England rest broad from this test he's spent and has niggles Jordan should replace him glad Kerrigan wasnt selected you can tell he's not upto test cricket I would of tried Samit Patel to see if his bowling was upto it other then that I would off kept Cook but taken the captaincy off him to root so Cook can concentrate on batting cos cook is abetter batsman then a captain even the blind can see that

  • CodandChips on July 23, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @JellybeanChutney Thanks for pointing out the inconsistency in my argument. I think Stokes deserves his place in the side as he was our best bowler at Lord's, and the other seamers clearly need a rest, something the selectors and pundits seam oblivious to. My point in the other comment was that dropping Stokes would be horribly hypocritical given how many chances Bell and Cook and Prior have had. England seem to really mess about our youngsters. Look at Root and Bairstow for example. It seems a case of let's fit our youngsters in around our senior players. Give Stokes a chance.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 23, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I wonder if Strauss might be a better coach, he was good at he man management knew how to get the team to bond in 2009 after it had fractured under the Moores/KP in fighting.

    Look at the county game for a proper captain who is succeeding, then tell cook to step down to VC and let him learn from a professional captain for a couple of years.

  • B.R.K.R on July 23, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    i noticed cook's statement in the presentation ceremony "there is a certain group of players desperate to win the matches", does he mean others are not trying to win ? it seems to indicate that there is a lot of infighting in the team which is very bad sign

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 23, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    This is massively disrespectful to the fans. Warne spoke of heads in the sand and that is exactly what this is. I enjoyed the 5-0 Ashes drubbing but I am starting to side with the England fans sentiment here, the changes that need making are so obvious it's painful to watch the coach, captain and selectors blunder like this. Who cares if Cook is a nice bloke and 'steely', he's bloody useless as a captain and they desperately need his runs back. I give credit to India but let's be frank, they are an average side trying their hardest, not an opposition that should trouble England at home. But instead they are schooling England. Moores could well be near the end of his second failed stint as coach.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 23, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @landl47, I think Moeen is a good batsman, I just Don't think hes a front line spinner, hes someone who turns his arm over for 10 overs an innings, and would probably work well with a frontline spinner at the other end. In the end his picked for his batting.

  • on July 23, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Come on England. Alistair Cook beat India 3-1

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 23, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Playing Jos Buttler as a keeper is a very negative move. England already have a number of bits and pieces players (Stokes, anyone?) and replacing a proper keeper in Prior with a batsman who keeps wicket (Buttler) is very negative for a test team. Fielding standards are going to drop too. While Prior was perhaps not in tip top form, in tests you always need your best keeper, and part time keepers should never play tests. Leave that kind of thing to the shorter format. To make matters worse, Prior the batsman is better in tests than Buttler the batsman anyway. This just reeks of disaster. The only positive for England out of this series is the emergence of the Australian born Sam Robson, who Australia are very upset about losing.

  • Greatest_Game on July 23, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    I do hope he remembers not to back up too far! He'll not get any sympathy if he is run out by a bowler again!

  • YorkshirePudding on July 23, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    @SirViv1973, if you're picking a spinner on form then Rile is the man, if you want a spinner who bats then Rashid and Borthwick are the people to turn to.

    I agree with those that state buttler isn't a test keeper YET, in last county game he played against Somerset he let past 24 byes, it would be nice to see keepers ranked by Byes conceded. The only logica replacements for Prior are Read, Foster and Bairstow with Kieswetter out of the picture, and Davies seeming to have given up the gloves. The benefit of Read and Foster Is they are county captains, and Read has done well with Notts who are CC contenders.

  • on July 23, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    A two-pronged remedy:

    1. Rob Peter to pay Paul. Peter Moores come with baggage from the past. Paul Farbrace, in his very short spell with SL (according to a few SL friends ) looked a balanced and effective coach.

    2. Let Cook do a semi-Prior. Quit captaincy, and play as a batsman.

    There re many promising players already in the team, and many more are knocking the doors. England will resurrect themselves quite well.

  • on July 23, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    @JG2704, Yes mate, I heard Warnie saying it is a turner down there, he should know, quite a few other pundits are tipping some spin as well. Watch out if India picks Ashwin, Jadeja and win the toss!

  • on July 23, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    By leaving out the Spinner, it is clearly noted that the Southampton pitch will encourage fast men. Now Cook has to find a better strategy in bowling against the Indian top order. Probably he could continue asking Plunkett bowling short pitched deliveries and asking Anderson and Broad to bowl full or good pitched deliveries. This way the Indian batters will receive both type of treatment at the same time and could fumble on either one of them. In Lords on the green pitch, Cook used short pitched ball approach which did not help the team. Probably a mixed combination will do some good in Southampton.

  • MagazineReader on July 23, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    1..Prior saves the match in NZ, after ashes victory and in 2013, Swann, Trott, KP gone with the Ashes defeat following; 2.Then as it was for the India in 2011, Aus and SA in 2013, now it seems the SL and Eng teams needs team performance sustainability while senior players preparing or not withstanding for their performance... 3..The more visitor slump last year is seems to get converted to host fight for close defeat this year due to the competition of more freshers to save the matches....

  • Realistic_cri_fan on July 23, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Going to be an another flop decision by ECB just like selecting Kerrigan against the rampaging Watson.

  • ygkd on July 23, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @mikeindex - you're quite right about quality keepers being complimented in a back-handed way by the specialist keeper tag, no matter how many runs they make. Dunno why we don't just go back to the days of backstops. It'd stop this charade about so-called keeper selections and at least someone would be fielding somewhere near third man.

  • anver777 on July 23, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    As expected Jos Buttler replaces Prior... that's a positive move & wish he will have a memorable debut for ENG.... Best of Luck !!!!

  • on July 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I'd be inclined to drop Stokes for Woakes and Plunkett for Jordan. Shame for Plunkett as he's not been awful (apart from the first innings at Lord's) but Jordan just looks as if he has a bit more. Stokes has batted like absolute tripe and he doesn't deserve a place on his bowling alone. Woakes has played well all summer, while Stokes only really had that one magic ten-fer. In any case the bowling just needs a bit of a pep-up. You could arguably rest Broad instead of Plunkett as he looks a bit knackered.

  • jimbond on July 23, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    The only justification is that Prior is injured, else he is far superior to Butler as a test wicketkeeper, and Prior is just 32 with at least three to four good years ahead. Similarly Cook is good enough as a batsman to be in the team for several years. Anderson looked the most threatening bowler on both sides. The only thing to be checked is if any player is playing with injury (Eg. Broad). Else this team is okay. Jordan for Ali or Jordan for Stokes- the decision could be made based on the nature of the pitches in the next few tests.

