Names on the plane
Bumble names the 16 England players he reckons will be on the plane to face Australia in the Ashes.
Last Updated: 19/10/10 9:26am
You may have heard me tip England to win the Ashes 5-0.
Well, there was a bit of a Glenn McGrath tongue-in-cheek element to those comments, but I do think England will win by two clear Tests. Quite simply England are a better team.
They will name their Ashes squad on Thursday I don't think the selectors will need a very long meeting when making their choices.
I might be one out, but this is what I think it will look like:
BATSMEN: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan
No surprises here. James Hildreth has been knocking on the door with seven centuries in Championship cricket and Geoff Miller has said that if players produce then they have every chance of getting in - well Hildreth has done that. There's no chance of him making the trip though because they're only going to take 16 players. The vulnerable player is Paul Collingwood, who has had a terrible summer. However, I can't see him failing to make the trip. There's no chance of Ravi Boapra or anybody else being included.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Matt Prior, Steven Davies
Craig Kieswetter has had a poor season, so I think it's fairly obvious that they'll go with Steven Davies as the back-up wicket-keeper to Matt Prior.
SPINNERS: Graeme Swann, James Tredwell
I think England will play with four bowlers and if anything happens to Swann then Tredwell will come into the side as the spinner. Adil Rashid or Monty Panesar are also in contention, but they're only going to pick one out of three. I think they'll go with Tredwell because he's the best like-for-like replacement for Swann. He bowls off-spin - so does Tredwell. We won't play two spinners in Australia, not once.
PACE: James Anderson, Steven Finn, Stuart Broad, Ajmal Shahzad, Chris Tremlett
Maybe Shahzad will miss out to Tim Bresnan, there's nothing much to choose between the two of them. Shahzad gets closer to the wickets than Bresnan, who is generally preferred in one-day cricket. Personally, I'd shade it towards Shahzad, but it will be one or the other. I think Tremlett is nailed on because what you need in Australia is bowlers who are very tall and get bounce. He's got everything and I know the selectors have been watching him. He's had a really good season, he's a far better bowler than he was and he's perfect for this tour. He fits the bill.
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Cricket-wise, the series against Pakistan has been as good as you get in one-day cricket.
Unfortunately that has been soured by comments from the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
All I will say about Ijaz Butt is that he has been appointed by the government, not by the sport. As Malcolm Speed said a couple of months ago, he's a basket case. Michael Atherton said we should disregard what he says and carry on.
Butt has produced no evidence to back up his accusations about the England players and I don't think there would have been any merit in cancelling the tour just because this guy sounded off.
I'm disappointed that everybody has been tarring every Pakistan cricketer with the same brush. During the Test series, three players were exposed by the News of the World and those accused players went home while an investigation takes place.
You can't say the other Pakistan cricketers are exactly the same because they're clearly not, so I don't agree with the calls to ban them from international cricket.
They need a wrap on the knuckles to get the administration in order. They need carefully selected, straight appointments in charge, but the problems with the administration should be taken in isolation from the playing side.
Years ago, footballers were found to be throwing games in the First Division. The players were banned, but the clubs weren't.
My view is this: if anybody is proven to be a fixer in any way, just ban them and end their careers. Punish the individuals.
But don't punish Pakistan cricket as a whole.
The Rose Bowl ODI marks the end of a very long season and I'll be very interested to see the 2011 schedule after it is thrashed out in the next fortnight by the ECB.
The day-night matches have been 'win the toss, win the game' and there have been too many Twenty20 matches. Plus if they're supposed to be a family day out, you can't be getting home at midnight.
Everybody wants to see a bit more thought put into the schedule for next year.
And speaking of schedules, the dates for my 'Start The Car' tour have been finalised. Click on the Norwell Lapley website for a full list of the dates and to find out how to book tickets.