England in India 2012-13 November 3, 2012

Meaker called up to England squad

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Stuart Meaker has been drafted into the England squad as cover for the injured Steven Finn. Meaker, the 23-year-old Surrey fast bowler, will fly to India on Saturday and is expected to play in the final warm-up game before the first Test, subject to obtaining a visa.

Finn suffered a thigh strain in the opening overs of the first game of the tour against India A. While England are yet to announce the results of the subsequent scans, the call-up of Meaker suggests Finn is most unlikely to be fit for the first Test in Ahmedabad on November 15. Graham Onions replaced Finn in the side for the second warm-up game, against Mumbai A, but England have now concluded they require reinforcement.

It is understood England are keen to rest Stuart Broad for the final warm-up game, against Haryana at Ahmadabad from November 8, before the Test. Broad also missed the first warm-up game, which raises questions about his match fitness.

While Meaker, whose international experience is limited to just two ODIs, does not possess the height of Finn, he does bowl at a similar pace. He remains the fastest bowler recorded at England's National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.

Meaker's South African background - he was born in Pietermaritzburg - will revive claims that England are reliant on imported talent, but his family moved to England when he was just 12 and he has progressed through the Surrey system. He was Surrey's leading wicket-taker in the 2012 Championship season - he claimed 44 wickets at 22.56 apiece in 10 games with a strike-rate of a wicket every 38.7 deliveries - and has the ability to swing the new and old ball both ways.

Quite how match fit he is at present remains to be seen. He has been resting since the end of the English domestic season over a month ago and only returned to fitness training at Lord's in the last few days.

Whatever happens to Finn, Meaker will remain in India until meeting up with other members of the England Performance Programme squad who leave the UK on November 19.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • CricketMaan on November 6, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Looks a strong lad...what about that kid who rocked during the U-19 world cup, i heard he was in line. Ah, BTW who next must be the Ireland born Rankin? At least you guys dont pick players from Miami beach (ref. to RP on that Eng tour).

  • NickeyT on November 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Why not get Tremlett back ? He got 50 wickets in 11 matchs @ 26.75 when he was picked by England, and then he's been forgotten about... I agree Roland-Jones is an interesting prospect ! He's got amazing stats. It would be nice to see someone new... Really promosing like this... And.... then there's Chris Woakes. England's best player but never selected for Tests matches and given just a few chances in ODI's & T20. He really deserve more than that ! Tremlett, Roland Jones, Woakes...

  • Meety on November 5, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @OzzyHammond on (November 04 2012, 10:00 AM GMT) - thanks for clarifying that it has been almost 150 years since Oz have played more than one overseas born player in the Test team.Do you would think there were some obvious demographical reasons for that somewhat rare occurance????

  • RandyOZ on November 5, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Good to see another South African making the quota.

  • Sanawana on November 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    While I think he may not play against India given so many options with England already, I do think a surprise package may unsettle India especially if the guy can clock in 90s. I think Monte shoul find a place in England attack because he contributes to the variety in attack.

  • brusselslion on November 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Personally, and speaking as a Surrey supporter, I wouldn't have picked Meaker. No doubt that he's quick but he doesn't get many balls to rear up off a length (unlike Finn) and this is what is most likely to cause the Indian batsmen problems. Saw Toby Roland Jones at the Oval last year and he was impressive with both bat and ball. Alternatively, the selectors could really have been adventurous and picked Reece Topley to give him experience of the England set-up.

  • dariuscorny on November 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @KiwiRocker haha you must be the most recent pass out from "THE COMEDIANS COLLEGE".keep going with ur good work.....cheers

  • Hammond on November 4, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Meety- actually because you threw it out there- in the first test at Melbourne in 1877 over half the Australian side was born overseas.

  • Hammond on November 4, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @jonesy2- yeah, also the same Finn who ripped through Australia in the Nat West Series earlier this year (you know the one- the series that Australia forgot)- took the most wickets in the series in the process. Mind you he was only bowling at Australians ;) so no biggy.

