December 4, 2012
Will England drop their vice-captain?
Stuart Broad has taken more wickets in tests than any other seamer in world cricket in 2012 but after two matches he is down on pace, runs and confidence. A fit again Steven Finn, in the tour party to shake up opponents with pace and bounce, is straining at the leash.
The Scoop says go for Finn; Broad’s time will come again – YES.
Will Tendulkar follow Ponting into retirement?
The Little Master is woefully short of runs and age has caught up with him. As a national institution, he is undroppable. But he seems to have lost his touch and critics claim that his eyes are gone. His situation mirrors that of Ricky Ponting who has finally bowed out after 168 tests.
The Scoop says Father Time has caught up with you Sachin; go before you are pushed – YES.
Will the pitch in Kolkata turn?
A very public spat has just been played out in the Indian media between MS Dhoni, the BCCI and the head groundsman. The latter is objecting to interference on how best to prepare his test pitch and resents being told to make it turn from ball 1.
The Scoop says the pitch will turn; India is not yet ready to abandon its strategy of trial by spin – YES
Has world cricket seen the end of Graeme Smith?
Smith has led South Africa for an astonishing ten years and taken them to undisputed No 1 in the rankings. This raise the question as to whether he has anything else to achieve at international level. But Smith is not quite in Strauss territory yet; he is still only 31 and he’s batting as well as ever.
The Scoop says expect Smith to continue for a while yet; he has an insatiable hunger for runs and for South African success – NO
Can an international captain continue to produce his best form when skippering the side?
Conventional wisdom dictates that the strains of captaincy eventually have a detrimental effect on a captain’s form – cite Andrew Strauss, MS Dhoni et al. But it seems as if Michael Clarke, and more recently Alastair Cook, are bucking this trend.
The Scoop says it will be intriguing to see how Clarke and Cook go over the coming series – WAIT AND SEE
The Scoop 04/12/12