England news September 14, 2011

Swann 'delighted' to lead England

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Graeme Swann has said he is "delighted" at the prospect of captaining England in the two-match Twenty20 series against West Indies later this month, in the absence of Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan.

Broad, the regular Twenty20 captain who began his reign earlier this season against Sri Lanka, was ruled out of the remainder of England's home season, as well as the five-match ODI series in India next month, after sustaining a muscle tear to his right shoulder in the fourth ODI against India at Lord's. Morgan, Broad's vice-captain, was earlier ruled out until January with his own shoulder problem.

With Kevin Pietersen continuing his rest period, Swann was one of the few viable options within the current Twenty20 set-up. The other route would have been to give the job to Alastair Cook, the ODI captain, but that would have disrupted the top order which Andy Flower is trying to form ahead of England's defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next September.

"I'm obviously delighted," Swann said. "I'd looked at the [likely] squad and thought: 'I might have a chance.' It's a case of being fairly mature in the changing room, because we've got a few young guys who've not played before and need to have at least a semi-sensible role model to look up to."

Two uncapped players - Yorkshire's Jonathan Bairstow and Hampshire's Danny Briggs - have been included in the 14-man squad. There is also a Twenty20 recall for James Anderson who hasn't played the shortest format for England since November 2009.

"Graeme Swann is a highly respected member of the England side and his experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable when he leads a young England team next week - a role he is very much looking forward to," Geoff Miller, the national selector, said.

Such high praise from the ECB hierarchy would have seemed a world away at the start of Swann's international career, when his care-free attitude led to him being mistrusted by his first England coach, Duncan Fletcher, and banished from the set-up for seven long years.

Since his recall, however, his quick-witted outlook on life has become an integral factor in England's squad mentality. Though he promised that captaincy would not cramp his exuberant style completely, he admitted that the jokes would "stop to a certain extent".

"I've captained every game I've played, in my head, throughout my entire career," he added. "So I'll just do that a bit more vocally when I'm on the field."

Cook, who admitted his disappointment at once again being overlooked for the Twenty20 squad, backed Swann to lead from the front in his brief opportunity to take command. "The enthusiasm he has for the game will run off on people completely," he said. "He just loves it. I think he will do well.

"He definitely thinks about the game when he is bowling," added Cook. "He's always thinking about what the batsman will do. He's always thought like a captain when he bowls so I think it'll be quite easy for him. I don't know if he'll be orthodox or adventurous. But that's his character, so if he's going to stay natural..."

Of the squad in general, Miller said: "We have once again selected a blend of experienced international performers along with exciting young players with a great deal of talent. We have had a successful summer to date and will be looking to continue our form during the Twenty20 series against West Indies and finish the summer with two strong performances.

"We have selected ten of the players who were involved in last month's Twenty20 victory over India while the injuries to Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan and the continued period of rest for Kevin Pietersen means we bring four players into the squad; James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick and Danny Briggs."

Borthwick made his international debut against Ireland, in Dublin, last month while Bairstow was in that squad but didn't make the final XI. There are four spinners in the party which is a clear indication that the selectors are using the two matches against West Indies as a chance to look ahead at their options for the World Twenty20.

Squad Graeme Swann (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Samit Patel, Ben Stokes.

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  • on September 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I think it's high time somebody told the English selectors u don't NEED an opening wk to win limited overs games. I would go for Prior (@7) in all formats, but the other option is Somerset keeper Buttler. I saw Buttler on T20 finals day-What a talent! Keiswetter has had enough chances and keeps disappointing with the bat. Swann as captain? Well, the joker in the pack becomes the king...Good idea? We shall see, but the idea is not as crazy for me as Broad captaining.

  • c3vzn on September 15, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    About time, seriously how was crybaby Broad and even relative newbie Morgan given the captaincy before Swanny.

  • bumsonseats on September 15, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    dont mention danny briggs born in the IOW.u know what certain people will be saying we have another overseas player, lol. dpk

  • ali00 on September 15, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    congratulation Graem Swan for his first taste international captaincy and i think he will do well with his bowling as a captain. Good Luck Swan

  • on September 15, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    I was speaking of Briggs in my previous comment...forgot to mention the name!!!