  • on July 23, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    About time an old face was replaced with a new one in my opinion. The only old faces to leave the England team since their peak in 2010/11 have been forced out (Trott, Swan, KP) but we still need more fresh faces to take the team forwards. Ballance looks set, and Root is coming good, we need a few younger quick bowlers and a decent spiner and we will have something to look forwards to again.

  • on July 23, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Buttler is the right choice for England. He has been in form and his attacking abilities with the bat should help England.

  • on July 23, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    This was a necessary change to make. What England selectors have told us is that they don't see a problem with the squad as such. What it means is that the team as such has not gotten any stronger. They still don't have a quality spinner, batting is still vulnerable against both pace and spin and the same tired trio of Jimmy, Stuart and Liam Plunkett will continue to do the bulk of bowling. As an Indian fan, I think this is really the best thing England selectors could have done for us. A BIG THANK YOU to all the selectors!

  • Anil_Koshy on July 23, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Seems England does not want to reverse their fortunes, they need to have a genuine quick bowler to trouble India, they should throw out bits and pieces players and play with proper bowlers and batsmen.

  • TeamSelector on July 23, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Why are Stokes, Cook & Bell still in the squad? I thought you usually select your best eleven & then appoint a captain from within that eleven.

  • B.R.K.R on July 23, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    a definite step in the right direction, another step i would recommend would be to include jordan in place of moeen, moeen has been found out with a clear discomfort in playing bouncers and indian bowlers will be eager to dish out more short pitched stuff every time he comes out to bat, his bowling is also not very threatening for the indian batsmen who are experts at playing spin, so my view would be to abandon spin altogether and go ahead with 5 seamers !

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on July 23, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    The old maketh way for the new, says the Bible. Things will get worse before they get better, says Andy Flower. Both statements have been vindicated. Now all it needs is a suspension for Anderson and Broad to cry off with fitness issues. Suddenly the England side will be as-good-as-new (with a newly resurgent Cook). Hallelujah

  • on July 23, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    England made a poor choice.

  • on July 23, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    If and If England shed their negative attitude & play the game naturally there is chance England can improve and their skipper should change his attitude play the game by taking members of his team into confidence

  • humdrum on July 23, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Trust the management to make wrong selections,hoping against hope that things will fall in place. The fact of the matter is that the rot is so deep that no quick fixes will work.Major surgery is the need of the hour.waiting to see when the inevitable happens.

  • akshayip on July 23, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    It was Dhoni who was on receiving end in the 2011 series where Dhoni was highly criticized by English media and Prior was rated higher than Dhoni in terms of wicket keeper batsman. Folks, It's sustainability that matters not an occasional burst. Prior is no where near Dhoni in both departments. It's high time ECB get a replacement of struggling Cook too.

  • landl47 on July 23, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    I've said before that I don't think Buttler is a test-level keeper yet and not even, in my opinion, a test-level batsman. Here's how I think it will go down: sometime in the next three tests Buttler will make a right mess of the keeper's job and will be sent back to Lancashire to learn to keep. England will have blown the series against India and, since there's no test tour this Winter, will go into the Ashes with one of the key positions not settled. I HOPE I will be proved wrong, Buttler will keep well and be England's keeper for years to come, but I'm not optimistic. It should have been Foster, the best keeper in England, who got the job.

    I'm surprised at the criticism of Moeen. He batted reasonably well in both innings at Lord's and for the first time looked like a spinner who could do the job. Cook should have used him more and Prior dropped a straight-forward chance off him, but he still had decent figures and looked more likely to take wickets than Jadeja.

  • on July 23, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    No doubt ability of butler as.batsmen but I think it may be little early for him to be in test team as he only admitted that he needs to.improve as keeper. Barstow is good option don't know why is he ignored. Anyways both are better than prior .England will play lot better without prior that's for sure

  • LewisDuckworth on July 23, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    If keiswetter was fit he'd have been the ideal replacement for prior, however given his injury I think buttler's inclusion is fair enough.

    Cook should be given every opportunity to salvage the series, but when it's lost, which I suspect it will be he should then be relieved of the burden.

    Changes should have been buttler, rankin, briggs & morgan (morgan next captain) into the XI with ali, prior, plunkett & stokes out.

  • drfarnsworth on July 23, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Cook and Bell are only just hanging on due to their records. Ballance and Root are good finds, but not grooming a spinner will continue to haunt England. Do they really think they can continue to play this unbalanced side? Stokes should bat at 6 (despite his recent poor run of scores, batting at 8 or 9 is denting his confidence and will almost always have to bat with the tail) and a proper spinner brought in.

    The gap left by KP, Trott, and Swann is looking like 8 players are missing.

  • FlashAsh on July 22, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Here's an outside shot! get Will Gidman from Glos in and Stokes out? He's argueably the best bowler who can bat in the land and has been for last three seasons only not picked for Div 2 status, but that don't add up!! how can his stats as Bat & Bowl standup if you suggest its the "result" pitches created?

    You don't get 50 wickets & 1,000 runs in a season on result pitches very often?? would suggest his batting is far better than his bowling!!

  • JAH123 on July 22, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    @ GrumpiusMaximus - Totally agree mate. I'm an Aussie so I'm not exactly upset about England being in disarray, but what they really need now is someone with experience and a good cricketing head to support Cook. For all Prior's recent failings with bat and gloves, England will still miss his nous. They have enough young guys finding their feet in the team already without adding another one to the mix. If there's one thing I learned watching Aus chop and change their team, it's that you can't 'rebuild' without a few senior heads for the young guys to feed off. Bringing Chris Rogers back into the side was smart and it seems to me that Foster could play a similar calming role for England. Buttler seems a great prospect but give him another 12 months to show he can perform consistently with bat and gloves.

  • CandD-Ski on July 22, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Buttler may get quick runs but he will miss chances that Foster would take. How many runs is that worth? Its about taking 20 wickets and creating pressure, and Buttler is not the best way to do that.

  • vick2025 on July 22, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Do anyone of you know what happen to Monty Panesar? How come he is not selected for this series?...I ask that because he was great when Eng toured Ind...I think Ind lost that series due to him...and he is much better of a spinner than Ali...

  • ygkd on July 22, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Yes, The ECB has completely lost the plot - on wicket-keeping, on spin, on captaincy, on field placements, on - well, I haven't all day so I've got to stop somewhere. Many of my fellow Aussies are probably gloating about it right now (it is making good copy in the sports' pages here). Personally, I take no delight. It isn't good for the game. @Nutcutlet - there is no doubt that the days of the rotund cricketer are over - it is something both our nations have lost the plot on - the need for some cricketers as opposed to a team of "athletes".

  • on July 22, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    @ Apreds. Bairstow? Why would anyone be speaking about him?

    Thankfully Stokes and Moeen still in the squad. There is no better spinner than Moeen available and he's averaging over 40 with the bat and his bowling improves with every game.

