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Agree with all this except I don't think Azhar's batting should come into the equation. He is a skillful bowler who offers something different from our other seamers, being smaller and with his skiddy action. I think he would have been very useful back up for at least another year. It's also important to remember that over the years he's been one of our fittest seamers, rarely injured. When you consider how often we have at least one seamer out through injury (we even pulled Carter out of retirement this year to cover), this should be an important factor to weigh up.Ironside wrote: ↑Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:18 pmThere will have to be a replacement and it does need to be one that can bat a bit.
Much has been made of the frequent middle order collapses but more could and should have come from the tail
Of our five regular pace bowlers, Kleinveldt can bat although his batting has not been so good this year. Buck has contributed a few decent scores but Sanderson, Gleeson and Azhar are all No 11s. And that was probably one of the reasons that Azhar had to go.
But as has been said, a really nice man, always prepared to pass the time of day and one who contributed to some of our greatest triumphs. We shall miss him and should wishhim well.
It is just a pity that he didn't get a better send off. There have been comments on here before about the failure to recognise the contribution of loyal servants who have performed well and sadly this is another example
Ironside wrote: ↑Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:51 amAnd remember that on Wednesday Notts avoided the follow on, and possibly defeat, against Sussex because Gurney, batting 11, made 42 not out in a last wicket stand of over 70. Azhar's total score for the season was 73, although to be fair he was not out 5 times.
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