  • on September 15, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @Sasi Kanth Tummalapalli Well If you are talking about Briggs then you are totally wrong mate ...he is a very good bowler in t20s / odis - on finals day he took 5 wickets against Durham and in semi final also Somerset could not play him that good-he bowls so tight and its hard to hit him....he is far better in t20 than Patel,Panesar or Yardy as Yardy at times is very expensive and Patel is not so good - do not know why ECB keep giving him chances...Briggsi s a young bowler with some class & attitude.....I just hope he gets a chance.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 15, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    congratulations to Swann, I'm sure he'll do well. Also I dont see what the fuss over the number of captains england has used, since the start of the summer, with most of the changes being in the lesser games (vs Ireland), or due to injury f the first choices. As for the suggestions of using cook, I think he deserves a rest after the last 12 months, where hes scored 1504 test runs @ 94 and 417 ODI runs @ 59.

  • on September 15, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong..I was following the match between Warwickshire and Hampshire...and being a slow left arm bowler myself..I can see he is nowhere near making it to the T20 World Champions team...his seam position is poor..action is just a bit too awry..guess it was a wrong pick..length is miserable for a spinner..What happened to Yardy?? And in case Yardy is not available..why not pick Monty..?? Go for orthodox spinners..who depend on flight..seam position..and changes in pace and a straight one..we have seen Bhajji..changed to the T20 format and now struggling to get back to original format.. If you are not going for orthodox players..then pick Yardy..he is a different bowler and his subtle variations are of real use...!!!

  • gloves71 on September 15, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Congrats to Danny Briggs - flying the IOW flag! Hope this is the start of a quality international career... good luck!

  • anver777 on September 15, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Right choice for T20 format..... Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I think it's high time somebody told the English selectors u don't NEED an opening wk to win limited overs games. I would go for Prior (@7) in all formats, but the other option is Somerset keeper Buttler. I saw Buttler on T20 finals day-What a talent! Keiswetter has had enough chances and keeps disappointing with the bat. Swann as captain? Well, the joker in the pack becomes the king...Good idea? We shall see, but the idea is not as crazy for me as Broad captaining.

  • c3vzn on September 15, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    About time, seriously how was crybaby Broad and even relative newbie Morgan given the captaincy before Swanny.

  • bumsonseats on September 15, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    dont mention danny briggs born in the IOW.u know what certain people will be saying we have another overseas player, lol. dpk

  • ali00 on September 15, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    congratulation Graem Swan for his first taste international captaincy and i think he will do well with his bowling as a captain. Good Luck Swan

  • on September 15, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    I was speaking of Briggs in my previous comment...forgot to mention the name!!!

  • on September 15, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @Sasi Kanth Tummalapalli Well If you are talking about Briggs then you are totally wrong mate ...he is a very good bowler in t20s / odis - on finals day he took 5 wickets against Durham and in semi final also Somerset could not play him that good-he bowls so tight and its hard to hit him....he is far better in t20 than Patel,Panesar or Yardy as Yardy at times is very expensive and Patel is not so good - do not know why ECB keep giving him chances...Briggsi s a young bowler with some class & attitude.....I just hope he gets a chance.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 15, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    congratulations to Swann, I'm sure he'll do well. Also I dont see what the fuss over the number of captains england has used, since the start of the summer, with most of the changes being in the lesser games (vs Ireland), or due to injury f the first choices. As for the suggestions of using cook, I think he deserves a rest after the last 12 months, where hes scored 1504 test runs @ 94 and 417 ODI runs @ 59.

  • on September 15, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong..I was following the match between Warwickshire and Hampshire...and being a slow left arm bowler myself..I can see he is nowhere near making it to the T20 World Champions team...his seam position is poor..action is just a bit too awry..guess it was a wrong pick..length is miserable for a spinner..What happened to Yardy?? And in case Yardy is not available..why not pick Monty..?? Go for orthodox spinners..who depend on flight..seam position..and changes in pace and a straight one..we have seen Bhajji..changed to the T20 format and now struggling to get back to original format.. If you are not going for orthodox players..then pick Yardy..he is a different bowler and his subtle variations are of real use...!!!

  • gloves71 on September 15, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Congrats to Danny Briggs - flying the IOW flag! Hope this is the start of a quality international career... good luck!

