“Root or Compton? Let’s have both and, er, James Taylor can go elsewhere to make room. He didn’t do much right or wrong, so maybe no-one will notice that he’s gone.”
Root and Compton. It’s nice to see a 21-year-old and a 29-year-old both being selected for the first time for almost entirely different reasons. It speaks of open-mindedness or something. There are a few other interesting selections as well.
We’re not entirely sure, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen Joe Root bat. Decent record and Graham Thorpe thinks he’s ace. That’ll do us.
Lumpen, plodding and patient. It works for Cook and Trott. The third of those attributes is particularly important when batting on the first few days in India. While we can’t see him contributing much on day four or day five, hopefully he’ll already have done a job by then.
Has presumably been recalled due to his ability against spin, which wasn’t in any way on display when England played Pakistan earlier in the year. To be fair, he generally succumbed to the straight one, so maybe a raging turner will give him a better chance. Despite the tone of this paragraph, we’re rather happy he’s back.
When it comes to Tests taking place in India, the home team takes a massive proportion of its wickets through spin. The away team does not. This is really quite important. Monty Panesar probably won’t play and we’re not really convinced there’s much merit in playing Samit Patel for his bowling (although we’ve time for his batting, funnily enough). All the same, should Graeme Swann succumb to old man’s elbow, we’d like a proper spinner to step in and there’s no way in the world we’d pick anyone over Monty.
Isn’t in the squad.