  • Akshita29 on November 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @Hammond spot on. Totally agree with you.......................

  • CricketMaan on November 6, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Looks a strong lad...what about that kid who rocked during the U-19 world cup, i heard he was in line. Ah, BTW who next must be the Ireland born Rankin? At least you guys dont pick players from Miami beach (ref. to RP on that Eng tour).

  • NickeyT on November 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Why not get Tremlett back ? He got 50 wickets in 11 matchs @ 26.75 when he was picked by England, and then he's been forgotten about... I agree Roland-Jones is an interesting prospect ! He's got amazing stats. It would be nice to see someone new... Really promosing like this... And.... then there's Chris Woakes. England's best player but never selected for Tests matches and given just a few chances in ODI's & T20. He really deserve more than that ! Tremlett, Roland Jones, Woakes...

  • Meety on November 5, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @OzzyHammond on (November 04 2012, 10:00 AM GMT) - thanks for clarifying that it has been almost 150 years since Oz have played more than one overseas born player in the Test team.Do you would think there were some obvious demographical reasons for that somewhat rare occurance????

  • RandyOZ on November 5, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Good to see another South African making the quota.

  • Sanawana on November 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    While I think he may not play against India given so many options with England already, I do think a surprise package may unsettle India especially if the guy can clock in 90s. I think Monte shoul find a place in England attack because he contributes to the variety in attack.

  • brusselslion on November 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Personally, and speaking as a Surrey supporter, I wouldn't have picked Meaker. No doubt that he's quick but he doesn't get many balls to rear up off a length (unlike Finn) and this is what is most likely to cause the Indian batsmen problems. Saw Toby Roland Jones at the Oval last year and he was impressive with both bat and ball. Alternatively, the selectors could really have been adventurous and picked Reece Topley to give him experience of the England set-up.

  • dariuscorny on November 4, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @KiwiRocker haha you must be the most recent pass out from "THE COMEDIANS COLLEGE".keep going with ur good work.....cheers

  • Hammond on November 4, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Meety- actually because you threw it out there- in the first test at Melbourne in 1877 over half the Australian side was born overseas.

  • Hammond on November 4, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @jonesy2- yeah, also the same Finn who ripped through Australia in the Nat West Series earlier this year (you know the one- the series that Australia forgot)- took the most wickets in the series in the process. Mind you he was only bowling at Australians ;) so no biggy.

  • Akshita29 on November 4, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @Hammond spot on. Totally agree with you.......................

  • Hammond on November 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Same old guff from everyone on the "foreign" player issue. Seriously folks what part of "picking the best XI citizens of the United Kingdom for the England cricket team purely based on merit" can't you people understand??

  • screamingeagle on November 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Pity about Finn if he doesnt play. I was thinking he would be more effective than the bigger names like Broad and Andreson.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on November 4, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @jonesy2 - no none of England bowler are any good - Swann, Anderson, Bresnan, Tremlett, Finn. All are useless - but they were still good enough to put 3 Inning defeat on Australia in Australia. If only Stuart Broad had been playing - you know Stuart Broad, you know - The Oval 2009...? That 3-1 still hurt for you doesn't it? If you didn't care (as you claim) then you wouldn't post on England forum. Thank you for showing that you care @jonesy....

  • screamingeagle on November 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Kiwirocker, pakistan's best bowler is Ajmal. He bowls spin. The next best are also spinners. Gul and company are not really 'express', and the so called fast bowlers have not really done anything of note. Amir, was a real talent, sadly he used those talents to make money, so that is that. Anyway, you are always expected to try and degrade the Indian team anyway, so not really surprised. I do not think any of the Indian bats need your certificate of approval. On another note, which Pakistan team really did so well in Australia or England in tests, batting wise?

  • jonesy2 on November 4, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    SurlyCynic -- classic. @subbass -- pure comedy, nice one. was this the same finn that got hammered at 5 or 6 runs an over and swiftly dropped for the medium/slow pace of bresnan?