  • anver777 on September 15, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Right choice for T20 format..... Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lmaotsetung on September 15, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    wow! only kieswetter, bresnan and swann left from the team that won the world cup

  • JAWNSIN on September 15, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Graeme Swann ......taste of international captaincy should be.... as a 'duck' takes to water^^^^^^^^^

  • on September 15, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Muhammad Aslam Mirza - I bet England would be Shattered and smashed in the series against the World champions.Indians just need their confidence back

  • on September 15, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    i have seen swann this series performing against us and has shown gr8 responsibilty when the pitch is suppurting captain needs has got wickets and when not just not compained he wil be a gr8 mark my words

  • mels72 on September 15, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    i think James Anderson should captain in the game.I also think she should be named captain instead of Broad.

  • naveenpnayak on September 15, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Swann can be a very Gud captain.. So lets see whether he proves us right.. The Team is quite in-experienced but against a team like WI, it would be a great fight. A Gud chance for the youngsters to showcase their talent and we can also see how do England's Future Players respond to this opportunity they have got

  • on September 15, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @ Nikhil Nair neither England were WC champ nor Test # 1. More over i do not expect a better win for INdia then 3-2 at most in home series in India this time.

  • himanshu.team on September 15, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    In my view he shoudl have got the captaincy ahead of Broad. He is far more mature and able leader than most of the players int he English team. ECB, should now make this a long term thing, and probably hand him ODI captaincy too in future. I don't see Cook as a natural leader. He should just focus on his batting.

  • insightfulcricketer on September 15, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    A few year back I read a book by NY columnist Thomas Friedman - It is a Flat World. According to it a company which makes use of the flat world positions itself for successs. In cricketing terms England was the first country to catch on to that wisdom.By outsourcing their iron to cricketers from hard countries like South Africa,Australia they have positioned themselves for the ulimate triumph. They say life imitates art well in this case it has been sport. I congratulate England on a great season but the hard yards start this October. If margin is not 5-0 in favour in India - England should consider themselves victor no matter the ultimate margin.

  • on September 15, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    When's Meaker going to get a go? genuine pace is all the England attack lacks, and it's right under our noses and still under 23

  • on September 15, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Swann can be a great cap... but why didn't eng give it to jimmy... he can be a great cap too...

  • Patchmaster on September 14, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    Good luck Bairstow - a great lad who deserves his chance.

  • FatBoysCanBat on September 14, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Cook is the Test skipper, not the ODI skipper.

  • AnthoniJi on September 14, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Don't we find something to complain about in almost everything. funny.

  • on September 14, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It is great to see by Ecb and flower that they are rotating player, giving them proper rest and proper rehabilitation and training during and after injury, and it is good to see that with the talent and performance it is easy to enter the team but only with proper fitness and discipline and that has been their speciality, and by testing swann they can understand, prepare and rectify his captaincy skill and prepare one more leader and back up captian... Well done Ecb and andy flower

  • jonesy2 on September 14, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    these teams seem pretty easy to crack. can i be captain?

  • PavanM on September 14, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    He is lone spinner for England in all formats of cricket. why he needs extra burden..

  • Trickstar on September 14, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Paul_JT Jimmy got a rest last year when he missed the Bangladesh tour, Bresnan was injured after the WC and only came in to the side when Tremlett went down, so he's pretty well rested. KP's played every tour and series since he came back from injury in SA in 2009/10, except when he got dropped for the Pakistan ODi's to play first class cricket before the Ashes, I think if you look it up, KP and Swann have played more cricket across all formats than anyone else in the England side.

  • spence1324 on September 14, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    show's that there are many leaders in this england team/no chris woakes not long ago he got a 6 for in aus, also handy with the willow.

  • zico123 on September 14, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    England showed snub to Cook by not naming him the T20 captain, the way he is playing he deserved a chance to have a crack at it, Anderson has a good chance to show he is not just a test specialist

  • on September 14, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    @MadKingGeorge. Every beautiful Swan(n) starts as an ugly duckling, when it hatches. I share the feelings with Mad King (George or otherwise) that he may outshine the other "Captains" going around the musical chairs. If that happens, does the apparently "brave" and forceful coach let Swann "flower" into a full-time one? Let us wait and see. I am assuming that Flower is the one who rings and stops the bell for the musical chairs!

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 14, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    @madras_boy, I'm a bit baffled by your post. Why would spinning conditions in India cause Swann to get battered?

  • Paul_JT on September 14, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Best of luck to Swann (not that he seems to need it), but think the Selectors have made a weak decision in not opting for Cook. Somerset can feel aggrieved at inclusions of Buttler and Kieswetter, depriving the county of their 'keeping abilities for the Champions League - anyone would think the ECB doesn't support it (sic). England do have other wicket keepers; Bairstow is in the squad, Davis would be on his home ground and Prior desires a recall. Can't understand the Pietersen "rest" pretext. Anderson, Bresnan and Swann have played all formats this summer, rest them for the overlooked Woakes, Tremlett (if fit) or Onions. Will be great to see the young talent involved.