    Maybe there should be a better spinner available - but there isn't.

    Not sure about Robson long term. Bell and Cooke need to "man up" or take a break. Broad needs to remember that just about all his success has been with straight pitched up deliveries of 85+ mph. Not 79 mph wide half volleys and long hops.

    Anderson looks shot. So many overs, so much batting. He even fields in critical and busy positions. Give him a break. Get Jordan back for a test or two

  • RayMcCooney on July 22, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    @neil99: Interesting tangent, but how did you get there from what I wrote? I was merely highlighting what I saw as an extremely uncharacteristic inconsistency in CodandChips argument, normally coherent and cogent, where I believed that he was using the same instrument to damn Cook and Bell, as he was to support Stokes; ie the potential provision of a large number of 'chances'. I never passed judgement on, or supported one above the other..

  • Patchmaster on July 22, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    I'm fine with the Butler selection - it's pretty exciting. My problem is that the ECB / Management have made a spineless decision in opting to do nothing, and by that I mean sending Bell and Cook back to County cricket to actually try and score some runs. They should have brought in Finn, Gale (as Captain) and Lyth. With Bell and Stokes etc, they're just picking the same lacklustre, weak minded individuals that have lost us so many games recently. Lets try some NEW players - it's not as if they can do any worse, and even if one of them succeeds, then we'll have improved the team strength.

  • JG2704 on July 22, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Just wondering if anyone thinks that the main reason for the non selection of Read or Foster is that they are strong personalities and maybe would tell Cook what to do on the pitch and be seen as undermining him? Buttler is probably a yes man which is exactly the sort of person England want

  • JG2704 on July 22, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    @Jono Makim on (July 22, 2014, 19:44 GMT) Is it expected to turn? Wouldn't surprise me.

  • SevereCritic on July 22, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    I like how ECB treats their young talents. First, they invite them to join the squad as a 12th man, thus raising hopes. And right when you think you may be really useful (specially on Aeges Bowl which is known to spin a bit), theyguts you completely and totally and you're dropped. Wait, what did poor Simon do wrong? Did he bring Pietersen's favorite flavor of Gatorade to Cook during a drinks break?

  • SirViv1973 on July 22, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    @Danishsyed88, You make good points re Buttler's keeping. I would say though regarding Samit although he's had a good season with Notts he's played test cricket before and he wasn't good enough. Re Compton I still think he was treated harshly and should have been given longer. I would be surprised if he gets another chance age is against him and you have guys like Vince & Lyth who have been scoring stacks of runs for their counties this year.

  • geoffboyc on July 22, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Maybe Kerrigan made the mistake of putting on a KP mask as a joke? I feared the worst when Moores was appointed, but at the end it's down to the players performing; batting and bowling wise the senior players simply didn't do it and both Moen and Stokes' batting has been found wanting. To make matters worse Robson looked very fallible again outside off stump on his own ground and also as an lbw candidate. Problem is there are few batsmen or bowlers you would feel confident might do a lot better. It may, in the long run be to England's benefit to lose this series and start all over again with a captain who plays and operates like a captain; though again the list of credible candidates is short.

  • billrawlinson on July 22, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Do we need full-time selectors any more? They chose a team at the start of the season and have stuck with it despite the rubbish form and results. The only change has been forced by Prior's injury and it didn't take a genius to put Buttler in. Let's just hope he doesn't get dragged down by the rest of the party. The team needs refreshing and the captain needs a rest from the test side. Morgan is the only reasonable alternative and he couldn't do any worse, so leave Robson opening with Ali or Ballance. Last chance saloon for Bell? Stokes needs more work as an all-rounder so put in Jordan. Finn for Broad who is worn out. Keep Anderson as he may be banned soon anyway. Panesar and Patel to make up the 12.

  • JG2704 on July 22, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    No surprise but it's really hard to comprehend their thinking.

    Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the decision was it just a couple of months ago that Cook said Buttler wasn't ready for test cricket? What has changed ? I've not read glowing reports about his keeping Here they had an opportunity to bring in a tidy wicket keeper who is also averaging 45 this year with the bat and they bring in a guy with a lesser average and more importantly a much lesser gloveman. It's almost like bringing in a player in his first full season as that's what he is as a WK. It would be brave but more understandable if Jos was in his 1st full season and an excellent WK but he's not. He may come good but for me they're risking ruining a future career.

    Have mixed feelings about how he does. I really hope as a player he does well and plays not too dissimilarly to how he does in the shorter formats (but I worry he won't) - I won't say why I halfhope it doesn't come off

  • on July 22, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Most people on here are talking about the problems the openers are going through and suggesting various alternatives. Now i know its gone un-noticed by the ECB but has no-one else noticed the first person to pass 1000 runs in the CC Div 1 averaging 60 in the process who plays have his games on a seamers paradise happens to be an opener. By the way he is about the most athletic fielder in the county game and fantastic slip fielder.

  • whoster on July 22, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Buttler's selection does seem a gamble. The last thing England need is a keeper who has questions against his glovework, and they surely should've plumped for the best keeper in county cricket, whether it be Foster, Davies or Read. Their respective merits as batsmen should have nothing with do with which keeper is selected.

    Who knows - Buttler could rise to the occasion with his keeping, and he'll have to. Taking 20 wickets in a match is hardly England's forte, so they can't afford him to miss anything. As for his batting, we know all about his talent, but this will be a completely different and far more testing challenge than the 50-over stuff he's had success in.

  • SirViv1973 on July 22, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Niazbhi, Both Read & Foster actually ave more than Buttler in FC and both at this stage of their careers are better gloveman. However the problem is that Foster is 35 & Read is 36. If it was just a case of filing the void until Prior was fit again then it may have made sense to pick either Foster or Read. However the problem is that Prior has been struggling for a long time and there's a strong chance that his international career is now over so with that in mind it makes sense to look to the future . Personally I still think it's a bit soon for JB & would have used these 3 tests to have another look at Bairstow in the role. Re Panesar, Since the series in Ind 18 mths ago Monty has struggled whenever he has played for Eng, however he remains our one proven test match standard slow bowler, so personally I would like to see him back in the side. However he has issues away from the game and because of this the selectors rightly or wrongly feel they cannot select him.

  • whoster on July 22, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    It's getting laughable with the England selectors now. No doubt Simon Kerrigan has returned to Lancashire feeling ten feet tall, and with a huge injection of self-belief. What a farcical piece of selection policy and man management.

    If Anderson and Broad both play at Southampton, it'd be the absolute proof that England are running a closed shop. I hope the selectors have enough sense to drop at least one of them, but I wouldn't bet on it. The senior players in this side have under-performed for a long time, and none of them have been in danger of losing their place.

    If none of the senior players are dropped for the next Test, the crowd should feel obliged to ask for their money back.