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on November 4, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    @ KiwiRocker- Well I agree with you to some extent that Ind have not produced express fast bowlers and the ones they produced who used to bowl near 145 kmph consistently during their early days lost their pace eventually like Nehra and Munaf. Both were once quick. Zaheer is only guy who despite losing his pace is still a lethal bowler. And I just checked that he averages better than Gul in tests, probably Pakistan's best fast bowler right now, but sadly Gull too lost his pace just like Ind bowlers. It seems you are still living in past glory of Pak when you used to have fast bowlers' factory but After Amir's departure Pak have not produced a single effective fast bowler. Likes of Junaid Khan are really over-hyped as they have not done anything spectacular yet like Mohd. Amir had done. Right now Pak and Ind both rely on their spinners to get wickets and surprisingly Umesh Yadav, an Indian, is quicker than all Pak bowlers though he leaks too many runs.

  • Hindh on November 4, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @kiwirocker India without the so called Express fast bowlers as you say have won 2 ODI WORLD CUPS, 1 T20 wc, and have been NO 1 in test rankings for 18 months. We Indians would any day take that record instead of having "express fast bowlers" like shoaib Akthar etc, who have won nothing singnificant for their country.

  • subbass on November 4, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Perhaps the fact 70% of the national cricket team is privately educated has something to do with the amount of 'foreign' players. You get these wealthy ex-pats moving back to England having probably had some family from here originally, also these days cricket is not really played at state schools. I'm quite happy with it to be honest, in fact they could be born on Mars for all I care, fact is they have the England shirt on and are busting a gut to win for the team ! Traditionally we have always had posh blokes born abroad in the cricket side it's nothing new at all people...:D If only we had 1.3 billion people to choose from though, then we'd be the greatest side ever like urrmm India.

  • Meety on November 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    @markatnotts on (November 03 2012, 13:18 PM GMT) - hah, now if you waited one more minute to post your whinge you could have said you were responding to A comment! But, since you raised it, please let me know when we (Oz) have had more than one player of overseas origins in our team at any one point in time? You must have a complex!

  • KiwiRocker- on November 4, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    This might actually be a very good decision and benefit England. It is well known fact that Indian batsmen do not play genuine pace very well. Their struggles against likes of Dale Steyn are well documented. Shane Bond had made a mockery of many Gods and walls in his time. Meaker seems to have genuine raw pace that sure will test againg Indian non performers like Sehwag, Gambhir and most of all Tendulya. In all fairness, India never had a quality fast bowler with raw pace so batsmen never get to play the pace in nets or in domestic cricket. That is why players like Raina, Yuvraj are walking wickets against an express fast bowler. Indian has randomly thrown some fast bowlers who showed some promise,e.g Ishant, V.Aaron, Yadev and etc, but these were all over hyped fast bowlers who have failed to deliver. It is a bit of irony as India's neighbours Pakistan seems to have an endless supply chain of express fast bowlers that never seems to end!,e.g Junaid Khan being the latest!

  • Guvapatch on November 4, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Last count; eight South Africans and one Irishman on England's Test Team, why insist on calling it England's Team? Just call it South Africa II.

  • DocBindra on November 4, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Here we go again...the tour has barely started and one is ready to bite the dust, lol. Unbelievable, never fails.

  • BravoBravo on November 4, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    @maximum 6: Nicely said, like your comment. For some people, the world is not moved on, they are still talking about revenge, posting hateful comment. The last time I heard that sport inspires love and passion NOT the hate. Beating this ENG team will not be easy. They have learned from their mistake during recently concluded ENG vs PAK series. However, both the teams (IND and ENG) dont have a glorious (recent) past. Lets see who intimidates who. This test series between two teams: one is average (#2) team and other is just mediocre (#5).

  • bonobo on November 4, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    does it really benefit England to have so many in the sqaud on standby for one test. is the purpose of a 16, not that it should cover 1 or 2 injuries. Unless they want the option of having a bowler of genuine pace, which i gather Meaker has.