  • on September 14, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Hey Pcmg , England played well, agreed, but how could you forget the 5-0 whitewash that England suffered in India, still England came back strongly, and so will India, We are waiting for your side to come here and experience the Indian magic. I bet that this side would go back with the same result as last time.Good Luck

  • simon_w on September 14, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    This is nice for Swanny, and he deserves it. It will just be the two meaningless games, so it doesn't make a huge amount of difference anyway. Cook will be a little disappointed, but, to be honest, I would have thrown even more youngsters in. Great to see Bairstow in the squad -- he certainly looks like the future -- but I can't work out why they've left Woakes out for the life of me.

  • Pcmg on September 14, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Hey madras-boy, maybe he will be battered, maybe he won't. But if he does then tremlet, andreson, bresnan Finn etc will step up and get wickets. That's the mark of a no. 1 side, which is just a distant memory for India now.

  • Pcmg on September 14, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Hey madras-boy, maybe he will be battered, maybe he won't. But if he does then tremlet, andreson, bresnan Finn etc will step up and get wickets. That's the mark of a no. 1 side, which is just a distant memory for India now.

  • MadKingGeorge on September 14, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if Swann turns out to be embarrassingly good as a captain. He reminds me a bit of Warne; he's clearly got a good cricket brain, and he seems to have the personality to lead and motivate people. Shame he didn't establish himself as an England player earlier in his career, would have had more opportunities to take the job full-time.

  • bigwonder on September 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    So the musical chair "England Captain" begins. Who wants to take a guess on number of captains will England have for the rest of 2011?

  • on September 14, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Swann would make a good and energetic Captain. Seems to be one of the most popular guys in the England team. Occasionally, his "tweets" alone could be his enemy. Hope not!

  • mahi4lf on September 14, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Congratulations to young Danny Briggs he deserves to be in the squad after some impressive performances in domestic cricket!! And good luck to Greame Swaan as England Captain.

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Swann seems to have the smarts for the job. I expect (and hope for the sake of cricket) that a gifted spinner like him succeeds in T20 format also. It will be fascinating to see if he has the people skills needed to captain the team.

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    certainly the way to go for the english.the man has the charisma to be a very good leader

  • on September 14, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Go for it lads!!! the future's in good hands...

  • Robster1 on September 14, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    These really are quite pointless matches.

  • on September 14, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    i think James Anderson is the better choice than Graeme Swann as a captain...

  • Ben1989 on September 14, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    @ Michael, cook & strauss are batsman?

  • on September 14, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Great to see Briggs & Borthwick in the squad , hope they are given opportunity ahead of Samit Patel who is a mediocre spinner...Briggs bowls much tighter line n length and should also be in the odi squad for India instead of Patel...Great that ECb left Cook because he is noway a t20 material and it snatches a deserving opportunity from a guy like A.Hales & Stokes.

  • kevinpp24 on September 14, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    well well very good decision from ECB and brilliant opportunity for these future stars. Greame Swann deserves some honors and selectors rightly obliged. There is no use getting a new player just for captaincy. Really nice to see lot of youngsters considering WI also fielding young so it should be a contest to see who are all future stars for international cricket from both sides.

  • exiledtyke on September 14, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Is this the England "B" team with Bairstow, Buttler, Briggs, Borthwick, Bresnan and Bopara?

  • madras_boy on September 14, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Good thinking. Swann will anyway be battered in India in turning conditions and he needs some excuse obviously which has come anyway now...

  • anuajm on September 14, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    I think Swann has been given the job more as an honour to the exceptional services he has provided for the last 2 years. I don't see him getting a permanent captaincy role with so many options. But I think Cook should been given a go!! I am sure he has changed his batting style enough to suit the demands of 20-20 cricket!! From long term perspective, it would have been better. Not that Cook should be disappointed, Test cricketer of the year, captain of the one day team, future test captain, he has enough on his plate!!

  • symsun on September 14, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    No wonder England is going for Bowling captains. They dont have any batsman with Leadership Qualities from ODI/Test team who can bat well in T20 format other than Morgan/KP.