  • on July 22, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    I do see why they have dropped Kerrigan though, and I say it's for best. I mean SLA bowlers are more economy bowlers against Indias hard hitters that wouldn't happen. Where as Ali has the doorsa and off spinners do take more wickets. We need a leggie really they are the best spinners

  • on July 22, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Glad Butler is getting his chance, give him a bit of time to mature behind wicket and being in test team for when he is regular and not needed just for backup. Prior will be back though, and he will be better than ever he's only 32 has at least another 2/3 years in him yet

  • on July 22, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Be a good time to review central contracts ..

  • ram4crictheory on July 22, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    @neil99.

    It should be okay for ECB to look foolish rather than becoming a fool.

    or

    If the recent appointment of Moores is the headache to sack him from the duty. Let Moores be the on-screen head coach executing the actions of a deserving new coach from behind with all the powers resting with the new coach.

    Of course, this has to be an internal agreement between Moores and ECB. I think Moores will have no choice except to accept it because getting sacked after being appointed this shortly will have more adverse effect on his reputation than this.

    It will be a bit of difficulty to convince the new coach to work behind the screen, but I am sure many Ex-players would be ready to do it, who don't like seeing England team doing so poorly.

  • twistatwistaa on July 22, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    i am sure England has got so many world class performers, its upto selectors,coach and most importantly captain to build a fallen team, look at what Gary kirsten has done to South Africa. first and foremost thing they need too realise is who their best players are a person who could score century in t20 or one day could score in test match as well hales is a specialist in his department, next ian bell getting out on 1 wasnt disappointment , dissapointment is when he scores 30s and 40s and gets out, cook is allright though just needs to be relived of his captainship burden and broad should be Englands new captain, 1 alistar cook 2 alex hales 3 sam robson 4 joe root 5 ian bell 6 stokes 7 jos buttler 8 plunkett 9 stuart broad 10 jimmy anderson 11 monty panesar

  • mikeindex on July 22, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Funny thing, Alex Barrow is a better keeper than either Buttler or Kieswetter and doesn't even keep for Somerset II. Seems like James Regan should be Test WK. Alternatively, insane selection of Wks is not just a national thing.

  • on July 22, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    did anyone can tell me where is bairstow .that guy played some good innings against india in 20111 and also against aussies .he is natural attacking player and fill the gap of pietersen a bit

  • on July 22, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Too early to decide the fate of English players. let's wait n c remaining 3 tests n talk about it. if they lose further in these matches they hv to think about the whole playing 11.

  • on July 22, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    i m from india.i think bopara and morgan or atleast one of them should be in test team they both are good players of seam and spin.and both are cool heads .should play root at no. 3 with bell and bopara to follow .move ur best batsman of time in top 3 .

  • CodandChips on July 22, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    @apreds Bairstow? He showed promise with the ODI innings vs India and test 95 at Lord's vs South Africa. But his international record with the bat is poor. He misses straight balls and struggles with the short ball. Basic issues. And his keeping in Australia was poor. Give him time to develop with Yorkshire, as he was going backwards in international cricket.

  • CodandChips on July 22, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    @Jono Makim I agree it makes no sense. Drop Kerrigan after he didn't play, just before a match on a known turner when the seamers are knackered. #ECB logic.

    @Nutcutlet Agree completely.,@neil99's comment about Patel was really offensive. Not sure how that got through the cricinfo filter, but others don't.I failed in many attempts the other day to gently suggest that the umpires might not be conspiring against India because they don't like DRS. I half hope Patel comes in and scores a hundred just to annoy such bigots who think size is everything.

  • Dafffid on July 22, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Next time we're talking about needing a keeper that can bat, can we factor in say, 20-30 runs off their score for every dropped catch or missed stumping (and that's being kind). This obsession with a batsman-keeper who might add 10-20 runs over a keeper-batsman just ignores that.

    Buttler is a rubbish keeper and its too early, let him develop for a year. Read is the best England have produced since Russell, his first class average is better than Buttler's, and he's a wise old head and a good captain. Give him the gloves and the captaincy till the end of the Ashes and let him chaperone the young talent for the next 15 months, because Cook isn't going to help them. Two birds with one stone. And if you axe Cook and Bell you'll be scoring plenty more runs anyway.

  • mikeindex on July 22, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    The only thing that distinguishes one WK from another these days is, apparently, his bating average. Buttler: First-class career average 32. Read: 36. Foster: 37. Maybe it's not that simple. Seems to me the cardinal error both Read and Foster have committed is to keep wicket even better than they bat. This makes them SPECIALISTS, and no-one is allowed to keep wicket for an international team these days if there is the slightest sniff of his being a specialist wicket-keeper. Regardless of how well he bats or how badly he keeps, no-one can keep wicket internationally unless he is a batsman and only incidentally a wicket-keeper. Jack Russell described James Foster as the best wicket-keeper he'd ever seen - which would, presumably, include Alan Knott and Bob Taylor. I wouldn't go quite that far myself, but neither would I dare to suggest that Jack Russell didn't know what he was talking about.

  • CodandChips on July 22, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    @GrumpiusMaximus James Foster perhaps? Ben Foster plays in goal for West Brom.

    "The key to winning at test level is to take 20 wickets. I think Foster improves the chances of that happening over Buttler."

    Exactly. Though I think Bates is a better keeper than Foster. Though Foster is a better batter, is more experienced and adds a captaincy option.

  • DesPlatt on July 22, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    George ; not always easy to keep up vibrancy when you are dropping catches and letting byes through in shed loads. Sure Buttler is a batting talent and has lots of time to become a good keeper . I still cannot understand why the runs a wicketkeeper scores seem to be given so much more importance than those wasted through dropped catches and byes. Seems to me like picking a poor goalkeeper who just has the plus of distributing the ball well.

  • CodandChips on July 22, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    @JellybeanChutney My point is that dropping Stokes would be hopelessly hypocritical and nonsensical. Stokes looked England's best bowler. He's batted poorly. Cook and Bell have batted poorly for a while. Cook has captained a losing team for a while. But both remain in the side. Stokes has had a rough time but for a shorter period. And if you look only at test cricket, he scored a hundred much more recently than Cook or Bell. Enough?

  • twistatwistaa on July 22, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    if England were even average side like Newzeland they would have still won, but they where below average

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet

    You best go see Andy Flower then, and have him answer your question. Both players were hold to lose weight by the England hierarchy - Patel dubbed "too fat" by the England team management in 2011 kneading up to the World Cup. All this was well publicised.

    And to quote Milburn & Cowdrey really show how little you know of the modern game, which is totally different from the days of gentlemen and amateurs.