  • gsingh7 on November 3, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    another sa born cricketer!! seems england cant find 11 of their own ;are cupboards bare, lolz

  • A_Vacant_Slip on November 3, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Well said @maximum6. Totally predictable comment from one or two India follower - and yet amazingly Indian follower also claim Samit Patel as "Indian"... all very funny! What happen when person is born in England to Pakistani parent - then family move to live in Kenya when 5 year old? Are they English, Pakistani or Kenyan? I know plenty people like that... @maximum6 you are so right about world being strange place! Some people need to get out more :-)

  • TheBengalTiger on November 3, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    India v South Africa should be a good series. This South African team seams to have 1 or 2 english players in it though...

  • landsite on November 3, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    My son played with Toby until under 17 club level at Sunbury and suffice it to say no one was in my son's class but both club and County(Middlesex)did not give him the chance he so deserved.People and coaches who saw my son was certain that he would play for England at some level.I wont go into who was given the big push at Middlesex,Adam Landon is another who was given the push that my son could have done with.My son is now a teacher and an ex Minor Counties player who teaches at his school feels that he (my son )can walk into any county team even now,he is 1 year older than Toby.That's the way things roll for certain people.

  • JG2704 on November 3, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Guessing it's a like for like change and It'd be good to see hin get a runout in the next England game.

  • SDHM on November 3, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - Briggs is pretty much a limited overs specialist at the moment; Hampshire barely played him in the County Championship this year. Get the feeling Kerrigan & Borthwick are ahead of head in the queue when it comes to Tests. About Meaker however, he doesn't just match Finn for pace, he's most definitely quicker - he skids the ball on and reverses the old ball, which makes me think he'd be hugely effective in India, but Surrey fans will have to tell me whether he swings the new ball at all. In fact, he and Finn would make a hell of an exciting combination, if a touch expensive (how Finn leaks runs in Tests but manages to strangle scoring rates in limited overs cricket is one of life's great mysteries to me).

  • Juiceoftheapple on November 3, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Meaker took a bit of tap in the T20s I think, but his CC record in Div 1 speaks for itself. Roland Jones has only just become a Middx CC team regular, give him time! What I saw of Meaker last year (not much) he looked fast, had excellent control and swung the ball, bit of a Cummins about him. Big bowler for the future, without a doubt.

  • MattyP1979 on November 3, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Nice for the lad to get a look in, but I doubt he can force his way in. Eng have a decent enough attack by the looks of things and a pretty long tail. Should be a tough contest.

  • RaelMoon on November 3, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @gerrardLK well said i hope he will be back in 2nd test, though i would love to see Roland-Jones sharing the new ball with him some day... @ InsideHedge since when exp of 2 ODI is helping to get test cap's?

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 3, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    It is very boring when the same sad remarks re nationality get trotted out time and time again. Meaker has been here since he was 12. Should he now go and play for SA? Should Strauss who was born in RSA have played for SA? Only those who have been nowhere and done nothing could really argue these sad nonsenses about qualification for England. Hell you don't even have to have been born in Yorkshire to play for Yorkshire any more. The world has moved on. Except with your sort. Please don't leave your villages. The world is far too strange.

  • InsideHedge on November 3, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I was impressed with Roland-Jones last year but he has no international experience whatsoever whereas Meaker has played ODIs for England and will be familiar with the set up. I'm not sure Roland-Jones has even played for England 'A', given England are almost always conservative it's asking a lot for them to send young Toby out to India.

    Meaker is likely to play in the ODIs, his involvement with the main Test squad will give him a better chance of success after Xmas. Meaker's also a handy bat, I see him as a backup and nothing more, only Tremlett could have been a like for like replacement for Finn, Eng have obviously accepted that Onions is next in line after Finn, and Meaker is there as a backup - he's basically taking over Onions' role.

