OPINION: Daniel Gregory - Boycott spot on with Plunkett assessment

Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory: Boycott spot on with Plunkett assessment
Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory: Boycott spot on with Plunkett assessment
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Sir Geoffrey Boycott played a blinder in his comment piece for the Telegraph this week, suggesting England’s huge backroom staff shouldn’t tinker with Yorkshire pace man Liam Plunkett.

Plunkett has been in outstanding form with the ball for Yorkshire so far this season and Boycott attributes some of that to the hands-off approach by coach Jason Gillespie.

24 March 2012.....    Geoff Boycott

24 March 2012..... Geoff Boycott

There is often far too much tinkering when it comes to bowling coaches, particularly in the England backroom staff, which has been heavily criticised by many pundits for being far too extensive with many trying to tinker just to justify their ECB paycheck.

Look at Steven Finn. Arguably our best young quick, who showed an abundance of potential, only to be tampered with so many times it completely ruined him.

I just hope they leave him be. Let him bend his back, bowl quick and get the Sri Lankans dancing around the crease.

At the time of going to press, England hadn’t named their XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka that got under way Lord’s this morning, but it was expected to be a straight shoot-out between Plunkett and all-rounder Chris Woakes for the final spot.

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Cricket - LV County Championship - Yorkshire v Sussex - Day 2 - Headingley, Leeds, England - 11/04/13 - Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett celebrates the wicket of Sussex's Rory Hamilton-Brown (lbw).

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Cricket - LV County Championship - Yorkshire v Sussex - Day 2 - Headingley, Leeds, England - 11/04/13 - Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett celebrates the wicket of Sussex's Rory Hamilton-Brown (lbw).

Boycott said the selectors should be ‘ashamed of themselves’ if they make him carry the drinks.

I wholeheartedly agree with Sir Geoffrey when he said: “Woakes is not that good, he is really a stand-in for Ben Stokes.”

It would be a negative selection, but typically English at the same time.

I was impressed with the squad announcement.

I’d have kept Michael Carberry in there for at least a couple more Tests, and I’d like to see Eoin Morgan get another crack at Test Match cricket.

Chris Jordan had to be a shoe-in. He is a great foil for Stuart Broad and James Anderson, and can bat and field too.

The selections of Sam Robson, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance and Plunkett are all gambles, but I like that Moores seems to be keen to start afresh.

Joe Root and Matt Prior need runs but deserved a degree of loyalty. I think both will come good.