  • on July 22, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    After the Ashes debacle we are having a replay with India. This is the New England era Cook promised us??? We see the depth of the problem when the ECB met for 3 hours & came up with well.... Nothing! Prior stood down to save face & we have Jos Buttler. A great 20/20 One Day player but yet to be seen if he can keep for days on end. Talking of Oz lets speculate how they would react to Mondays village green type collapse. Following would be booted. Moores. Team is worse than when he came should have stayed at Loughboro. Cook. Was an excellent batsman . Now no runs & very mediocre Captain Anderson. Was good bowler long past his sell date, Pathetic with new Ball. Broad. Great cameo batting at Trent Bridge. Bowling lacks accuracy. Looks weary. Stokes Should bat number 11. A joke to call him an all rounder. Prior RIP.

    Robson & Bell should be given 2 more Tests Afraid its going to be a long miserable Summer as the masochists at the ECB continue to bang their heads against the wall

  • apreds on July 22, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    what about bairstow? no body is speaking about him.

  • mikeindex on July 22, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Stand by for a new record of byes. Possibly good news for Buttler as Prior won MoM for setting the old record.

  • on July 22, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Hilarious that the only man the selectors leave out is the bloke that didn't even play, and that for a match where the pitch is expected to turn, the only spinner you have has been jettisoned. Here we were thinking it couldn't get worse!

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @ Posted by ram4crictheory

    But therein lies the problem. The ECB has only just appointed Peter Moore's and he's failing spectacularly. Just as they hung everything on Cook and won't back down, even though the team is in complete disarray, they won't sack Moores either as this would jake them look equally foolish. It seems they too arrogant to admit their mistakes, so the paying public has to suffer farce after farce on field.

  • on July 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Prior is only 32! I thought he was 36. All he needs is some confidence and of course fitness to improve his keeping and batting. I expect him to be on the scheme of things for the next Ashes.

  • Nutcutlet on July 22, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    @neil99 on (July 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT): I find your mockery of Bopara and Samit Patel offensive. It matters not what shape a man is, the only question is whether he can do the job that's asked of him. I wonder if you ever saw Colin Cowdrey bat? Or Ollie Milburn? England could do with the likes of them now - as the selectors have delivered us another charisma- free zone in cricketing terms. There are many acceptable ways of criticizing a players suitabilty for selection, but picking on their physique is not one of them. I am surprised that your comment was allowed - but there again, there are several blind spots - and no consistency - in the ways that these comments are edited.

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    @ Jellybeanchutney

    Stokes is our best bowler in the series. So whilst he's not making inroads with the bat, he is armed with the ball. Further, he's relatively new having played only 6 tests. Bell, on the other hand is playing appallingly and has done for 7 out of the last 11 series, and as a "senior batsman" is failing time and time again to dig in and stop the rot. Those who claimed he was a fighter when he played very well (but for just brief period 2 years out of a 9 year career) have been proven totally wrong. Bell is now living up to his early mantle of "Bunny Bell".

  • on July 22, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    A wasted opportunity ... burnt out player going through the motions. Cook's mind is scrambled - thought Flower, good coach, thought Giles, good coach ... what does he think of Moores? Ran scared of Mitchell Johnson in Oz. Set defensive fields, lost the initiative and now without Prior he has nowhere to go. Is Flowers coaching him in the art of captaincy? Every time the bowlers put England on top - Cook wastes the initiative. There is no future with Cook as captain: look into his eyes, dull beaten, scared...and no wonder. Please, give the man a rest and give us supporters a win.

  • on July 22, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I don't understand why ECB keeps on inclined towards Moeen Ali; He can't face short balls and as a spinner he is not helping the team at all. England at international level needs a quality spinner and Panesar should be given a chance. Matt Prior has been a utter failure with bat and gloves for england and he should go...

  • GrumpiusMaximus on July 22, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    I'm disappointed that Ben Foster didn't get a call up as wicket-keeper. I am a sentimental man and Foster is the best keeper in the English system, his form with the bat has been good and his experience of the game would have given some real insight on-field.

    I have time for Joss and I think he could develop into an excellent long-term replacement but at this time I don't think he's the right choice. I see no harm in waiting for another season for him to debut whilst at the same time playing our best keeping option (Foster) as a stop-gap. After all, this should be our 'best' 11. Buttler, as much as he brings with the bat isn't as good a keeper and doesn't have the experience of Foster.

    The key to winning at test level is to take 20 wickets. I think Foster improves the chances of that happening over Buttler. Foster's batting is good, Buttler's is potentially better but having a solid gloveman is more important than I think the selectors are giving credit for.

  • Aju.Nair on July 22, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    I am sure, in case of a failure this test will be the last test for Cook as captain. I have seen similar things with Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughn before..Cook can still come back with a big century..but his confidence level seems to be very low..Stokes is having a dreadful batting season, never seen this sort of failure for anyone before after his beautiful century against Australia..Now everyone will feel the importance of a Trott or a Pieterson is the side..Root has to be pushed up to 3 in the batting order..Now it is really difficult for a come back for England..lets see how it goes..Godspeed

  • RayMcCooney on July 22, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    @CodandChips: "[Stokes] deserves at least some of the amount of chances that the likes of Cook and Bell have had." What's your reasoning there? You've been calling for Cook's and Bell's heads for some time, Bell in particular. Isn't that just a case of being equally unfair to the paying public?

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 22, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Disappointing. Not even the best Wicketkeeper in England.

  • USAMAAJMAL678 on July 22, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    so again they will go with stokes at 8 who is neither a test quality bowler not a quality batsman...he is a mediocre bits and pieces cricketer who is good for odi cricket but not test cricket..bcoz england are afraid of losing they want him at 8 but it has not benefited them in any way..i can bet on this that england will not win the series unless they go with a quality specialist aggressive bowler like finn as 4th bowler..u cannot win test matches with only 3 genuine bowlers and 2 mediocre bowlers like stokes and ali...finn could have been so destructive against india with his pace and bounce..but it is clear that the english are afraid of losing and they have a natural tendency of a defensive mindset..unlike australia when they were on the backfoot before the ashes and nobody gave them a chance they went out and played attacking cricket but now when english have their backs against the wall they are playing defensive cricket..thats the real difference between aussies and english..

  • CodandChips on July 22, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I think it would be grossly unfair and misguided to drop Stokes.

    When I was at Lord's on Saturday he was our best bowler. Unlike the other 3 he bowled good line and length most of the time and looked sharp. While the other 3 look in dire need of a rest, dropping Stokes seems wrong.

    Re his batting, yes he's struggled. But part of that was while playing white-ball cricket, and I don't think he's a white-ball cricketer. Before he was recalled to the ODI side last year, he had admitted his own list A game as awful.

    I hope Stokes can turn it around. He does appear a bits and pieces player. But so was Flintoff according to stats. And he was a fine player. Stokes does remind be of Flintoff. And surely he deserves at least some of the amount of chances that the likes of Cook and Bell have had.

