Yeah I think Willey should have been retained for the different option he gives. Never going to be a remarkable bowler, might not be a starter, but gives you a left arm seamer and can get the white ball moving early on.
Really it should have been between Archer, Wood and Plunkett for those remaining spots. I like Archer but think actually has been quite fortunate, because I don't think his two/three audition appearances in the warm-ups screamed pick me and really did enough to dislodge anyone from the squad.
Archer was a stand-out performer in the IPL against top internationals trying to hit him out the park. He was picked on a lot more than a couple of games against Pakistan.
Having an opening pair who both bowl over 90 mph is a great weapon so of course Wood was going to get in.
We need a third spinner because Root is not good enough in this format and a back-up was required to Ali & Rashid. Had we retained Willey, along with Archer, Wood, Plunkett, Curran, Stoakes and Woakes that would make 7 fast / seamers, and that's too many.
It was between Plunkett, Curran and Willey, and whoever didn't make would have been unlucky, but there you go.
I've not gone to any of the finals. Lol, just as well, Somerset have been runners up in 10 competitions in the last 10 years.
I do get to watch Somerset a few times a season. Live only 9 miles from Taunton. Sometimes get a train over, 10 minute walk to ground, and have a bit of a drinky poos and catch an evening T20, pub and then Chinese fill yer face fat fecker buffet to finish before train back.
Of course, far more sensible when catching a one day 50 over match.
Tom Banton opened and got us off to a very good start. Only 20 years old, but he's starting to live up to the hype, Edwards' balling for Hampshire might have been quick, but ended up leg side all too often in the opening exchanges.
But Banton didn't need an invitation, and twatted that ball time after time. I can see why many pundits are comparing him to one Kevin Pietersen.
Add to this the old stalwarts Trego and Hildreth coming in and producing their usual telepathic, rapid running between the wickets and we were well on our way.