Why should Collingwood do everything for England? Its time the others stepped up to the plate and performed as a team. Only then can England win. It won't matter if Giles it dropped and Monty is brought in.
Even if he manages to take all 10 wickets, the BATTING has to be good enough to support him!
Well...the first innings of the last test and second of the first showed that the batting was good enough - they just need to be more team-cohesive.
Fletcher picks the starting 11, no one else. Obviously Flintoff can make suggestions, but I would be amazed if Jones had any input in team selection...amazed.
I don't have anything against Cook, but I think he is the only droppable player in the top 6. Vaughan has a great record over there, and could instill the Aussies with a bit of fear. Something needs to be changed. The main reason I would pick Mahmood is because of his pace and bounce...I know Perth isn't the trampoline of old, but we've seen Anderson get smacked thus far.
Monty will be in the next side, it's a no-brainer. Giles was supposedly picked for his fielding and batting, which both failed him in the last test.
Shah is on form at the moment, but I don't think he's available for selection, correct me if I'm wrong. Besides, Shah has had a chance and not really taken it so I can't see Fletcher going back to him...not yet anyway.
Edit: the story about Vaughan sounds crazy! I thought he was happily married?
I don't think putting vaughan in the team is an option. He would need many, many matches to regain his match fitness and mentality, aswell as his timing for the pull/cut shots etc.
I never said there was any substance to the story, but you notice that Trescothick's first instance of coming home for "personal reasons" was during India when Vaughan had already flown home. Then again he didn't want to leave for India. Also he came back from Australia while Vaughan was still in the UK. It's probably just a silly rumour with no real substance except the coincidence of him always wanting to be in the UK when Vaughan is in the UK. It's probably nothing more than idle office talk. Just because someone's happily married on the outside doesn't mean that they don't cheat or they don't have problems. How much do we really know about what goes on behind closed doors? Very little.
Regarding Fletcher's "mini-selection" panel, I quote cricinfo.com for this Fletcher quote:
"Andrew and I have the final say," he confirmed, adding that the mysterious selection committee didn't include David Graveney or any of the home selectors, but instead consisted of a panel of senior players - Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and Jones - who are consulted prior to each Test. Given that Jones, who does not currently have a central contract, is one of the most contentious choices on this tour already, it is a further sign that Shane Warne was spot on in his pre-series assessment, when he claimed that Fletcher has his "favourites".
Vaughan isn't in the UK...
I must say - warney is doing a great job of wangling a future spot on TMS by being spot on with his analysis of the England team.
He was at the beginning of the tour. He flew out of the UK with the academy squad which left later than the actual Ashes squad.
Warne will be on TV presenting something about 30 seconds after the end of his final game. In fact he'll probably do the presentation ceremony instead of our dear Mark at the end of his final test match for Channel 9.
I dunno...he does seem like the sort who would enjoy the TMS banter - I hope so, as he'd be a great catch - the modern benaut, perhaps.
We may be lucky and get him swapping between that and the Aus telly channels - for the ashes atleast.
Yeah, surely everyone knew we won the ashes last year due to our ability to take 20 of australia's wickets. Nothing to do with the batting line up or the people in the side. That seems to have been disregarded this ashes tour in favour of people who have won it before (even if they are not good enough now...i.e. giles) or a strong batting line up.
Even so, the first priority in any test line up is to play your "in form" players. If we were playing against South Africa this test series, we would have played panesar and reed because they were in form (like we did against Pakistan). However because its the ashes, we've played people who Fletcher thought could beat the aussies. Its ridiculous. Play on our own merit not on who we are playing, and we would have stood a better chance. This ashes series has been diabolical and we need to sack Fletcher the moment we get home and seriously have a think about what we do when we go abroad.
Yes! Pakistan one up in the series. Yes, it wasn't THAT convincing, but its a victory!
Inzamam sent out a powerful message; why the team needs him till the World Cup. What a player. Calm, cool, collected and ready to explode!