RE: WOW I'm betting England wish they had a world class batmans they could call upon now...
August 20, 2012, 23:43:46
Not so sure about that - Bairstow batted well and in two innings made 150 of the POM runs. Would Pietersen in his place made 200 runs?
However, I must admit that the half-POM team would jabe done better after leaving out one of the Out of Africa players. After all -
* Strauss borne in Johannesburg and left for England a few years later;
* Trott started playing cricket in SA - where he was born and grew up; and
* Finn is married to a South African;
* Flower is from Zimbabwe and fled to England - his father independence was Mugabe's head of Security after working for Bitish intelligence whilt serving under Ian Smith.
Add Pietersen to that and you have a real SA omelet there. That is why they had to stamp out any potential disunity or disloyalty in the team - and Pietersen was sacrificed for that reason Stupid of the ECB to do that before this test - but the POM players in the team ganged up on all the SA-orientated crowd - the latter including Swan and Broad in an effort to ensure their future in the team. Swan himself was bad as a bowler - taking 3 wickets in four innings with 1 wicket for every 135 runs scored off his bowling - so what can one say about this dighead?