  • Harvey on November 3, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @Nicholas_Clarke, I agree with you regarding Toby Roland-Jones. He is a FAR better bowler than Meaker. I also think he's the type of bowler who could be successful in subcontinental conditions. My only reservation about TRJ is that he often takes a while to get going and can be expensive in his early overs, which may not go down well with those who haven't seen much of him. The fact is however that he nearly always does find form eventually, and generally has spells in a match where he is close to unplayable. His first class average speaks for itself.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 3, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Real shame about Finn. Had high hopes for him this series. Be interetsing to see how Meaker does... I've got a feeling England will be boring and stick with the likes of Broad again, regardless of form/impact. Where is Briggs by the way? He deserves a run here surely?

  • subbass on November 3, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Agreed, Roland-Jones should be getting in the squad he is highly impressive and can bat a bit. Meaker is quick but expensive, he's nowhere near Finns class. it's a great shame that Finny picked up the injury, I strongly fancied him to do well on this tour. Still, it's just a matter of time and he should end up ripping through the brittle Aussie batting in the back to back Ashes series that England will win comfortably.

  • InsideHedge on November 3, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    He's a strong lad, who bowls with a good action, lots of stamina. Can he swing/seam it away from the RHander? That's the key for me, as the slower wickets will negate Meaker's pace, the delivery that shapes away is a killer for any batsman.

    Meaker's a nice bloke too from what I could tell when I saw him off field last year, no airs or graces about him, he looks to be someone who enjoys his cricket. Even if he doesn't get a game, it'll be a great experience for him. And I suspect he's likely to be in the starting XI when the limited overs stuff start - altho that will be a whole new squad altogether.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on November 3, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @ GerrardLK - But no relief for SL fans as Ind is going to win ! :)

  • SurlyCynic on November 3, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Can't see Meaker starting, think he'll be carrying the biltong and Guinness as 12th man.

  • Nicholas_Clarke on November 3, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Come on now! What about Toby Roland Jones? The kid has been on fire for Middlesex with 131 wickets in 32 matches @ 20.78 . How did Meeker surpass him in the pecking order?

  • bumsonseats on November 3, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    TATTUs if coming to the uk at 11 years of age makes him a saffar then your right, but pray tell us at what age can a person leave his country of birth and not be able to play for the country that his mother and father emigrated to. hes played for every age group that surrey has put on the field, so it was a silly comment to make. perhaps if everyone emigrating to another country though the same as you it would be a poorer world.

  • GerrardLK on November 3, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    In one way it's good that Finn is not playing cause if he did then India would not even score 200 in an innings & matches would end in 3 days. So some relief for Indian fans.

  • jonesy2 on November 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4 -- sure does. and whats more the bowlers england have that arent medium pace are expensive, this guy meaker and finn both go at almost 4 an over in county cricket which does not cut it at test level

  • jonesy2 on November 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    do england actually have a test class bowler at all? maybe anderson but thats debatable and he will be next to useless in india

  • priceless1 on November 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Meaker is a better Bowler than Finn

  • Naresh28 on November 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    INDIA should give ABID NABI a trial. He has a build more like SHOIB AKTAR. When on song takes a bucket of wickets. What I like is his solid build. Another good prospect is Abu Nechim Ahmed. Sreesanth and RP Singh should sent to MRF. This will give us a better base for pace bowlers. Adding to the pool of YADAV, AARON, ISHANT

  • TATTUs on November 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Seems like England can find South Africans at ease while Englishmen are hard to find.