  • Rafelgibt on September 14, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Its a very good decision taken by the English board.Swann is a class bowler and very respective person in ENG side. I wish him all the best.

  • Praxis on September 14, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Swann captaining England, this should be interesting.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on September 14, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    I strongly feel that T20 is the only viable form of cricket now. Test cricket belongs to a nice museum. ODIs are OK for some more time, but life is hectic, and it is impossible to follow cricket for one full day, let alone five days.

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 14, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Jonny Bairstow in as a specialist batter? Interesting. Good that there are some young hopefulls in the team. I think the regulars would struggle to motivate themselves for these pointless matches, whereas young guys with reputations to make might be more up for it.

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    a great choice in swanny for skipper and a tremendously exciting young squad. im a little surprised to see england selecting 3 potential keepers in kieswetter, buttler & bairstow, and cant help thinking that somerset will be very disappointed to see both their keepers selected for a game before they fly out to india. i would have thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a look at bairstow behind the pegs, as we know what kieswetter can do. also a bit surprised not to see woakes, yet another hugely talented youngster, not involved. but overall very happy with the squad which yet again showcases just how much young talent england are producing these days

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    instead of danny briggs and scott borthwick, england should look to simon kerrigan who recently took 9-51 in an innings of county cricket. Probly Swann and Patel will be the 2 spinners used so these other young kids wont get a game.. good to see some youngsters in squad especially Bairstow and Buttler. James Taylor again unlucky to miss out, but Bairstow, Buttler, Stokes and Hales are more in the "big hitter role" which is needed in T20. England will Annihilate the WI "A" side , i say that because their whole team is out playing CLT20

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    he is great as a spinner.....m hoping that he plays well n is the permanent captain for the t2o side

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Swann as Captain?? No other choice as well... Broad,Morgan both injured! :(

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Swann as Captain?? No other choiceas well... Broad,Morgan both injured! :(

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    This is fully new faced english side touring overseas and this it would be a test for them as it was for india in this ongoing tour

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Somehow the ECB managed to resist handing Cook the job yet he always find a way to deliver...HOW DI U GUYS LEAVE COOK OUT???

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I like this England strategy of bowling captains, as opposed to batting captains. Not that I think one is better than the other, but practically all other Test captains are specialist batsmen or wicketkeeper-batsmen.

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  • on September 14, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I like this England strategy of bowling captains, as opposed to batting captains. Not that I think one is better than the other, but practically all other Test captains are specialist batsmen or wicketkeeper-batsmen.

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Somehow the ECB managed to resist handing Cook the job yet he always find a way to deliver...HOW DI U GUYS LEAVE COOK OUT???

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    This is fully new faced english side touring overseas and this it would be a test for them as it was for india in this ongoing tour

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Swann as Captain?? No other choiceas well... Broad,Morgan both injured! :(

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Swann as Captain?? No other choice as well... Broad,Morgan both injured! :(

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    he is great as a spinner.....m hoping that he plays well n is the permanent captain for the t2o side

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    instead of danny briggs and scott borthwick, england should look to simon kerrigan who recently took 9-51 in an innings of county cricket. Probly Swann and Patel will be the 2 spinners used so these other young kids wont get a game.. good to see some youngsters in squad especially Bairstow and Buttler. James Taylor again unlucky to miss out, but Bairstow, Buttler, Stokes and Hales are more in the "big hitter role" which is needed in T20. England will Annihilate the WI "A" side , i say that because their whole team is out playing CLT20

  • on September 14, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    a great choice in swanny for skipper and a tremendously exciting young squad. im a little surprised to see england selecting 3 potential keepers in kieswetter, buttler & bairstow, and cant help thinking that somerset will be very disappointed to see both their keepers selected for a game before they fly out to india. i would have thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a look at bairstow behind the pegs, as we know what kieswetter can do. also a bit surprised not to see woakes, yet another hugely talented youngster, not involved. but overall very happy with the squad which yet again showcases just how much young talent england are producing these days

  • Truemans_Ghost on September 14, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Jonny Bairstow in as a specialist batter? Interesting. Good that there are some young hopefulls in the team. I think the regulars would struggle to motivate themselves for these pointless matches, whereas young guys with reputations to make might be more up for it.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on September 14, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    I strongly feel that T20 is the only viable form of cricket now. Test cricket belongs to a nice museum. ODIs are OK for some more time, but life is hectic, and it is impossible to follow cricket for one full day, let alone five days.