  • on July 22, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Its a disgrace COOK should go !!

  • CodandChips on July 22, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Am disappointed on many grounds.

    1.Sticking with Cook despite his poor form and poor results. But they were always going to stick with Cook.

    2. Not going with a genuine gloveman. While the idea of Buttler in the side excites me because of his batting, in test cricket a genuine gloveman is so important imo. But Sky commentators and most international cricket sides disagree.

    3. Dropping Kerrigan. Why? He was in the squad and suddenly isn't. Did he do something wrong? Yes Ali bowled well last game, but the Ageas Bowl usually turns and would require another spinner surely.

    Another area of concern is the seamers. Plunkett is known to be carrying an injury. Broad is known to be down on fitness. Anderson is so valuable. But all are being overworked and surely could do with being rested. However there are only 2 reserve bowlers, and it's likely that Stokes will be dropped.

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Some laughable suggestions here - Ravi Bopara and Samit Patel the most ludicrous by light years. If you thought the squad couldn't get any worse, Bopara (he's been given more chances than anybody) and Patel would turn it into a fat club XI. Maybe Gat could captain the side and Eddie Hemmings come back as the front line spinner?

  • on July 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Good news for Prior!! He will be back behind the stumps for the first test against Kiwi's in May. Almost feel sorry for Jos, sending the apprentice to do a tradesmans job never works. Somerset have missed him hugely in the shortest format, in the championship however.......Jos who?

  • niazbhi on July 22, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Bulters FC average is about the same as Read and Foster. England should have picked one of them (Foster). If three of 4 playing pace bowlers bowled really well. England could replace one for Panesar. That has not happened. Anderson suspension would prompt a change in the 4th test anyways.

  • SirViv1973 on July 22, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    @Yokshire Pudding Re the spinner, I think it's a complete mess. They don't have any faith in Kerrigan given that it took them 4 tests to even put him in the squad & when they did they had asked for a green top so they knew he wouldn't play & 1 test later he is dropped from the squad completley. There's no way they will risk playing him as part of a 4 man attack and the option of dropping one of the top 6 & playing 5 bowlers would seem to have gone. With Prior out of the side they dare not risk batting Buttler at 6 with a FC ave of 33 or moving Stokes back up to 6 in his current batting form. I suppose they could use Woakes there but by doing that and having Buttler at 7 the lower middle order dosen't look too solid & leaves the batting even more vulnerable given that Cook is effecitivley a walking wicket at the moment. Re Rashid & another in Borthwick, my worry would be that bowling seems to be their second suit at the moment although both are stronger bowlers than Ali.

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    The paying public should feel aggrieved. Results wise, we're not far from breaking the record for the worst run in the history of English test cricket and yet the clueless Selectors cone up with just adding Buttler, who has no pedigree whatsoever in the longer format, and releasing the front line spinner.

    A lot was made of Moore's new dawn. It's an unprecedented disaster. The captain is so one dimensional he's ignoring the fact he's destroying the team, and Moore's seems to be just cutting there letting Cook front up to it all. This England set up is a complete laughing stock - the only way forward is series of heavy defeats so Cook and Moores, plus Bell can be jettisoned.

  • mantrathegreat on July 22, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    If Stokes is continually failing with bat, and not too great with ball, why not bring in Ravi Bopara. Bopara has a higher average with bat( 31.94 vs 25.36) and Stokes last few innings are very low. Although Bopara's average with the ball is ridiculous, that is because he has only picked up 1 wicket. Another option is Samit Patel, who has been performing well for Nottinghamshire.

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    @Sam Pritchard. The difference between Root and Smith is simple as Smith was a natural leader like Allan Border or so and Root looks like he should be still in primary school the way he jumps around whenever England get a wicket. So it's not leadership qualities ha ha. I understand where your coming from with age etc though.

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    The paying public should feel aggrieved. Results wise, we're not far from breaking the record for the worst run in the history of English test cricket and yet the clueless Selectors cone up with just adding Buttler, who has no pedigree whatsoever in the longer format, and releasing the front line spinner.

    A lot was made of Moore's new dawn. It's an unprecedented disaster. The captain is so one dimensional he's ignoring the fact he's destroying the team, and Moore's seems to be just cutting there letting Cook front up to it all. This England set up is a complete laughing stock - the only way forward is series of heavy defeats so Cook and Moores, plus Bell can be jettisoned.

  • neil99 on July 22, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    The paying public should feel aggrieved. Results wise, we're not far from breaking the record for the worst run in the history of English test cricket and yet the clueless Selectors cone up with just adding Buttler, who has no pedigree whatsoever in the longer format, and releasing the front line spinner.

    A lot was made of Moore's new dawn. It's an unprecedented disaster. The captain is so one dimensional he's ignoring the fact he's destroying the team, and Moore's seems to be just cutting there letting Cook front up to it all. This England set up is a complete laughing stock - the only way forward is series of heavy defeats so Cook and Moores, plus Bell can be jettisoned.

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    This should be the team for the 3rd test: Cook,Robson,Ballance,Bell,Root,Buttler,Moeen,Woakes,Broad,Plunkett,Anderson.

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 22, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    I thought England is gonna put up a fight against India in the remaining three matches. After seeing almost the same squad retained I'm pretty confident India's a couple of test matches away from a series win in England. I don't know who would select a half-rated wicket keeper like Jos Buttler for tests. He's not a great batter either. Same captain almost same 11 not gonna make any difference. India all the way.

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    People saying root is too young to captain need to know that Graeme Smith was 22 when he was given the South African captaincy, and he became one of the best captains of all time. Get root in now to give him vital experience.

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    England needs a specialist spinner. As a keeper they need someone, who will come for keeping first, may be Chris Read or James Foster. For the sake of batsman Cook, Captain Cook needs a break. Broad can take charge for now. Or even Eoin Morgan (he needs to be in team replacing Bell in that case). Read can be the captain if he is in the team.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 22, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Be interesting to see if Woakes and/or Jordan will get a go next game. I'm not surprised by the lack of imagination shown in the squad choice at all. Personally I can see Buttler contributing with the bat (probably JUST enough to encourage yet another "tactics/team vindicated" article) but struggling behind the sticks and dropping at least one crucial chance. If Cook plays, please at the very least shift him down the order... I can't bare another failure opening.

    I also feel England will struggle to win any games without a spinner. Yes the seamers (+ Ali) have taken 20 wickets and it's the batsmen (particularly the seniors) that have disappointed the most so far; but I just feel that a frontline spinner - even a young inexperienced rookie - could mix things up more and help bowl India out more cheaply (at the very least trouble their lower order more than the short-pitched rubbish from the seamers). At the moment, the team is VERY one dimensional, and heading in only one direction.

