• England face a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, and their decisions could prove very significant over the next 12 months.

     

    I think England have to play two spinners, which means that it could be a straight fight for the second spot in the batting line-up between Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott.

     

    It is going to be very hard on Carberry if he does not get picked as he has been earmarked for an opening spot along with Alastair Cook, but there is no room for sentiment.

     

    With two spinners, it may mean that Jonathan Trott is pushed up to open the batting with Cook, and Matt Prior and that would be harsh on Carbs.

     

    I cannot see how Trott could be dropped after what he did at The Oval last summer, and it would be less upheaval for the side with Andrew Strauss to come back in after this series.

     

    The Warwickshire batsman scored a commanding century in the warm-up match, while Carberry's knocks of five and 35 were not sufficient to

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  • It's very good to be back in India. I didn't realize just how infectious the IPL was here and how much the tournament belongs here. It was great last year in South Africa and the competition caught the imagination of the fans there, but this is the Indian Premier League and it will always be better in India.

     

    I would not be against moving the IPL around to different countries, but we would then need to look after our fan base at home. Anyway, we now have a global tournament in the T20 Champions League.

     

    The boys are glad to be back home, too, and even though we have only been together a week, it has not taken us long to gel as a unit once again. They are a good bunch, and have gotten to know each other well and so it has been easy to slot themselves back into being the Chennai Super Kings.

     

    On Sunday, we begin our campaign for the IPL III crown against the defending champions, Deccan Chargers. They have already lost their opening match, to Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday, and

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  • It's been great to be back in Mumbai again this week and be reunited with team-mates old and new. The atmosphere has been great in the dressing room with everyone very focused on getting a good start to IPL III.

     

    After two disappointing years, considering the immense talent in our dressing room, we are determined to make it to the semi-finals this year. We know we have the talent so it's about getting our strategy right and delivering when it matters most.

    Our new coach Robin Singh and his assistant Paras Mhambrey have been working hard behind the scenes in the run-up to the tournament with skipper Sachin Tendulkar and our new chief executive T.A. Sekar to make sure we get it right this year. I'm confident we will.

     

    There have been some new signings and the big buzz was obviously bagging Kieron Pollard at the player auction earlier this year. He gives us some power in the middle- order and alongside Dwayne (Bravo) will also give the team some Caribbean zest when they arrive.

     

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