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“If it was eight-a-side then we would have a great chance in the Ashes,” mused a Stoneman played five balls perfectly at Edgbaston before being bowled Authentic Jason Demers Youth Jersey by his sixth, a crackerjack delivery from Kemar Roach. All need runs to demonstrate that they should be Ashes bound and that may well happen. If not, the selectors may have to revert to the blindfold/pin method of choosing the last three players in their tour party. cricketing friend – an observation that reinforces two realities.After the Edgbaston Test, the series against West Indies has already been relegated to being a gentle, mildly helpful precursor to the winter tour – so, yes, we are now in official Ashes preview territory.Secondly this England Test team, however successful this summer – and the ledger is 4-1 to Joe Root’s side – is remarkably unbalanced. Seldom has there been such a gulf between the best players and those desperately trying to justify a place in the final XI. Graham Gooch famously noted after playing against New Zealand in the 1980s that it was like batting against the World XI at one end, where Richard Hadlee was bowling, and Ilford Seconds at the other. Opposition bowlers may feel the same against England. They might be confronted with one of Authentic Kent Bazemore Womens Jersey the best postwar English batsmen (Root) or the most tenacious (Cook) or the most explosive (Stokes), or one of three who have been journeying around the domestic game for almost a decade and who are still seeking that elusive breakthrough.We have been here before. England teams have not always contained a host of world-class players. There are always the journeymen, of which I was once one. They do not often last that long. But there is one oddity since the usual pattern is that the presence of three or four struggling newcomers in the same team usually coincides with a period of very limited success. Yet this summer, albeit against opposition of varying quality, England have prevailed with some style – at every venue except Nottingham. In part that can be explained by the peculiarities of cricket. In football or rugby three or four world-class players can be rapidly neutered if those around them are not much good. In cricket brilliant individual performances can mask the shortcomings of others more easily: a superb innings from a Root or a masterly spell from a Jimmy Anderson can be enough to dictate the outcome of the match.More often it requires almost an entire team of Test quality for regular success. Hence the fact that most England sides, where the gulf between the best and the rest has been blatantly obvious, have not been very successful. Most recently the XI that took to the field in Sydney in 2014 was http://www.officialpanthersonlinestore.com/Jason_Demers_Jerseynever likely to inspire confidence. The best, such as Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, were out of sorts; meanwhile the debutants – Scott Borthwick, Boyd Rankin and Gary Ballance – also struggled a bit. England lost the match by 281 runs. There were problems at the turn of the century as well. It was remarkable that a motley England side that had Darren Maddy and Chris Adams among the specialist batsmen at Centurion in 2000 was victorious – though we knew before the match that the series was already decided and afterwards we came to recognise that Hansie Cronje, the South Africa captain, had set himself an unusual goal: anything but the draw would do. The previous summer at The Oval against New Zealand, Nasser Hussain led a side that was bound to be flimsy if early wickets were lost – and so it proved. The prospect of runs from the bottom five, Ronnie Irani, Andrew Caddick, Alan Mullally, Phil Tufnell and Ed Giddins was negligible: that is a lineup memorable for the wrong reasons, which serves to remind us how fortunate Root is to have such ballast in his lower order (another reason why the deficiencies of his side are masked).Fast backwards to The Oval in 1988. Then England took on West Indies and the game was already  up. Alongside Gooch (captain No4 of the summer) and the defiant Robin Smith were Tim Curtis, Rob Bailey and Matthew Maynard, all three of them stalwarts of the county game – Maynard in particular was a devastating batsman for Glamorgan – but a quick perusal of their Test careers suggests that they never bridged the gap. West Indies http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Kent_Bazemore_Jersey won the match by eight wickets and the series 4-0.In that era West Indies highlighted frailties quicker than anyone. At Leeds in 1976 England had their world-class performers in Tony Greig and Alan Knott but occupying the critical No3 and No4 slots after the emergency opener David Steele, were Frank Hayes, who had the misfortune to play all nine of his Tests against the West Indies, and Chris Balderstone, whose winter plans were usually with Carlisle United. Despite centuries from Greig and Knott, West Indies won by 55 runs.It should be much easier for England at Headingley 41 years on. But there could still be that not-so-delicious agony for Tom Westley, Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman as they head for the crease. Westley and Malan have had their minor moments, having posted half‑centuries, but they have not yet leapt the barrier.http://www.harhey.com/webboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3399http://www.thailivestock.com/forum/aluko-alleges-manager-mark-jersey-sampson-made-remark http://demos.addicted-to-web.com/avarcade/?task=topic&id=15709&page=1

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