  • on July 22, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Cook has some serious technical issues in his batting that he needs to resolve. Therefore I think picking him for the next 3 tests is only going to increase miseries for the English captain and the team.Instead he shud have given some time to relax and work on his batting,and come fresh to the team. Robson lacks intensity,or what Mark Nicholas says,Robson lacks personlity.Top 3 batsman of England really lack confidence,intensity and audacity,and thus can almost never put pressure on the opposite team !

  • Shaz1976 on July 22, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    The article about Prior quitting says 'James Foster, Rated by some as the best wicketkeeper in the world and by Jack Russell as the best there has ever been'. Why has he only played 5 tests? Why does the keeper have to bat at 6 or 7? If he's really good, then who cares if he bats at 11? The byes saved as well as sharp catches and stumping's will more than make up for lack of runs. All spinners would love a quality keeper behind the stumps. Warne had Healy and Gilchrist, Murali had Sangakarra. Ajmal would definitely have another 30+ wickets if Pakistan had a decent keeper. Why Buttler? Everyone agreed in May he wasn't ready for tests. What's changed in two months? He's not been a full time keeper for his county very long. Should have picked Foster or Read as Keeper and Captain for rest of series, while Cook has a break. Whether Cook comes back as skipper could be reviewed depending on how well the stand in does. Where have Tremlett and Onions disappeared?

  • Dr.Vindaloo on July 22, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Has anyone ever watched Buttler play in whites? Makeshift keeper and iffy batsman with a first class average of 33. Absolutely not what England need to try and turn around a test series. Ah well.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 22, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    I'm surprised they didn't go for bairstow who is the better keeper of the two, batting wise I'm they're probably even in terms of batting.

    Again WHY haven't we got a front line spinner, Moeen Ali is a bits and pieces spinner, who has an average record. Its its experience do what Vaughan suggested and get Batty in. otherwise look at Rashid only 25/26 but hes been playing FC cricket since 16.

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 22, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    It is like selecting potatoes over beans for supper. Don't bother if it is good for the health, just that is more likeable albeit unhealthy.

  • real_gone_gadd on July 22, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Shame about bringing in Buttler ahead of someone who can actually keep wicket, but he is the right age and deserves a go. Broad needs a rest so I would bring in Chris Jordan for him.

  • yorkshire-86 on July 22, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Dropping Kerrigan from the squad? Havnt they learnt yet you NEED a specialist spinner in the squad, and Ali who averages over 40 in D2 is nowhere near good enough.

  • jaberwock on July 22, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    It is very disappointing to see the selectors continuing with the old guard who are not performing. Broad, Cook and Bell should have been rested to give someone else a chance to show what they can do.

  • northumbriannomad on July 22, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Sorry, I was wrong before when I commented on Mark Nicholas' excellent article. I said that it was full of good ideas, but I had a nasty feeling the selectors would make no changes except the enforced call-up of Buttler for Prior. I was wrong and I apologize. Naturally they made one other important change: to drop Kerrigan without having played him, to ensure that his pointless humiliation was complete.

  • Jammynem on July 22, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    First up, massive congratulations to Jos Buttler. He is a player that can change a game as Jadeja did for India. We need to be careful to let him play like Jos, and not try and turn him into someone else. They've backed Cook rightly or wrongly so I really think people ought to to just lay off him. The constant speculation and press bashing can't be helping. He's having an issue clearly but you can't give the captaincy to Bell as his form is no good either. My choice would be Jimmy A as captain (he never gets mentioned - why?) but hes facing this daft charge, so it has to be Cook. Agree with the poster that said Finn for Broad - Broad does not look fit. Not sure about Woakes, I worry he is not good enough, but I do think he's a decent player. Would consider Stokes for Jordan. And can we stop getting Plunkett to only bowl short - he's better than that...But really what we need are some leaders out there on the pitch, they seem not to be able to react to a situation. Seniors must step up!

  • whoster on July 22, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    "Stick with the same side" is a good mantra for a team that's winning. When a team is constantly losing, does it make any sense?

    The England selectors had the perfect opportunity to rest/drop either Anderson or Broad. Yet again they've shied away from making tough selection calls, and no doubt if Prior hadn't voluntarily stepped down, he'd have been included too.

    Every single senior player in this England side has under-performed for a long time now, and not making more than the one enforced change reeks of a closed-shop selection policy.

    No doubt Chris Jordan will get another chance once England have bowled Anderson and Broad into the ground and have to drop themselves from the side - because there's precious little chance of the selectors finding the courage to do it.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Rose Bowl Test is poor attended, and I certainly won't be giving the ECB my hard-earned cash to watch this latest instalment of The Undroppables.

  • brahms on July 22, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Why replace a very good wicket keeper who is no longer at his best with one who is not as good as even at his best ? Even Buttler himself admist that he is far from being a test standard keeper.

    What are the chances of Cook picking up a minor inury before Sunday ? It would be a diplomatic way of solving several problems.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Also how on earth is a Stokes still in the England team as in his last 10 innings he hasn't scored higher than 6 runs and he has had 5 ducks in that time too? Just a 1 hit wonder as even when he got his ton it was already in a lost cause.

  • Vaughanographic on July 22, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Some simple changes would have made the squad SO much better:

    Patel for Ali, Foster for Prior and captain.

    I would also have gone for the: Retention of Kerrigan (even if just to not miss the young guy about so much-his confidence must be shot). Possibly the addition of Carberry/Compton to the squad to remind Robson and Cook that their places aren't so secure.

    Consideration of Woakes to replace Broad/Anderson and Jordan in for Stokes.

  • Vaughanographic on July 22, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Most predictable, and most hilarious squad selection in ages. The test team is getting beaten by everyone, and the only change is to change their minds about Kerrigan the spinner, and bring in a keeper who is just as bad with the gloves as prior. And keep the captain. And keep a number 6 batsman who has just been found out against the short ball!

    WOW

  • sergio11 on July 22, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    I dont think it will make much of differnce anyways..more than this change..if Eng can replace Stokes with jordan the bowling will look much improved..they are missing a in- swing bowler to make batmen play instead of leaving most and punishing the bad ones..Pujar,Kholi,Vijay all these guys have problem against the in swinging ball..for ind i like to see Pankaj in for shami to exploit the bounce of southampton wicket and Ashwin in for Binny..

  • SwamyCricketAnanda on July 22, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I hope England get exactly the result which continued poor selection deserves. If Cook exhibits half the determination in the crease as in retaining his job, he will be a much better batsman.

  • pom_don on July 22, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Well that was expected but might ruin him if he has a bad run (hope he doesn't) the obvious was Foster or Read as you can guarantee a good performance & build Buttler up for the future, fingers crossed for Jos & hope he comes through......Moores & the selectors picking wrong yet again.

