At the beginning of this tournament, I was fairly upbeat, and in support of 50 over cricket. But it’s been dreadful, and England’s selection and tactics have been sometimes particularly painful.
One particular issue for me is, why no Trott? This perplexed this blog for a while, until that beautiful eureka moment finally occured.
It’s the bloody Champions Trophy. Trott is not in the squad for that, because the squad was picked bloody ages ago, before he was knocking the door down and other similar cliched metaphors. So there’s no point in picking him, because he’d have to be dropped, even if he performed amazingly.
The issues of changing the team now, perhaps by bringing players in such as Trott and other non-CT squad players, is obvious, and pretty valid.
Yet its annoying. Why can’t England just change the Champions Trophy squad? It’s probably for some benign reason, like all the squads have already recorded their little TV intros whereby they describe their favourite bat or whatever, and to bring new players in would wreck the TV producer’s favourite thing: continuity.
So there we have it: the problem with the Natwest series and why the Champions Trophy sucks. Thank you, and good night.