Injury plagued Surrey turn to experience!


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It is safe to say that Surrey haven’t had the ideal start to the domestic season. After a long hard fought draw against Essex in their first County Championship match, they began the road to Lord’s in the Royal London One Day Cup with two away encounters to Gloucestershire and Sussex. The trip up to Bristol initially went well as they bowled out the hosts for 235 with England’s Tom Curran and experienced seamer Rikki Clarke sharing 7 wickets. With Jason Roy opening and plenty of fire power and excitement to come, Surrey faltered badly and were subsequently bowled out for 88, Roy incidentally top scoring with 19.

Up to the picturesque Hove on Good Friday and my home team Sussex snatched a two wicket win from the visitors largely thanks to a splendid 92NO from Koplak David Wiese as yet again Sussex showed their strength in depth and competition for places. This was definitely an improved performance from Surrey with Sri Lankan series star wicketkeeper Ben Foakes top scoring with 64 alongside T10 pre season centurion Will Jacks who scored 56. Tom Curran starred with the ball but was very much a lone hand with Liam Plunkett struggling for form and rhythm ahead of the upcoming World Cup!

In a whirlwind tournament which features the 8 group matches plus finals, time is not on Surrey’s side with their last match in just over 2 weeks. The short turn arounds including travel and training means for these county players it is the most intense and gruelling stage of the season where the hard graft starts. Surrey have an injury problem with talented all rounder Jordan Clark from Lancashire still out with a knee injury whilst all rounder Scott Borthwick and spinner Amar Virdi have side and back issues – seamer Matt Dunn is also down with illness. They have some higher profile unavailability’s with Sam Curran playing in the IPL and overseas star Dean Elgar not arriving until next week. 


Liam Plunkett has and is struggling from the winter with his form and rhythm in his bowling and has been very costly and expensive with the ball in the RLODC and in the last 5 ODIS. Stoneman and Burns have not had great records in List A cricket and with the injuries they occupy spots where they need to be aggressive and its perhaps not their natural game.

Its not all lost for Surrey (and I am only summarising in the opening month of matches) but they need their senior players to step up and make a difference for a side plagued with injuries and will be tested to the roots with their squad depth. Another injury plagued bowler Stuart Meaker will play a key role in his comeback along with all rounder Ryan Patel in all 3 formats. With the inclusion of Elgar next week and the returns of the injured players coming in the next few weeks, can Surrey revitalise and surge towards the qualification of the One Day Cup!



12 thoughts on “Injury plagued Surrey turn to experience!

    1. Oh yes Dernbach- I was going to mention him. He’s been a great leader for Surrey and bowled with experience, knowledge and maturity for a young attack.

      Could Plunkett at 34 be the unlucky one for the World Cup for archer after 3 years of consistent ODI bowling? I hope not

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      1. Regardless of three years of form, he’s not in form now. He’s struggling and struggling horribly!

        We need to pick a team to win, not one selected on sentiment. He needs some wickets quick. Having said that, there’s a reasonable chance that somebody like Wood or Woakes etc will go down injured and save Plunkett’s place in doing so.

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      2. Yes definitely I agree we need to pick the best players that are available on form from present and past but more in the moment.

        Plunkett can get wickets but it was the Big Bash for me where he struggled on his run up and pace where the rails were coming off. This one Day Cup and the Pakistan Odis are huge for his career !!


  1. I want to ask you whether you think Archer should play in the World Cup for England. I know a lot about Archer and his style of playing due to the IPL, but I don’t know much about the performances of the other English bowlers outside of international games.

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    1. He has played phenomenally in the IPL and on that basis I would put him in. It’s a bit of a mix with the other seamers who have worked since the last World Cup and have become a great attack,

      Woakes has been fantastic where ever he has played and along with Wood they are both shoo ins

      Willey is a good left arm option and has shown his worth as a bowler to merit a place in the side.

      Then we have the guys that are likely to be replaced if archer comes in.

      Tom Curran is an expectional T20 bowler and so far in the domestic One Day Cup has taken 6-60 odd in 20 overs. In ODI’s he has shown good promise with a maiden 5fer against the Aussies but then has shown naivety and lack of form.

      Liam Plunkett has done exceptionally well in the middle overs for England at the age of 34 for the last 4 years. However, batters are playing him better and his record in the last 5 Odis aren’t good. And to make matters worse he has started horrendously in the One Day Cup going at close to 9 10 am over.

      Stokes will play as an allrounder and will bowl for sure.

      So I think Archer will make the World Cup squad in place of either Tom Curran or Plunkett because Archer is 3 dimensional and is such a talent that it would be criminal in my opinion to leave him out if someone is injured or is out of form like Plunkett is .

      Sorry for the long answer and thanks for the support :))

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      1. No no don’t be sorry at all. I love reading anything and everything on cricket, especially your takes. If I’m not wrong then some England players had said things against Archer, saying that it would be morally incorrect to play him, so wouldn’t that affect the vibes in the dressing room? If it comes to me, I would play Archer in any team that he is available for. What do you think England’s playing XI will be in the World Cup? Looking at their squad, I would say that they are definite favourites to win. Throw in the home advantage and you might end up as world champions.

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      2. The media have twisted a lot of what has been said of the England players and when you read the full interviews and scripts, they all say they would welcome Archer and it’s just part of international cricket.

        The dressing room I think wouldn’t be too affected because they have strong leaders and characters but you never know…

        We are favourites and for a good reason with home advantage and form but we can still improve for sure. I think Archer will be on the fringes if he makes the squad and will take part in the Cup.

        My starting lineup would be:

        1. Roy 2. Bairstow 3. Root 4. Morgan (C) 5. Buttler (+) 6. Stokes 7. Ali 8. Woakes 9. Willey 10. Rashid 11. Wood

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      3. Exactly my team! Except that I would want to play Archer instead of either Willet or Wood depending on form. Man, this is the best batting lineup in the whole tournament! Frequent Scores on the right side of 300 are on the cards!

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