  • aby_97 on July 22, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    I'm surprised that the quality of English bowlers is decreasing.The country which produced fresh and young fast bowlers every decade.After Steve Harmison, Hoggard and FLintoff came the era of Broad, Sidebottom, and Anderson.But now the quality is lacking.If you play Ben stokes at No.9 then why do you expect him to score runs.Chris Jordan should be played in place of Stokes.Broad lacks the fire..Hence, a Chris Tremlett would have been a better option.

    The batting looks good and solid but lacks confidence.The players should draw inspiration from Root, Ballance and Moeen ALi.In this way, one can prosper.Cook should make Moeen Ali bowl more and convert him into a more than useful spinner.Or, If they travel to subcontinents then they would be brown washed.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    They England selectors keep rewarding failure and mediocrity. Cook, Broad, Bell and Stokes shouldn't be selected at present; give them a rest, and let them come back fresh when they are back in form.

    Moores second stint is proving his first useless spell wasn't a fluke.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 22, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    This is a clear case of the selectors having their heads buried in the sand hoping that Cook will come through in one of these tests - chances are, he will - and then the selectors can pretend all is well with the side and carry on, telling all they were right all along to stick with this plan. Changing skippers or others in the side right now will only confirm that the selectors made huge blunders, especially those done to placate Cook and Prior, and the last thing these selectors want to do is admit they've made a single mistake. On the other hand, the ECB would do well to sach this bunch of selectors and name the likes of Botham, Vaughan and Hussain to the panel. At least these chaps have played more than one test! On the other hand, I don't think the ECB is smart enough to name these chaps to the panel, and I think these chaps are smart enough not to accept this mess.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    It's as if we're happy with mediocrity.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    How is Buttler going to feel too knowing that his own Captain has said he isn't ready for Test cricket? In my words that means he doesn't rate him as a keeper batsmen at all.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Had England won the test against India , who knows , there may not have been any talk of Captain Cook and others must be gone!Maybe some wanted form captain to cook to go too.Perhaps there would not have been any talk about Prior injury and maybe forced retirement too. So, from Captain to Cook,or Cook to Captain, every man have to step up to the plate now in order to achieve success. I am not an England fan though, particularly in this series. I throw my support behind India , although I am not a huge fan of MSD. Methinks he is not a positive captain .

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Drop Broad bring in Finn, drop stokes bring in Panesar, Drop Bell bring in James Taylor, Drop Robson bring in Compton, Drop Ali Bring in Bairstow. Give Cook captaincy for next 3 matches. If he fails Drop him still next season he proves he can scores his runs. My team for 3rd test is Cook, Compton, Ballance, Taylor, Root, Bairstow, Buttler, Plunkett, Anderson, Finn and Panesar. James Taylor and Bairstow are very good batsmen but they never got there chances in successive matches. give them atleast 2 continuous series they will surely bring glory. Broad needs drop for test or 2, so he can come to terms and play like a responsible cricketer.

  • danishsyed88 on July 22, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Why o why do they not learn!! :( :@

    This is the same Buttler who missed several easy stumpings just recently. He's just not ready for Test cricket yet. And his batting is just average. Not reliable at all. The selectors are now to be blamed for, more than any player.

    After repeated losses, no sign of Samit Patel yet, nor Nick Compton. Poor selection

  • on July 22, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Chris Jordan and Woakes will play in place of Liam Plunket and Ben Stokes respectively.

  • milepost on July 22, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Disappointing and spineless by the coach and selectors. Moores backing of Cook merely underlines his flaws at this level. Really appalling that the selectors won't pick a form side,

  • Zahidsaltin on July 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Can someone tell Cook that he should bowl Moeen Ali just as you would bowl a first choice spinner. By taking 7 wickets in two matches against the best batting line to play spin and that too at a better strike rate than all other bowlers, he needs to be given the confidence he needs to establish himself.

  • on July 22, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    prior needed a break no doubt. What about captain cook and bell Are they in mood to rebuild the team before welcoming aussies to england.

  • on July 22, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    prior needed a break no doubt. What about captain cook and bell Are they in mood to rebuild the team before welcoming aussies to england.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Can someone tell Cook that he should bowl Moeen Ali just as you would bowl a first choice spinner. By taking 7 wickets in two matches against the best batting line to play spin and that too at a better strike rate than all other bowlers, he needs to be given the confidence he needs to establish himself.

  • milepost on July 22, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Disappointing and spineless by the coach and selectors. Moores backing of Cook merely underlines his flaws at this level. Really appalling that the selectors won't pick a form side,

  • on July 22, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Chris Jordan and Woakes will play in place of Liam Plunket and Ben Stokes respectively.

  • danishsyed88 on July 22, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Why o why do they not learn!! :( :@

    This is the same Buttler who missed several easy stumpings just recently. He's just not ready for Test cricket yet. And his batting is just average. Not reliable at all. The selectors are now to be blamed for, more than any player.

    After repeated losses, no sign of Samit Patel yet, nor Nick Compton. Poor selection

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Drop Broad bring in Finn, drop stokes bring in Panesar, Drop Bell bring in James Taylor, Drop Robson bring in Compton, Drop Ali Bring in Bairstow. Give Cook captaincy for next 3 matches. If he fails Drop him still next season he proves he can scores his runs. My team for 3rd test is Cook, Compton, Ballance, Taylor, Root, Bairstow, Buttler, Plunkett, Anderson, Finn and Panesar. James Taylor and Bairstow are very good batsmen but they never got there chances in successive matches. give them atleast 2 continuous series they will surely bring glory. Broad needs drop for test or 2, so he can come to terms and play like a responsible cricketer.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Had England won the test against India , who knows , there may not have been any talk of Captain Cook and others must be gone!Maybe some wanted form captain to cook to go too.Perhaps there would not have been any talk about Prior injury and maybe forced retirement too. So, from Captain to Cook,or Cook to Captain, every man have to step up to the plate now in order to achieve success. I am not an England fan though, particularly in this series. I throw my support behind India , although I am not a huge fan of MSD. Methinks he is not a positive captain .

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    How is Buttler going to feel too knowing that his own Captain has said he isn't ready for Test cricket? In my words that means he doesn't rate him as a keeper batsmen at all.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    It's as if we're happy with mediocrity.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 22, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    This is a clear case of the selectors having their heads buried in the sand hoping that Cook will come through in one of these tests - chances are, he will - and then the selectors can pretend all is well with the side and carry on, telling all they were right all along to stick with this plan. Changing skippers or others in the side right now will only confirm that the selectors made huge blunders, especially those done to placate Cook and Prior, and the last thing these selectors want to do is admit they've made a single mistake. On the other hand, the ECB would do well to sach this bunch of selectors and name the likes of Botham, Vaughan and Hussain to the panel. At least these chaps have played more than one test! On the other hand, I don't think the ECB is smart enough to name these chaps to the panel, and I think these chaps are smart enough not to accept this mess.