Root had a strike rate of 106.That was an oustranding performance from England. Roy showed the likes of Root, Kohli, Williamson, Smith etc. how you should play in these conditions. These aren't unplayable conditions, far from it, but you need an attacking mentality.
Sandpaper is sadly missed. What a legThey took the fucken sandpaper off us mate, what did you expect?
Kohli fails in knockout games. I wouldn't have him in there.Cricket World Cup Team of the tournament by Test Match Special:
1 - Rohit Sharma
2 - David Warner
3 - Virat Kohli
4 - Kane Williamson
5 - Shakib Al Hasan
6 - Ben Stokes
7 - Alex Carey
8 - Chris Woakes
9 - Mitchell Starc
10 - Jofra Archer
11 - Jasprit Bumrah the Ever Living
Not much to disagree with there. The way I see it:
Locks - Sharma, Al Hasan, Starc, Williamson
Near locks - Stokes, Carey, Bumrah the Ever Living
No beef: Jofra, Kohli
Arguable: Warner and Woakes.
Not sure when this chat took place but I think Warner vs Roy got settled on Thursday. Roy is the form player and looked other-worldly for a few overs there; he'd be in ahead of Warner now. I might be a bit biased there though as fuck Warner, mostly.
Woakes, he was exceptional yesterday. That said it's a fact that he's taken fewer wickets than Lockie Ferguson at a vastly inferior average (19v30) and worse economy. So that really, really confounds me tbh. That's a pretty bad selection I think.
Babar Azam and Root arguably very unlucky to miss out, but Stokes has had some special, special innings. I'd have Stokes a lock if these two weren't breathing down his neck...plus, he's Stokes. Dunno though, imagine adding Root to that line up? Then your bowling is Hasan, Ferguson (or Woakes), Starc, Archer, Bumrah the Ever Living with Root supplying spin relief. Still five very elite bowlers and a tidy sixth one. But i'll stick with Stokes I guess.
Any more opinions?