  • markatnotts on November 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Que stampede of comments about how he shouldn't be allowed to play for England, because despite Meaker living in England since he was 12, he learnt all his cricket in SA lol. Some of the same people then think it is ok for Oz to play Kawaja, Ronchi, Symonds etc.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 3, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    The only decent pacer has succumbed after all ...the burden of 'carrying' a popgun bowling of generous 80 mph trundlers was too much for the young gangling frame of Finn.The new guy called in is also capable of 90 mph odd (and fared pretty well with Finn in the last time in India ...5-0 ODI loss...) but is a wayward and raw with a lack of other 'skills' of Finn.Unlike the Aussies it will be curtains for Eng if Finn is out for a lengthy layoff given the lack of quality pace options which Aus has in large nos. ( Possibly the best in the world.....def the most potent 'young' speedsters to come along in a while..) And... talk about the injury to young Pat Cummins which Finn is a poor man's version of ( capable of similar speeds minus the raw wicket taking attributes of the Aussie gun..), Aus has 3 or 4 others (rookies) with about as much potential in the wings......says a lot ,doesn't it?

  • half_blood-prince on November 3, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    One can not predict the results bt one thing ive seen that the english are doin good preparations and can say better than us,take a look at ours last year, just one warmup..!!..you have to be serious to win a series in overseas ..looks like no one from india has a point to prove(apart from kohli)..

  • Avidcricketlover on November 3, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    "fast" bowlers are the only option for england to take wickets in India. Anderson or Broad won't cut it. If possible, play both Finn and Meaker with Bresnan, that is a good attack against India. Swann can swing his bat for a few. So, he is good to be there.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 3, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I'm speechless. He would not have been even my fourth or fifth choice. I just do not see him as making an impact at this level and less still in the sub-continent!

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  • CricketingStargazer on November 3, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I'm speechless. He would not have been even my fourth or fifth choice. I just do not see him as making an impact at this level and less still in the sub-continent!

  • Avidcricketlover on November 3, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    "fast" bowlers are the only option for england to take wickets in India. Anderson or Broad won't cut it. If possible, play both Finn and Meaker with Bresnan, that is a good attack against India. Swann can swing his bat for a few. So, he is good to be there.

  • half_blood-prince on November 3, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    One can not predict the results bt one thing ive seen that the english are doin good preparations and can say better than us,take a look at ours last year, just one warmup..!!..you have to be serious to win a series in overseas ..looks like no one from india has a point to prove(apart from kohli)..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 3, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    The only decent pacer has succumbed after all ...the burden of 'carrying' a popgun bowling of generous 80 mph trundlers was too much for the young gangling frame of Finn.The new guy called in is also capable of 90 mph odd (and fared pretty well with Finn in the last time in India ...5-0 ODI loss...) but is a wayward and raw with a lack of other 'skills' of Finn.Unlike the Aussies it will be curtains for Eng if Finn is out for a lengthy layoff given the lack of quality pace options which Aus has in large nos. ( Possibly the best in the world.....def the most potent 'young' speedsters to come along in a while..) And... talk about the injury to young Pat Cummins which Finn is a poor man's version of ( capable of similar speeds minus the raw wicket taking attributes of the Aussie gun..), Aus has 3 or 4 others (rookies) with about as much potential in the wings......says a lot ,doesn't it?

  • markatnotts on November 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Que stampede of comments about how he shouldn't be allowed to play for England, because despite Meaker living in England since he was 12, he learnt all his cricket in SA lol. Some of the same people then think it is ok for Oz to play Kawaja, Ronchi, Symonds etc.

  • TATTUs on November 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Seems like England can find South Africans at ease while Englishmen are hard to find.

  • Naresh28 on November 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    INDIA should give ABID NABI a trial. He has a build more like SHOIB AKTAR. When on song takes a bucket of wickets. What I like is his solid build. Another good prospect is Abu Nechim Ahmed. Sreesanth and RP Singh should sent to MRF. This will give us a better base for pace bowlers. Adding to the pool of YADAV, AARON, ISHANT

  • priceless1 on November 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Meaker is a better Bowler than Finn

  • jonesy2 on November 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    do england actually have a test class bowler at all? maybe anderson but thats debatable and he will be next to useless in india

  • jonesy2 on November 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4 -- sure does. and whats more the bowlers england have that arent medium pace are expensive, this guy meaker and finn both go at almost 4 an over in county cricket which does not cut it at test level