England’s one-day all-rounders

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Are they going to win a game with the bat? Are they going to win a game with the ball?

  • Luke Wright
  • Dimitri Mascarenhas
  • Tim Bresnan
  • Adil Rashid

There’s room for players who chip in, rather than deciding matches on their own, but there seem to be altogether too many of them in England’s side. Dimitri Mascarenhas, for example, is a great batsman when you’ve got five overs to go, but he’s unlikely to pass 50 too often and he’s not going to run through a side with his bowling.

The other three are slightly different, in that they’re younger and are investments for the future to some degree. But there’s only so much international experience to invest. You can’t field all three of them, because none seem likely to win you a game.

At the minute, they’re 32 runs and 1-52 players.


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  1. The most important member of the England squad at the Champions Trophy will be the talent spotter who tries to recruit young South Africans to relocate to England from the SA domestic comp.

  2. Why did the ECB let Ryan McLaren scamper back home? We should’ve made an effort to convince him that he’s English

  3. Kent did everything they could to convince Ryan McClaren he was English. Sadly though, he always eschews the cake and custard at tea time and opts for fruit instead. He was a hopeless case.

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