England Cricket Fans Unhappy Over Selection for Warm-Up Game

England cricket fans are unhappy about the team for Saturday’s warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI, according to twitter comments.

Moeen Ali was the only player selected from the team who played the second test in Adelaide, as the other players are made up of England Lions players.

They include Yorkshire’s Gary Balance.

The white-ball squad, announced yesterday, includes a strong Yorkshire contingent, with Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey and Liam Plunkett making the cut.

England scored 227 and 233 in their first and second innings in Adelaide, and lost the 2nd Test match by 120 runs on the final day.

A number of comments showed outrage at the batsmen being rested rather than given match practice before the third and deciding Test match in Perth on 14 December.

Two Australian batsmen, captain Steven Smith and middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh have scored hundreds so far this series, no England player has managed to reach this milestone. James Vince top-scored for England with 83 made in the first match at Brisbane.

Questions have also been raised about team selection for the next match, as suggestions ranged from Mark Wood to the more unlikely prospect of Ben Foakes as wicket-keeper and Bairstow as batsman.

General consensus shows, according to cricket fans, the team for Perth is by no means set.

England fans will look towards the warm-up game to offer a potential solution to the current Test form, and it offers young players an opportunity to impress the selectors before the concluding Test matches.

These comments came after the controversial announcement which included Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in England’s team for the upcoming One Day International series, after the conclusion of the Test series.

Sonia Twigg

MA Journalism, Sheffield University @sonia_255