An All-Round Failure…

A spectre is haunting England – the spectre of a new Flintoff. It would be as welcome as a socialist utopia but it’s just as likely to be achieved. Who could take the mantle? Bresnan is a decent player but in terms of the boost he’d give the side he’s a pro-plus to Flintoff’s 4o,000 volts. He’s more like a new Mark Ealham. Broad’s a talented strokeplayer but anyone who’d feel assured to watch him mosey out at six is hopelessly naive or, er – Australian. No one matches up and yet I fear that the selectors might pursue Sir Humphrey’s old maxim, “Something must be done. This is something. Therefore we must do it.” We need an all-rounder. Here is an all-rounder. Therefore, pad ‘im up and send ‘im in with four wickets down.

This would be a singularly foolish move: pick an all-round average player and they might get a duck, feed Ponting’s run-lust and waste room on the team coach. It’s akin to doing away with a serviceable bike in favour of a car that doesn’t start. You can’t always get what you want.

About the only worthwhile option might have been Samit Patel. As well as being a fine batsman, he could have doubled up with Swann on spin-conducive pitches like Sydney and Adelaide. Regrettably the selectors feel he doesn’t match up to their ascetic fitness demands. To use an out-of-place proverb, you can’t have your cake and eat it.

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