On Saturday night, I wrote that England’s selectors faced a choice: be bold, or attempt to muddle through. Whilst the appointment of a player like Pietersen as captain could be viewed as “brave” or “a gamble“, the side that will face South Africa at the Oval will be not too disimilar from the one that lost at Headingley and Edgbaston. It seems muddling through is the order of the day.
The replacement of Vaughan with Bopara at Number 3 is a minor, and perhaps temporary, rearrangement. It’s difficult to shake the feeling that Pietersen was picked as captain because he’s the only batsman whose place in the side is secure, but none of the others will have cause to worry if the selectors continue in their current manner.