Going for easy pickings this morning. (Waiting for a conf call later today to confirm IF I can finally start paying some Income Tax @tokyo-saint )
Pakistan up first. Clearly the sides we picked for the winter that got smashed will give them (and then India) a close game this summer at home, but with a New Chief Selector will he go for a complete rebuild when he announces the team?
Cook, Gubbins, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Vince, Stokes, Woakes, Broad, Leach, Anderson
Vince FINALLY showed the grit that Egland needed in the winter. On that alone it would be stupid to not give him one more chance to show he has learned his lessons.
Gubbins/Stoneman is such a close call, Woakes/Wood - more for the reliability of Woakes in early English conditions and a few extra runs.
Bairstow as a batsman higher up needs at least one try, IF it proves too much for him (it didn’t for Alex Stewart) then swap Foakes for Malan and bring Bairstow/Vince/Stokes one place up the order.
Equally Root will not want to bat at 3 and I think that is not a good place for Vince yet.
So again, drop Malan, drop Cook to #3 and keep Stoneman.