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Postby lw789 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:41 am

Mark Woods ongoing ankle issues have left a host of county seamers hoping for a call-up to the England Test squad to face Sri Lanka. Steve Finn would be the most logical choice to slot into the XI, with only injury preventing him playing a larger role in his countrys winter programme, but who else could England be looking at?Here are five players perhaps in contention for a pace place, either in the team or as 12th man… Steve Finn (Middlesex) Finns winter was affected by injury The Middlesex man is the obvious front runner, having impressed on recall during last summers Ashes triumph (12 wickets at 22.50) and again in South Africa (11 wickets at 26.09) as England secured a notable away win. Finns injury record of late has not been stellar, the pacer missing his countrys autumn tour of the UAE (foot) and the recent ICC World T20 (calf), but 113 wickets in 29 Tests at an average of 28.34, coupled with some encouraging early-season form for his county, means it would be a huge surprise if the 27-year-old was overlooked for Headingley.Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire) Liam Plunkett has a good record against Sri Lanka Plunketts main role for England in recent times has been chief drinks carrier but he forced his way into their XI at the World T20 and must be a contender for the first Test at a ground he now calls home, having moved from Durham in 2013. Plunketts greatest success in the Test arena has come against Sri Lanka, too, the seamer claiming 22 of his 41 wickets against the subcontinental outfit, including nine at Headingley two years ago. Plunketts batting could also give him the nod - he has three first-class tons to his name, including one this season from just 82 balls.Keith Barker (Warwickshire) Keith Barker would give England a left-arm threat Warwickshires left-armer would be a left-field selection but he has been a steady campaigner for a while, averaging just shy of 50 Championship wickets over the last four years. Barker, godson to Sir Clive Lloyd and eligible to play for West Indies due to Caribbean parentage, has begun 2016 in fine fettle, snaffling five Hampshire wickets before lunch on the opening morning and grabbing 19 from his four matches to date. The seamer would also be pretty tasty in Englands pre-game kick-about, having once been on Blackburns books and played for Rochdale in League Two.Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire) Jake Ball impressed live on Sky Sports for Nottinghamshire Stuart Broad has been getting valuable overs under his belt for Nottinghamshire in recent weeks but the England star has played second fiddle in terms of wickets to team-mate Ball, the latter collecting 19 thus far. A winter spent bowling for England Lions seems to have helped the 25-year-old, with Nottinghamshire skipper Chris Read noting how his charge now looks lively and fitter. Ball snared a five-for against Surrey in April - Kumar Sangakkara among his victims - and a four-wicket haul versus ACAPsoftville, while he also impressed live on Sky Sports against Yorkshire, nipping out Joe Root and Adam Lyth for first-ball ducks.Tom Curran (Surrey) Is Surreys Tom Curran in the England reckoning? Former West Indies bowler Ravi Rampaul has been Surreys primary source of wickets this term but team-mate Curran has been a quality accomplice off the back of an eye-catching 2015 season in which he took 76 Championship scalps at 23.07, albeit in Division Two. The South Africa-born seamer, son of late Zimbabwe and Northamptonshire all-rounder Kevin Curran, has a best of 4-58 against Nottinghamshire in Surreys opener but was made to toil by a rampant Root and Jonny Bairstow when the London-based side ran into Yorkshire this week at Headingley. Which seamers do you think England should select to face Sri Lanka at Headingley? Let us know by commenting below or tweet us @SkyCricket...Then head to Sky Sports News HQ and Sky Sports digital platforms on Thursday morning for first news of Englands Test squad to play Sri Lanka. Also See: Englands options: Openers Englands options: Middle order Pundits pick England squad WATCH: Skys summer of cricket Eric Weddle Jersey . 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New York snapped its 16-game losing streak Monday with a win against New Orleans and made it two straight with the victory against the lowly Sixers.The Knicks won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 2.Guys are still having fun with the game and not letting our record keep us down, Anthony said. Were still enjoying the game of basketball.The Sixers eight wins are only one more than New Yorks total, and each team is battling to better its odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery.Knicks President Phil Jackson tried to tell Knicks fans better times were ahead by building around Anthony. The Sixers started the season on a 17-game losing streak and have been open about a rebuilding process that included holding a bounty of draft picks.The teams instead played in game that was billed as Tank Bowl.Sixers rookie centre Nerlens Noel was sent home with an illness and their 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid has not played this season.New York (92.7) and Philadelphia (90.0) entered at the bottom of the league in scoring averages and laboured to even crack 80 in this one until a surge in the final minutes.The Knicks let a 14-point lead be sliced to three on Michael Carter-Williams fast-break layup with 7 minutes left. MCW — as hes known around the league — had 25 points by that time but it came on 9 of 23 shooting. He finished with 27.I was just trying to keep us in the game, Carter-Williams said. I was trying to keep it close and hopefully at the end we could squeeze it out.Not this time.Carter-Williams had one less option on offence with Noel out with the upper respiratory infection. Noel griped after Mondays blowout loss at Washington that the offence had become stagnant and the Sixers have to be able to reward our big guys.Coach Brett Brown said passiing always remained a point of emphasis, though the responsibility, will always be dropped on the point guards doorstep.ddddddddddddHe also downplayed any hint of a rift between two of Philadelphias projected cornerstones.Its two friends trying to figure it out. Its healthy, Brown said. These guys, they amazingly get along and coexist on buses and locker rooms and all that. Just sometimes, they dont pass to each other. Theyre so tunnel visioned, its not that theyre selfish.Both the Knicks and 76ers insist they are not tanking, fielding a noncompetitive roster in hopes of bettering the odds for high draft picks and potential franchise players. The likely prize this year is Duke centre Jahlil Okafor.Anthony opened the second half with consecutive 3s that helped the Knicks build a 61-47 lead. Robert Covington pulled the Sixers to 91-87 on a 3-pointer with 1:30 left that at least ensured that the few thousand fans that turned out would get a competitive finish.Langston Galloway, who starred at nearby Saint Josephs, ended the threat of a comeback with a 3 from the corner that made it 96-89 and produced a nice roar from the Knicks fans that always make the short trip to Philly.I had to get one up real quick and it went down for me, Galloway said.TIP-INS:Knicks: Forward Lou Amundson and centre Jason Smith played for the 76ers. ... New York has won four straight and 15 of 20 in the series. ... Jose Calderon scored 15 points.76ers: Guard Tony Wroten sat again with a sprained right knee and forward Luc Mbah a Moute was out with a left knee contusion. ... Brett did not rule out Embiid playing this season, though it still remained unlikely.JERAMI ON THE BLOCK:Forward Jerami Grant had eight blocks, the most for a Sixer since Samuel Dalembert had nine on Dec. 12, 2007 vs. Minnesota and the most by a Sixers rookie since Shawn Bradley had nine on Jan. 17, 1994 at Dallas. He had the most blocks by any rookie since Milwaukees Larry Sanders had eight on Dec. 1, 2010 at Denver.UP NEXT:Knicks host Orlando on Friday.76ers host Toronto on Friday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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