England squads for the winter announced – part timers included in the teams

They’ve announced the squads for the Tests and ODIs for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka…

Goughie misses out in both forms of the game (but may get a trip to the West Indies next spring). The bowling attack for the tests looks pretty iffy I have to say – Anderson, Harmison, Flintoff and Hoggard are the mainstays (which is good), but there’s no real back up. Instead there’s a few “all rounders” in the shape of Batty, Clarke, Johnson and Collingwood. The batting looks devastating though. Vaughan, Trescothick, Butcher, Hussain, Thorpe, Flintoff. That’s pretty scary. Hopefully they’ll put on big enough totals that our bowling line up can defend. That and staying injury free and we should still win both series. One injury to a main bowler though and we’re screwed.

The one day side looks even weaker on the bowling front. The addition of Kirtley is good, but the inclusion of Anderson and the ommission of Harmison and Gough surely has to be bad? Calling up fat lad Blackwell (perhaps the widest cricketer known to man) is surely a mistake as well, isn’t it? Ah well. Beating Bangladesh (particularly at one day cricket) shouldn’t be that hard. The same side up against Sri Lanka is a whole different kettle of fish. I’d still bet on us, but it ain’t as clear cut as it should be…