I predicted then that if, after two Tests, Habib failed to make much of a score then he would be dropped and Hick and/or Atherton would be selected. And why not? After all, they know the score. They've been a part of the thrilling England Test scene over the last 10 years. They're both over 30 and they've got "class".
English cricket at all levels is an incestuous affair where places in the first XI are guaranteed until pension books are drawn - a cosy, self-perpetuating, self- promoting, senior players' clique.
What saddens me more is that too many members of the English cricket media seem to be fully paid-up members of this pitiable "if your face fits" club.
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