- Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:39 am
Salter not in the 12 man squad for tonight. You would have thought with the pitches that have been on offer in Cardiff he should be there, especially with no Labuschagne. With his contract up for renewal and him not getting a place now in the T20 side as well as the 4 day one, his position must be under threat. Unfortunately another homegrown player who may not have reached his full potential. He has not been quite as effective this season in the T20 with just 4 wickets and going at 9.31. However he would play if I was selecting the team - which I am not!
With regard to Hogan, I assume a decision was made that he would not play T20 and as most coaches seem pretty stubborn once they have made a decision, I don't expect any changes. I agree that given the unavailability of key players it could be revisited.
The 12 for today's game looks very lightweight. Root has failed repeatedly in T20 and I hope Pearce starts in his place. Also offers a bit of leg spin. Otherwise a lot of pressure on the likes of TvdG and Sisodiya. Douthwaite has been a real positive in this competition with bat and ball.
I thought Walker did well at Radlett until he bowled his 3rd over in a row, which should never have happened. Weighell is not good enough, having taken just 1 wicket and gone at 10.5. Great effort with the bat on Sunday but his main job is as a bowler. If he plays because of his batting then it has to be in place of a batsman. Do not select bowlers on the basis of the runs they might score.
I still advocate that Smith has shown himself to be the best bowler in this format, in the absence of Neser. It has been repeatedly said if you listen to the commentary from Powell et al. Just has a bit more pace than the others (watch the last ball of the 14th over in the game against Middx at Sophia Gardens). I am sure I will be shot down again by saying this but I suggest you go to You Tube and watch the 19th over he bowled against Essex or the 18th at home against Middlesex. Hopefully he will be fit soon.